Monday, October 27, 2008

11/8/2008 50th Anniversary Archeological Symposium & Dinner announcement.

50th Anniversary Archeological Symposium

   Saturday, November 8, 2008 from 10am to 4pm   ¢

The event is free and open to the public, and no registration is required.

Orange Hall is a universally accessible building located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues, Middletown, NY on the campus of Orange County Community College.

Schedule of events: The schedule of events includes lectures, demonstrations of flintnapping, exhibits, and mini-presentations.

In addition, attendees are invited to bring in artifacts for examination and evaluation by senior members of the association. This is a free service.

Flintknapping is the method of manufacturing stone tools in the tradition of our ancient ancestors. This craft will be demonstrated by 

Gary Sipila and Brian Manning. Attendees will be given the opportunity of a hands-on experience.

Exhibits will consist of various collections of local artifacts plus antiquarian books and chapter memorabilia.

Following the day’s events, a reception will be held from 4:30 to 5 pm, immediately followed by a dinner catered by The Eagle’s Nest. The cost of the reception and dinner is $40, and reservations are required by November 1 and may be made through Chuck Tudor, dinner chair at (845)562-9395.

Lecture schedule

10:30 am–Barry Kass, Professor Emeritus, SUNY Orange: 

"The Dutchess Quarry Caves site near Florida, NY: Key Archaeological Discoveries of the Earliest People to Migrate through the Americas"

12:30 pm–Eugene J. Boesch, PhD, RPA, Senior Archaeologist, Historic Preservation and Archaeology: 

“From Founders to Farmers: An Archaeologist’s View of 19th Century Homes in the Hudson Valley”  Sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities, Speakers in the Humanities

2:00 pm–William Sandy, RPA: 

“Hansen Rockshelter~A Preliminary Look At A Black Dirt Area Time Capsule”

3:00 pm–David Johnson: “What are we Missing when Investigating Local Archaeological Sites?”

The Symposium is being produced by IOCCNYSAA and presented by OCCC’s Department of Cultural Affairs. Questions may be

 directed to (845)361-1019 or (845)341-489, and


Annual Chapter Dinner

6 pm

Saturday, November 8, 2008

The 2009 Annual dinner will be served at Orange Hall, catered by The Eagle’s Nest. The cost of the reception and dinner is $40, and reservations are required by November 1 and may be made through Chuck Tudor, dinner chair at (845)562-9395.

All are welcome!



The Symposium is being produced by IOCCNYSAA and presented by Cultural Affairs at SUNY Orange County Community College. Questions may be directed to (845)361-1019 or (845)341-4891, and



President Kevin Storms at 845-361-1019 


Sunday, October 26, 2008

22nd Joint Archaeological And Historical Conference - Saturday, October 25, 2008

At noontime, two dozen invigorated hikers returned from exploring the Crawford (Belcher) and Brennan mine sites, miner's cabin ruins, Indian rockshelters and up a mountain to BLACK ROCK, a sacred site of the Ramapough Lenape Indian Nation, in Sterling Forest State Park.  Hike leader was Thomas Fitzpatrick.

Chapter member, Bill Sandy led off the afternoon indoor conference with his analysis of the flotation results from Delaware sites.  An astounding array of archaeobotanical and physically small objects added immeasurably to the understanding of those sites.

Allan S. Gilbert of Fordham University, discussed his investigations as to the age of the famous NY Botanical Garden "Turtle Petroglyph."

Eugene J. Boesch narrated the story of the Jay Mansion "From Farmstead to Mansion: 18th and 19th Century Life at 'The Locusts'" in Pehham, NY.

"The Real Story of the Sterling Furnace, 1736-1923" by Doc Baynes, Sterling Forest State Park Education Ranger and conference host.

Conference mc, Susan Deeks, introduces Jonathan Witcoski who discussed the various geographical information systems and how they can add to archaeological inquiries.

Kathy Fisher from the Montville Township Historic Preservation Commission gave the story of saving and restoring the eighteenth century "Henry Doremus House - New Netherlands Heritage."

Nancy L. Gibbs of the North Jersey Highlands Historical Society happened upon a nineteenth century NY Times article that mentioned an emigrant train accident near Tuxedo. Her curiosity piqued, she researched and related the fascinating tail of the railroad's practices in promoting settlements along their rights of way.

Incorporated Orange County Chapter Of The New York State Archeological Association President, Kevin Storms,  closed the conference with the most sincere appreciation to Edward J. Lenik for his efforts in organizing this most enjoyable and successful event:

Program Chair: Edward J. Lenik: Inc.OCC, NYSAA, ASNJ and NJHHS.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The election results have been tallied.

President Kevin Storms announces result of election for Chapter's 2009 officers:
President - Dave Johnson 34 votes
Vice President - Chuck Tudor  34 votes
Treasurer - Ray Decker  31 votes
                 Fred Assmus 4 votes
Rec. Secretary - Priscilla Johnson  34 votes
Corresp. Secretary - Sharon Assmus  24 votes
                                Harriet Beers   8 votes
Trustee - (Two each for two year term 2009-2010)
              Clif Patrick  32 votes
              Kevin Storms  20 votes
              Fred Assmus  13 votes 

These are all two year terms, running from 1 January, 2009 to 31 December, 2010.

The Chapter wishes to express our appreciation to all who stood for office in addition to everyone who voted.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

October, 2008 Chapter Meeting

Chuck brought us up-to-date with the 50th Annual Dinner and Symposium plans scheduled for Saturday November 8th at OCCC in Middletown. More details to follow.

