Wednesday, October 15, 2014

"Reading the Woods" Program following the October 17th meeting.

What is living in the woods? How do you know what is there or what is not there? You just need to know what to look for. Come and learn the tell·tale signs of the forest so that next time you hike, you will know what lurks in the woods you are in the woods.

Chapter member, Doc Bayne, is a former Environmental Educator at Sterling Forest State Park and leads many educational hikes in the Hudson Valley. 



Sunday, October 5, 2014

THE ARCHAEOLOGIST Vol. 10, October, 2014 Excerpts

THE ARCHAEOLOGIST Vol. 10, October, 2014 has been emailed to members in good standing and for those without email, the postal versions will be in tomorrow's mail. 

If your dues are up to date and you do not receive your newsletter, please contact us via email: ioccnysaa@gmail.com

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THE ARCHAEOLOGIST
Vol. 10, October, 2014

Chapter meetings are held 7:30 pm on the third Friday of each month except July, August & November, at the Mulbury House Senior Center located at 62-70 West Main Street, Middletown, NY 10940.
All are welcome to our meetings at the Mulbury House Senior Center!
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Vice-President’s Message
Welcome back! It was great to see so many attend our September meeting and if you weren't able to, we missed you! Our scheduled speaker for last month, Jim Wisochlo, had a last minute work obligation and was unable to attend. Instead, we were able to hear the wonderful news and explanation of a recent local Mastadon excavation that members Gary and Glen K., and Gary S. were able to be a part of. I hope everyone is able to make the October meeting, our show and tell topic will be Iron! I also hope that everyone will take part in the upcoming activities planned for this fall. Be sure to vote for officers, enjoy the always great Highlands Conference, and don't forget the annual Banquet/Lunch in November. Reminder: there is no regular meeting in November as it is replaced by the annual Banquet. 
Stephanie

Bring your Iron for the October meeting Show & Tell!

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2015 New York State Archaeological Association Conference
The 99th Annual NYSAA Meeting will be May 1-3, 2015 at the Ramada Inn in Watertown, NY hosted again by the 1000 Islands and Finger Lakes Chapters. The hotel rate will be the same as it was two years ago ($75/night)! The Banquet speaker will be Dr. Darrin Lowery. The call for papers is now open with an abstract deadline of March 1st. More details will be posted soon.


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Fall Election - This fall, all of the officers and two trustees’ term expire.  Ballots will be collected by the October meeting and results announced at the Annual Dinner
 Official Ballots one per current Chapter member in good standing should be returned to Suzanne & Norm Brahm before October 17th.
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Chapter Annual Meeting & Banquet 
Saturday, November 15th at High Noon
Tony Boffa’s Restaurant
75 Railroad Avenue
Middletown, NY 10940
(845) 343-8842 or www.tonyboffas.com
Our Banquet Menu Selections to be announced.
$25 per person
(Sharon must receive your paid reservation before November 1st)
$35 per person
(For reservations received after November 1st)
Featured Speaker: Ed Lenik
Will speak about Indians in the Ramapos, generally based on his first book which has more archaeology in it. "Indians in the Ramapos" is still probably the best title.
This was the abstract for that book:
Archaeologist Ed Lenik sifts through the layered evidence of human history in the Ramapo Mountains and the general northern New Jersey southeastern New York region to detect patterns that bear witness to Indians in the Ramapos. The archaeological record indicates a strong, continuous and persistent presence of Indian bands in the northern Highlands Physiographic Providence-Ramapos well into the 18th century. Historical accounts record the presence of Indians in the Highlands during the 19th and 20th centuries. Oral traditions, and settlement and subsistence activities are examined as well. Using these resources, Lenik develops a story that testifies to the presence, persistence and survival of Indians in the Ramapos.Lenik, a regional archaeologist with over 30 years of experience researching and investigating the history of the Highlands, is well known as a lecturer, hike leader and author in northern New Jersey. His dictum, “Search the records before you dig,” has directed him through years of searching archives, libraries, museums and collections seeking references to the continuing Indian presence in the Highlands. He has developed a close relationship with the Ramapough Lenape Nation and has interviewed tribal elders. He has been an avid historical hiker for years, stopping to explore the vanishing evidence of human occupation in the forests of northern New Jersey.
See Sharon directly or mail your paid reservations to her at:
** Please get your reservation in by November 1st. If you wait until after the first, it will cost you ten dollars more per person.

