Friday, April 21, 2017

The Chapter's April meeting is cancelled as the annual state meeting is being held the same weekend in Lake George.

Monday, January 23, 2017

January 23 executive board meeting CANCELLED!

As much as I hate to cancel tonight's executive board meeting since we were all available to get together finally, it is already snowing some at my house in Sullivan County and schools in the area are already dismissing early for the inclement weather. We have a storm watch posted for the remainder of the day/night. We'll reschedule for another upcoming Monday evening.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

January, 2017

The January edition of the Archaeologist has been sent to the membership.
(Please lets us know if your's does not arrive.)

"A Good Look at James Madison’s Montpelier,"
By Veronica Ditko who took part in the October 2013 Montpelier Archaeology Expedition, at Friday January 20th Chapter meeting.

Friday, December 16, 2016

2016 Final Meeting of the Year & Holiday Grab Bag!

The December meeting will feature the Holiday potluck dinner and the Grab-Bag.
** Please let Stephanie know what you are bringing so we can make sure there will be a variety of food and drinks at the party.
Here are the rules for the grab-bag:

    1. You can attend the meeting and not participate in the grab-bag.
    2. Anyone who wishes to participate in the grab-bag needs to contribute one of more gift.
    3. Although archaeological themes are welcome, other gift ideas are also acceptable such as baked items. In other words, simply use your imagination.
    4. We are suggesting the value of the gift be up to $10.
    5. All gifts need to be wrapped and identified as to gender specific if needed.
    6. All participants draw a number.
    7. Number 1 goes first followed by consecutive numbers.
    8. Upon taking a gift it needs to be opened and shown to the group.
    9. Following number 1 each of the other participants can either take a gift from the table or from one of the other participants with a lower number, however you cannot take the same gift back twice in the same turn.
    10. If your gift is taken you can go back to the table and take another gift, or take a gift from another person.
    11. After all the numbers are completed and gifts opened, the person with number one can exchange their gift with anyone they choose.
    12. All participants are encouraged to take a gift from another person if they like that gift. This is what makes it more interesting. So don’t be bashful.

Friday, October 21, 2016

2016 Annual Chapter Banquet update

Gary Fogelman, native American artifact expert, skilled flintknapper and World Atlatl Championhas been announced as our featured speaker!

Monday, October 10, 2016

THE ARCHAEOLOGIST Vol. 10, October, 2016

Election of officers and trustees reminder - Vote at the October meeting!
Note: Complete unabridged copies of the newsletter with ballots have been sent to the membership.
Please let us know if you have not received your copy.  

U.S. mail: 34 Clark Road, Goshen, NY 10924
Founded 1958
Vol. 10, October, 2016
Chapter meetings are held 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.
President’s Message:
Happy October to everyone! Don't forget that our wonderful co-sponsored Highlands Conference is the end of this month!  Doc will be leading a tour and giving his excellent talk on the great chain! Nominations are also still open for most of our executive committee and so far each is running unopposed after their nominations were accepted at the September meeting. See the info below about our Annual Banquet next month and please contact me with any questions! See you all on the 21st for our October meeting and Howie's presentation!
Stephanie T. Benson

October 21st program features:
Howie Banney on American Indians and U.S. Postage.
Since 1898, many U. S. Postage stamps have been issued to honor American Indians and their contributions. Below are a Die proof of “Indian Hunting Buffalo,” the first U.S. postage stamp to portray a uniquely Native American theme; and private postage issued in the 1860s by Charles Westerfvelt in Chester. Other stamps were isued on which American Indians are part of a mixed scene – for example the ten-cent 1893 "Columbus Presenting Natives" stamp or the three-cent 1934 "Wisconsin Tercentenary" stamp. The Postal Service Guide to U.S. Stamps lists all United States postage stamps and provides other useful information, including illustrations. The Guide can be found in some bookstores and Post Offices.

September 16th Dutchess Quarry Caves program led by Barry Kass. 
Barry Kass gave his presentation on the Dutchess Quarry Caves for our season opening September meeting.  It was a wonderful surprise that Bill Scott brought the original bone/antler needle found at the DQ Caves for all to see! Thanks Bill!  The meeting was very well attended with some new faces who joined us from the Middletown Historical Society, former students of Barry's and also the County Legislature! Legislators Jeff Berkman and Barry Cheney shared a very important update with our chapter regarding the proposed sale of property near the DQ Caves.  It has been heavily debated and they are working towards negotiating a bigger buffer zone around the National Registered Cave site.  PLEASE NOTE that the property that it is up for sale to the quarry company, is property that is already being leased and quarried by them, NOT THE CAVE SITE. We are so happy and honored to have the county government collaborating with us to continue keeping the caves preserved and devising future plans for public education of the site!

2016 Annual Banquet 
Saturday, November 12, 2016  12pm-4pm
Bottoms Up Restaurant
1965 NY-284, Slate Hill, NY 10973 (adjacent to Shannon Park) 
Buffet Lunch with:
Salad & Rolls
Sirloin with a mushroom gravy 
Chicken Francaise
Penne Ala Vodka
Roasted Red Potatoes
Mixed Garden Veggies Dessert: Apple Crisp 
*Tea, Coffee, Soda, Cash Bar

$28.95 per person
please RSVP with payment to Stephanie Benson by Wed. Nov. 9th
358 Rock Hill Dr. Rock Hill, NY 12775
December – Holiday Meeting/Party/Gathering
Hosted by
Over the several years the Highlands have witnessed significant negative impacts to natural and cultural resources.  Pipeline companies continue to demand space for new lines and to expand current metering stations and older lines.  Trees have been cut down, flora “grubbed” out, old foundations bulldozed as trenches are dug to lay pipe.
Groups such as our sponsors and others such as the Ramapough Lenape Indian Nation and the Ramapough Conservancy keep our heritage in the public eye.  The Highlands Conference, free to the public, presents our rich cultural history--Native American, colonial, and post-colonial, reminding all of what is once again threatened.
Please join us by presenting your research.  Presenters will have an opportunity to interact with archaeologists, historians and attendees, hear other presenters, and discuss threats, progress, persistence and preservation.  Presentations  should be no more than 25 minutes long and may be illustrated with slides or other graphic materials.  A PowerPoint projector is available.
Kindly submit a title and abstract to Edward J. Lenik, Program Chair, via email at or snail mail at Edward J. Lenik at 100 Deerfield Road, Wayne, NJ 07470-6414 by September 16, 2016 to be considered for the program.  Please include your affiliation and a brief biography.
Questions?  Call Ed Lenik at 973-835-0770 between 9AM and 4PM Monday through Friday.
REGISTRATION:  The conference is free and open to the public.  No registration is necessary.  Traditionally, the conference begins with a morning field trip followed by an afternoon of papers.
BOOKROOM:  The sponsoring organizations will have books on historical and archaeological topics for sale.
New York State Archaeology
NYAC Fall Meeting 2016
The fall meeting of the New York Archaeological Council will be held at SUNY Binghamton on October 22 from 1-5. All are welcome to attend. Details of the meeting can be found on the NYArchaeology website under the joint home page and under the NYAC homepage. If you wish to join NYAC as a graduate or full member please fill out the application form located on the NYAC website and email it to ahead of the meeting. If you wish to join as an Associate member fill out the application and mail in your check. This is an important meeting as the main event is finalizing the standards for culling and sampling archaeological collections. Hope to see you there. Our mailing address is:
New York Archaeological Council / New York State Archaeological Association
6242 Hawes Road
Altamont, NY 12009