Friday, December 26, 2008

Julian Adams, Certified Local Government Coordinator to speak in Chester January 18th

Following the Chester Historical Society's Annual Meeting and Election of 2009 Officers at the 1915 Erie Station in Historical in downtown Chester at about 2:30 pm on Sunday, January 18th, 2009, the public is invited to hear:
Julian Adams,
Community Liaison and Certified Local Government Coordinator for the New York State Historic Preservation Office, speaking in Chester on the Certified Local Government Program.

 Julian's talk may interest IOCCNYSAA members because an integral part of the Certified Local Government Program are local protections for cultural assets which would include archaeological sites.

Historic Preservation has long roots in American History, although many seem to think it is a modern idea. Learn where the historic preservation movement began in the United States, how it developed philosophically and in practice, and what local communities and citizens can do to be a part of maintaining their character and sense of place. Downtown and Uptown Chester and Sugar Loaf are places that have character which have survived but are threatened!

This program helps to sustainably maintain the unique character of a community while opening up various support and funding resources to both the involved municipalities and property owners.

Link to more Certified Local Government Program info:

Julian’s Bio:
Julian Adams is the Community Liaison and Certified Local Government Coordinator for the New York State Historic Preservation Office. A native of Georgia, he holds a Masters of Historic Preservation from the University of Georgia at Athens. After a brief time in private consulting, he took a job in the Technical Services Unit of the SHPO in 1988, overseeing rehabilitations and restorations across New York State under federal and state programs. During a sabbatical from the SHPO in 1995-1996, he worked with the Historic Natchez Foundation in Natchez Mississippi, overseeing low income housing development in historic neighborhoods, working with the local preservation commission and planning department, and assisting in heritage education. In 2000 he was named head of the Technical Services Unit, overseeing all rehabilitations and restorations across New York State, a position he held until 2004. In 2005 he took a position as Sr. Architectural Historian/Historic Preservation Specialist with a nation-wide environmental consulting firm out of Dallas, Texas, where he traveled around the US working with military bases in their responsibilities to identify historic resources under Federal Historic Preservation law. He returned to state service in 2006 as Community Liaison and Certified Local Government Coordinator, assisting communities and municipalities across New York State with their preservation issues.

For more info and a copy of the flyer:

Or email the Chester Historical Society at:

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

First Call for Papers 93rd NYSAA Annual Meeting

The Lewis Henry Morgan Chapter New York State Archaeological Association

First Call for Papers 93rd Annual Meeting

New York State Archaeological Association

April 17, 18 and 19, 2009

The Lewis Henry Morgan Chapter, NYSAA, is pleased to announce the First Call for Papers for the 93rd Annual Meeting of the New York State Archaeological Association. The meeting will be held at the gracious Woodcliff Resort and Spa, located high up in the hills near Victor, with spectacular views of the Rochester skyline and the surrounding countryside. We envision this as a very special "destination" meeting at competitive prices, thanks to our off-season dates. The hotel is located at 199 Woodcliff Drive, Fairport, NY 14450. Complete directions can be obtained at

The resort is conveniently located just off the New York State Thruway and within an easy connection to the Rochester bus and train stations. Nearby attractions include the Ganondagan State Historic Site, Rochester Museum and Science Center and the Valentown Museum. Shopping and dining opportunities include the Casa Larga Vineyard, Eastview Mall and the New York Wine and Culinary Center. 

The program will be chaired by Douglas Pippin. Abstracts in MS Word are preferred and should be emailed to Alternatively, a hard copy may be mailed to: Douglas Pippin, Department of Anthropology, 310 Mahar Hall, SUNY Oswego, Oswego, NY 13126. Deadline for submissions is March 15, 2009.

In addition to your mailing address, please include your email address and your Chapter or At-Large Affiliation with your abstract, and any AV equipment that you will need for your presentation. Additionally, if you would like to display a poster, please note that a table will be made available, you will have to provide all other display needs for your poster.

We hope to see you in April of 2009 at the Woodcliff Resort for the 93rd Annual Meeting of the New York State Archaeological Association!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Tonight's meeting cancelled due to weather!

The major snow storm forecast for today has, indeed arrived, blanketing the region in white.
December 19, 2008 meeting cancelled.

Ho! Ho! Ho! & Happy New Year to all!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

“The Archaeologist” Vol. 10, December, 2008 issued!

The Archaeologist” has been mailed to all members in good standing. - If you haven’t recieved yours, contact Ray or use the email link on this page to let us know.

Here are a few excerpts:

Meeting Notice: The December meeting will be held on Friday, December 19 at 7:30 P.M. Member Angela Nardo will present an illustrated talk about Rock Art Ranch, a petroglyph site in Joseph, Arizona. Bring a friend to see these amazing slides.


President's Message: 

Dear members: For the past four years it has been my pleasure to serve this organization as president. I have been truly fortunate to see our group grow and prosper. Of all the things we have achieved, I am most proud to see us out reaching the community and sharing our passion for archaeology. Over the course of my own brief involvement with this science I have witnessed much change to our natural world and in many cases a silent victim of this has been our cultural resources which lay buried below in our soils unable to ever emerge and tell the story of America's past as only they can. We as members can help make these artifacts and traces meaningful by sharing the knowledge we possess with others. 

President Johnson will need all of our support to continue our growth and well being in the years ahead. We will be hosting the 2010 Spring meeting which will be demanding of our time and talents, we have started several new ventures and we have returned to the field. There is something for everyone to do and I would encourage each to do their part. As a final thank you to all of you who have participated and helped our chapter during my shift I am truly grateful. May each and everyone of you enjoy this holiday season and keep well in the New Year. Sincerely, Kevin Storms, President.


Symposium: President Kevin Storms and Dinner Chailman Chairman Chuck Tudor, assisted by several members, organized our first symposium. Attenda

nce was excellent, congratulations to all who contributed. A day of lectures and demonstrations, displays and just good conversation was followed by a catered dinner of excellent quality. Retiring President Kevin Storms was presented with a plaque commemorating his service as well as memorable artifact crafted by member Gary Sipila and named in his honor.

The Orange County Chapter, NYSAA, has completed its 50th year with a long list of accomplishments and contributions to NYS archaeology. Today, the chapter is growing and moving into new areas of interest induding the study of lithic technology and weaponry. We have begun publishing our Occasional Papers series, a venue for members to report sites and special artifacts. We have positioned ourselves as the eyes and cars of the NYS museum with respect to local archaeology. Most of all we have finally reached an understanding with the political structure in Orange County by which is now insured the preservation of Dutchess Quarry Caves Complex, ending 40 years of confrontational relations with the County.


The Incorporated Orange County Chapter of the New York State Archaeological Association normally meets monthly on the third Friday, 7:30 pm in the community room of the Goshen Methodist Church, 115 Main St, Goshen, NY 10924.  Please enter by the side door on Court Lane. The community room is one flight up and to your right.