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Total Reservations at $25 each. _______________
Total Amount Enclosed. _______________
Please mail to: Sharon Assmus, 10 Keystone Park, Middletown, NY 10940
Tel: 845-343-1671
Or Stephanie Benson, 358 Rock Hill Dr. Rock Hill, NY 12775. Email: ioccnysaa@gmail.com
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Florist Site
"We will not be digging on 10/12 during Columbus Day weekend! Our last day in the field for this season is tentatively set for 10/26 so come out and help before we have to wrap up!". Check the Chapter’s Facebook page:www.facebook.com/IOCCNYSAA or the latest dates and announcements. 

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28TH ANNUAL HIGHLANDS CONFERENCE
Hosted by
THE NORTH JERSEY HIGHLANDS HISTORICAL SOCIETY
INC. ORANGE COUNTY CHAPTER NYSAA
FRIENDS OF STERLING FOREST STATE PARK

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2014
LAUNTENBURG VISITOR CENTER, STERLING FOREST STATE PARK
115 OLD FORGE ROAD, TUXEDO, NY

CONFERENCE THEME: HISTORIC IRONMAKING 

In 2014 we celebrate the 250th anniversary of the arrival of Ironmaster Peter Hasenclever in Ringwood in 1764. 

Please join us at this “IRONMASTERS CONFERENCE.” Topics will include aspects of the iron industry – works, mines, owners and workers, etc. Presentations are 25 minutes and may be illustrated with digital projects. You will will have an opportunity to interact with presenters and fellow iron buffs, archaeologists, and iron industry historians. The event is free to attend, but reservations will be required as space is limited.

Sterling Forest State Park is an historic iron site containing Sterling Furnace, the ruins of a workers village, ruins of iron related buildings and many mines. The beautiful Launtenburg Visitor Center overlooks Sterling Lake and contains several exhibits relating to the history of iron mining and manufacturing in the Park along with an introductory movie that describes the region and its resources.

Need more info – contact: Edward J. Lenik, R.P.A., Program chair, via email at ioccnysaa@gmail.com

 or snail mail at 100 Deerfield Road, Wayne, NJ 07470-6414.

Walking tours of iron sites in the region are being planned and the three sponsoring organizations will have books for sale in the Bookroom.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Orange County Land Trust 2015 Calendar Reception October 3rd

Join Exposures Gallery and the Orange County Land Trust for the:
2015 Calendar Kick-off Reception
Friday, October 3rd, 7-9 pm

The reception will feature an exhibit of photographs by Nick Zungoli published in the 2015 Orange County Land Trust Calendar. Stop Exposures Gallery, 1357 Kings Highway, Sugar Loaf, NY by any time from 7 to 9 pm and enjoy complimentary refreshments and meet members of the Land Trust Board.


 
Calendars will also be available for purchase at a special one-day discounted price of $10 and 25% of Nick's print sales are donated to OCLT! 

 
All proceeds from our annual calendar sale help the Orange County Land Trust fulfill its mission of preserving the county's natural areas, wildlife habitats and farmland.

Archaeology Symposium At Hawthorne, NJ Library - Nov 8

2nd Archaeology Symposium at Hawthorne, NJ Library - Nov 8 hosted by Chapter member, Veronica Ditko:

Saturday, September 20, 2014

2014-09-19 Meeting


V-P Steph presided at the meeting bringing those in attendance up to date on the various Chapter projects and events. Nominations for our upcoming elections were opened, but more to follow on that subject.
We were disappointed when tonight's scheduled speaker, Jim Wosochlo, called early Friday morning to say he was unexpectedly called into work and couldn't make it to Middletown. But, when Steph said she had arranged an alternate program, she wasn't kidding, introducing Gary S. & Gary K.!



Gary S. began telling the story how, last week, he struck up a conversation with a guy, who had just arrived in our area for a job from down south. The conversation turned to archaeology, and when the visitor learned of  Gary's interest, he mentioned that he was looking for Gary K. and wondered if Gary knew Gary. Well, of course he did! Gary S. connected with Gary K., who upon hearing of the project, called is son Glenn, who immediately left his office at the Museum of Natural History.

