Saturday, October 12, 2019

Orange County Chapter's 2019 Annual Banquet

Orange County Chapter's 2019 Annual Banquet
Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Fountains at the Wallkill Golf Club. 40 Sands Rd Middletown, Orange County, New York 10941
$30.00 per person
Cash Bar.
Please RSVP with payment by November 2nd to Stephanie Benson
(845) 796-0244, 358 Rock Hill Drive, Rock Hill, NY 12775.
Please make checks payable to IOCCNYSAA

Featured Banquet Speaker:
Archaeology of 19th-Century Tourism: Henrietta Wickham's Enfield Falls Hotel
by Sherene Baugher 
Over the last decade, archaeologists have begun to explore the archaeology of tourism. Sherene Baugher's presentation focuses on the role of a mid-19th century woman, Henrietta Wickham, and her creation of the middle-class tourist destination of Enfield Falls, near Ithaca, New York. In 1853, just five years after the Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, Henrietta Wickham opened a summer resort with paths and overlooks to view majestic and breath-taking waterfalls. This was at a time when it was unusual for a woman to be a business owner and landscape designer.
With her team of students from Cornell, Sherene Baugher has excavated the remnants of Henrietta Wickham's hotel, the hotel's midden, and Mrs. Wickham’s home that are buried in Robert H. Treman State Park. The presentation for the Orange County Chapter discusses the objects unearthed in the dig, what these artifacts reveal about the site of Enfield Falls, and how the students worked with the local community and descendants of Enfield Falls to present these discoveries to the public in permanent exhibits in the Park’s Mill Museum.

THE ARCHAEOLOGIST Vol. 9 October 2019 has been sent to the membership.

Please let us know if you don't get your copy.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Ed Lenik's new book: "Ramapough Lenape Heritage"

The North Jersey Highlands Historical Society is pleased to announce publication of:
With the publication of his fourth book on the Ramapough Lenape people of northern New Jersey and southeastern New York, archaeologist Edward J. Lenik celebrates a half century of research and investigation. Ramapough Lenape Heritage focuses on the archaeological evidence of continuous indigenous occupation Lenik and others have uncovered from early 20th century explorations by amateur archaeologists to the careful, scientific excavations and analyses of the late 20th and early 21st century professionals like himself. Much of the material in this book can be found only in cultural resource studies filed in New York and New Jersey state repositories.

The Stag Run Village site, the Trading Post site, the Sheffield Farm House site, the Indian Field Village site, Mountainside Farm and numerous open air campsites, workshops, lithic scatter and quarry sites are discussed. The mysterious Prehistoric Walls site in Sloatsburg, NY is presented in detail with new insights. Halifax or Green Mountain Valley in Mahwah, NJ is examined both archaeologically and historically using census data to identify some of its former occupants.
The 280-page book, printed in color, features13 tables and 128 illustrations including photographs, maps, field sketches and drawings.

Ramapough Lenape Heritage can be purchased for $20 from the North Jersey Highlands Historical Society Bookshop at Ringwood Manor State Park or can be ordered by sending a check for $20 plus $4 shipping and handling to North Jersey Highland Historical Society (NJHHS) at P.O. Box 248, Ringwood, NJ 07456.

Lenik’s 3 previous volumes are also available:
$10  Indians in the Ramapos. Survival, Persistence and Presence (1999)
$20  Ramapough Mountain Indians: People, Places and Cultural Traditions (2011)
$20  Keepers of the Pass, The Ramapough Lenape Indians (2016)

BOOK SIGNING  at the Ringwood Manor Coffee Shop
Saturday October 26, 2019
1 pm to 4 pm
Ringwood State Park
Ringwood, NJ

The North Jersey Highlands Historical Society (NJHHS), a Ringwood Manor State Park friends group, invites you to a book signing to announce the publication of a new book by author and archaeologist Edward J. Lenik.

Stop in and help us celebrate half a century of archaeological research by Ed Lenik.
The Coffee Shop is located opposite the Park Office at Ringwood Manor State Park, 1304 Sloatsburg Rd, Ringwood, NJ 07456

Friday, July 19, 2019

Brian Jones the long time Connecticut State Archaeologist passed away at age 55 on July 4.

"For those who knew him, Brian Jones the long time Connecticut State
Archaeologist passed away at age 55 on July 4. Its a tragic loss to his
family and to the archaeology profession."
From Eugene Boesch.

"State archaeologist Brian Jones was an educator and mentor to many"

Friday, July 12, 2019

Past President Marilyn C Sternitzke passed away on April 29th.

Marilyn C Sternitzke, aged 94, passed away on April 29th.

This photo was taken on Sunday, May 21 1972. The day it didn’t rain at the excavation of Sugar!
Photo provided by Joyce D. Sternitzke.
She was the Chapter's President (1977-1978). She also served as Vice President.

She was also involved in numerous digs including the Sugar Loaf Mastodon, Rockelein Site, Roosa Gap and Ten Mile River Rockshelters. Marilyn was a dedicated volunteer who devoted time and enthusiastic energy to chapter and state association activities. Her name appears in the Bulletin of the NYSAA, the ESAF Bulletin, and she is acknowledged also the article about the Ten Mile River Rockshelter dig in Man in the Northeast (now Northeast Anthropology.

Her contributions were acknowledged by the NYSAA for Meritorious Service (1976) and the Orange County Chapter: Digger of the Year (1969), Most Active Member (1973), and Achievement Award (1978).

Thanks to Joyce D. Sternitzke and Edward L. Bell for the above.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019


THE ARCHAEOLOGIST Vol. 7, July 2019 has been sent to the membership!

Join us for our Annual Picnic Sunday 7/14 at the Town of Mount Hope Park in Otisville.

 This will be rain or shine so let's hope for shine! We will have the atlatls and are excited to see any interesting items you may have questions about or just want to show and tell! The Chapter will provide hamburgers, hotdogs and fixings for our traditional strawberry short cake! Any contributions of salads, beans, snacks, dips, beverages or monetary donations are greatly appreciated but not mandatory!

If you are able to attend please let us know via at least two days before the picnic so that we have a guesstimate for good stuff!