Priscilla seemed very happy to be holding the winning 50-50 ticket! Gary, likewise was pleased to win the special prize: Brian's handcrafted point. 

Following the meeting, Doug Mackey, an Historic Preservation Program Analyst with the New York State Historic Preservation Office gave a most detailed presentation on his examination of mounding cultures in New York.  The map shows areas of confirmed mounds, in the western part of the state.
Although artifacts, normally characterized with the Adena/Hopewell cultures have been found as far east as the Hudson Valley.  Have the mounds been obliterated by effects of time and plowing, or were they never constructed further east?

Sunday, October 12, 2008

THE ARCHAEOLOGIST, Vol. 9 October 2008, excerpts.

Election of Officers. All members in good standing were mailed a ballot with this newsletter. Completed ballots must be returned to Recording Secretary Priscilla Johnson before the beginning of the regular meeting on October 17th. Mail Ballots to: Priscilla Johnson, 24 Manor Drive, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 12603. 

If you are a member in good standing and have not received your ballot, please contact Ray Decker or send an email to


President's Message. Plans are progressing for daylong symposium celebrating our first fifty years. There will be speakers, exhibits and events to attend. The symposium will be held at O.C.C.C. All programs will be free and open to the general public. Everyone who is interested is urged to attend. 

The symposium will be followed by our annual dinner, at O.C.C.C., catered by The Eagle's Nest Restaurant. All who attend this dinner will be required to purchase a dinner ticket in advance. Please stay tuned for more news posted on our website as our planning becomes completed. Kevin Storms. 



Name: ______________________ Dinner @ $40.00 __ Phone No.  _________

Name: ______________________ Dinner @ $40.00 __ Phone No.  _________

Mail Form and check to: Charles Tudor, 105 Erie Ave., New Windsor, N.Y. 12553. Or 845-562-9395 

Friday, October 10, 2008

Meeting & Program for Friday, October 17, 2008

Douglas Mackey will speak on information regarding Mounds and other possible Adena/Hopewell related sites in New York State.  How have these cultural complexes affected populations in New York?  Mr. Mackey will review this work and discuss the potential relationship of other sites in New York to the Adena/Hopewell complex.



Douglas P. Mackey has been an Historic Preservation Program Analyst with the New York State Historic Preservation Office since 1997.  Mr. Mackey has been working in the CRM industry since 1980 and was previously a Project Director at several CRM consulting firms in the Northeast.  He currently serves on the City of Albany Historic Resources Commission, and as Vice President of the New York Archaeological Council, and teaches Anthropology and Native American studies at Marist College.  He has recently authored or co-authored pieces published in the New York State Museum Bulleting Series (Lithic Scatter Volume) and the Bulletin of the New York State Archaeological Association (piece on Mounds in the most recent volume - just out) and is coauthor of a volume currently being reviewed for publication by the School for Advanced Research, Advanced Seminar Series on “Archaeology and Public Policy: A New Vision for the Future.”


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The Program is free and open to the public.

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The monthly meetings of the Incorporated Orange County Chapter of the New York State Archaeological Association meeting Friday evenings at 7:30 pm are held in the community room of the Goshen Methodist Church, 115 Main St, Goshen, NY 10924. Use the Court Lane entrance - one flight up.

No meetings in July or August.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

10/25/2008: 22nd Joint Archaeological And Historical Conference announcement











Guided hike to Crawford (Belcher) and Brennan mine sites, miner's cabin ruins, Indian rockshelters and up a mountain to BLACK ROCK, a sacred site of the Ramapough Lenape Indian Nation, in Sterling Forest State Park.  Hiking shoes required.  Meet at visitor's parking lot at HENRI Building (opposite Lautenburg Visitor's Center).  We will car pool to Blue Lake.  Hike will be led by Thomas Fitzpatrick.

AFTERNOON PROGRAM: 1:00 TO 4:30, Susan Deeks, NJHHS, presiding

1:00-1:25 “Historic Archaeobotany of Delaware: 25 Years of Site Flotation.”

William Sandy, R.P.A.

1:25-1:50 “Investigating the Authenticity of the NY Botanical Garden Petroglyph.”

Dr. Allan S. Gilbert, Fordham University.

1:50-2:15 “From Farmstead to Mansion: 18th and 19th Century Life at “The Locusts” and Jay Mansion in Rye, NY.”  Eugene J. Boesch, Ph.D., R.P.A.

2:15-2:40 “Indian Raids in Orange Co.: Opportunistic or Planned Assaults? The Use of Free/Open  Source Special Software in Historic and Archaeological Contexts..”

Jonathan Witcoski, Tyco Telecommunications.

2:40-2:55 COFFEE BREAK

2:15-3:20 “The Real Story of the Sterling Furnace, 1736-1923. Doc Baynes, Sterling Forest State Park.

3:20-3:45 “Henry Doremus House – New Netherlands Herit

age.” Kathy Fisher, Montville Township Historic Preservation Commission.

3:45-4:10 “Emigrant Trains, Steerage Class on Wheels: From New York to Manifest Destiny.”

Nancy L. Gibbs, NJHHS.

4:10-4:30 Exhibition of Paintings by Kevin Storms, President, Inc. OCC, NYSAA and announcement of 50th Anniversary pf Orange County Chapter.

Program Chair: Edward J. Lenik: Inc.OCC, NYSAA. ASNJ and NJHHS

 This is a great leaf peeper day, last year standing room only...everyone is welcome.