Thursday, October 20, 2016

"John Adams: The Overlooked Founding Father" to be presented at SRAC Tuesday, November 1st

John Adams: The Overlooked Founding Father

“John Adams: The Overlooked Founding Father” will be presented by Michael Sisto at the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center at 345 Broad Street in Waverly, NY on Tuesday November 1st from 6:30-7:30pm.

"Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence" — John Adams

When someone mentions the term “Founding Fathers”, some notable names come to mind: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, Paul Revere, John Hancock, Samuel Adams and Alexander Hamilton. We think of these people because this is what we have been taught, these are the “heroes” of the American Revolution. However, there is a KEY member of the “Founding Fathers” that is usually over looked. There are no memorials on the National Mall for him, he is not on our currency, and although there are many stories about him, they are not mentioned in school, except in higher education; this man is John Adams.

Michael Sisto is a SRAC Board Member and has recently secured a position with the Roberson Museum and Science Center.  He received his Bachelor of Arts in History from Mansfield University and earned his Master of Arts in Museum Studies from John’s Hopkins University.  Michael’s focus is presidential history, specializing in the founding fathers and Abraham Lincoln.

Museum opens at 6pm with admission donations of $4 for SRAC members and $5 for general public accepted at the door.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Thanks for making Drumbeats Through Time 2016 the Best Yet!

If you missed it, here is the presentation by Dan Caister and Dr. DeeAnne Wymer on SRAC's excavation at the Desisti site this year!

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Are You Attending SRAC's Annual Membership Meeting Before Drumbeats!

Please Call SRAC at 607-565-7960 and let us know if you plan to attend the annual membership luncheon this Saturday before DrumBeats Through Time begins. (If you have not renewed your membership this year you can when you arrive) Members at the annual meeting will get a free t-shirt and we are having it catered so need a head count. This year's Drumbeats is going to be incredible so don't miss it!  Hope to see you this Saturday!

SRAC “Drumbeats Through Time This Saturday, October 15th

The Susquehanna River Archaeological Center 13th annual Drumbeats Program on Saturday October 15th includes an exclusive membership meeting in the morning and an afternoon filled with great presentations for the public. Starting at 1pm, speakers include Dr. DeeAnne Wymer and Dan Caister presenting their findings to date from the excavation underway by SRAC, Deb Twigg presenting the 100 year anniversary of the Susquehanna River Expedition, Seneca Representative Dick Kane presenting Native American pipes and their uses, and as is the tradition for SRAC, the event closes with the national award winning “Buffalo Creek Dancers” from the Seneca nation to share their songs, dances and culture with the attendees. It’s a unique experience for all ages to enjoy for free.

Current members are invited to attend the annual luncheon beginning at 11:00 am – 12:30pm. Annual memberships can be renewed or initiated by stopping in SRAC before the event, joining at the event, or by visiting www. and clicking on “Memberships

October is “Archaeology Month” and SRAC is also hosting is a Public Archaeology day on Saturday, October 22nd and invite the public to sign up to take part in the actual excavation and to learn from their professional staff about the excavation and even take part. SRAC’s Deb Twigg explains, “Early this summer SRAC began excavating a local Native American site that is on the verge of being erased by the plow and impacted by modern land use. Lead by archaeologist Dan Caister and anthropologist Dr. DeeAnne Wymer, (both board members of SRAC) our excavations have revealed that the site is over 1000 years old and may be the remains of an ancient village – most importantly our research is yielding important information concerning the ancient people who once lived in our locality. It is our hope to collect whatever data is still available before it is gone forever. The public is invited to be a part of this excavation to experience our prehistoric past and what SRAC is dedicated to up close.”

“Twigg added,”As you might guess, this is a huge effort by the all volunteer staff of the SRAC museum as well as an expensive endeavor that we hope that you will come to our event and continue to support our efforts.”