They all converged at the site in Pine Island, where the farmer clearing the ditch above, hit something. In that grey muck in the left of the photo were mastodon bones!

The Garys proceeded to tell how they got right into the muck and recovered what is thought to be roughly half of an articulated mature male with lots of slides. 

Gary showing a few photos on his phone that didn't make it into the slide show.

This was absolutely fascinating and wonderful talk!
Bravo Gary, Gary & Glenn!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Change to tonight's meeting.

Tonight's scheduled speaker, Jim Wosochlo, got called in to work tonight, so we'll have to reschedule his talk!

V-P Steph has arranged an alternate program, "so we will be fine tonight!"

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Program for October 25, 2014 Highlands Conference

28TH ANNUAL
HIGHLANDS ARCHAEOLOGICAL AND HISTORICAL CONFERENCE

PRESENTED BY
THE NORTH JERSEY HIGHLANDS HISTORICAL SOCIETY
THE INC. ORANGE COUNTY CHAPTER, NYSAA
THE FRIENDS OF STERLING FOREST

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2014
Image credit: http://www.hudsondesign.pro/images/projects/thumbnail/326x0-86-EXTERIOR2.jpg
LAUTENBURG VISITOR CENTER, STERLING FOREST STATE PARK
115 OLD FORGE ROAD, TUXEDO, NEW YORK

Image Credit: Orange County Historical Society
MORNING FIELD TRIP: 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM. Join Doc Bayne on a hike to the Crossway, Paterson, Conklin, Mountain and Smith mines. Meet at the hiker's parking area located on the west side of Long Meadow Road, county Route 84. Look for driveway entrance just south of the Scott Mine Hoist Tower and opposite the Town of Tuxedo recycling area. Hike will start promptly at 9:00 AM.


FORMAL PROGRAM: Nancy L. Gibbs, presiding.
11:00 AM -11:10 AM Welcome by Ralph Colfax, President, NJHHS

11:10 AM - 11:35 AM “Peter Hasenclever in His Own Defense.”
Nancy L. Gibbs, North Jersey Highlands Historical Society

11:35 AM - Noon “The 'Forgotten' Documents at the Ringwood Manor Archives” Hans R. Niederstrasser, Friends of Long Pond Iron Works

12:00 - 1:00 PM Lunch (on your own)

1:00 PM - 1:25 PM “In Search of the Tuxedo-Ringwood Canal and Ringwood Forge. Archaeological Investigations Conducted by the North Jersey Highlands Historical Society.”
Edward J. Lenik, R.P.A., NJHHS & INC.OCCNYSAA.

1:25 PM - 1:50 PM “The Andover Ironworks, Come Penny, Go Pound, an Eighteenth CenturyCharcoal Iron Plantation in the Appalachian Highlands of New Jersey.”
Kevin Wright, Historic New Bridge Landing Park Commission

1:50 PM – 2:15 PM “Valentines & Thomas - 19th Century Ironmasters & Innovators: Archaeological and Historical Investigations of the Valentine & Co. Iron Ore Washing Plant (36CE526), Centre County, Pennsylvania.”
Gary F. Coppock, Skelly & Loy, Inc.

2:15 PM – 2:30 PM COFFEE BREAK

2:30 PM – 2:55 PM “A Theoretical Layout of the Colonial Ironworks at Long Pond.”
Paul Frost, Friends of Long Pond Ironworks

2:55 PM – 3:20 PM “The History of the Crossway, Paterson, Conklin, Mountain, and Smith mines at Sterling Forest State Park.”
Donald “Doc” Bayne, Friends of Sterling Forest.

3:20 PM – 3:45 PM “'Go East, Young Man': What Robert Esrkine Didn't Do.”
Carol Siri Johnson, PhD., New Jersey Institute of Technology

11:00 AM – 4:00 PM BOOK ROOM
PROGRAM CHAIR: Edward J. Lenik, R.P.A., NJHHS. INC.OCCNYSAA
Meeting Facilities courtesy of Sterling Forest State Park,
Jeff Hutchinson, Park Manager