Happy New Years!
Saturday, December 19, 2009
President Dave Johnson opened the last meeting of 2009 with reports of recent Chapter activities;
A hearty round of applause acknowledged Chuck Tudor's chairmanship of the Annual Diner in November. A most enjoyable and memorable night, Thank you Chuck!
Steph reported on the first visit to a new site along the former banks of the Wallkill River, which looks very promising.
Ray Decker reported on our finances and began distributing the latest edition of our "Occasional Papers" - #3. Available in printed form or as a cd. Every member in good standing as of this meeting is entitled to one copy, with additional copies available at $10 each. They will be distributed at the next couple meetings, or you can pick up your copy at Clif Patrick's insurance office at 119 Rte. 17M, in Chester. For directions, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In place of our scheduled program which had been cancelled, President Dave, setup a Christmas lottery. The deal being that the number one ticker holder picked from a table of wrapped gifts. Subsequent people had their choice of previously picked items or from the table.
First up was Richard, who unwrapped a magnificent piece of petrified wood from Mongolia. Naturally, that being a very desirable gift, it changed hands many times during the evening!
Drawing ticket number two was Dave, who, true to form, went for the strangestly wrapped item on table. It was a wonderfully made atlatl, hand crafted by Gary! Well, there began a fantastic journey, only a little bit of which is documented below:
A very determined Sharon reluctantly surrendered it to Walt.
A few turns later, she recovered it from its hiding place as Walt, so forlorn, looks on.
Chuck, then liberated it from Sharon.
Bob looked so happy as he took possession!
Fred said that he'll like to hold on to it for a few minutes.
Chuck and Bob went back and forth before Priscilla took it away from them.
June, who had been quiet as the Christmas mouse, had the last ticket and brought the atlatl back to her table.
The first to go is also the last to go, so Richard tracked down Teri and took home that piece of petrified wood after all.
As Dave tried to wrap things up, June marched him over and, as is her nature, generously presented the atlatl to him, thus closing the meeting to the relief of our bellies, aching from all the laughter!
Ho! Ho! Ho!
And to all a good night!
Happy New Years!
Happy New Years!
Saturday, December 12, 2009
"James (Jimmy) B. Griffin is a well known name in America's 20th century archaeology. However, you will have to look pretty far to read about what did in the summer of 1931 as a graduate with a master's degree in Sociology and Anthropology.…"
The Griffin Report
by Deb Twigg and Dick Cowles
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
6:30pm – 7:30pm
At SRAC, 345 Broad St, Waverly, NYMore info at:
SRAC "River, Rocks, and Time"
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Individual paper abstracts, panel proposals, workshop plans, and other program suggestions are invited for the 2010 conference to be held in the Ithaca area. Presentations may consider any aspect of the history of New York State over the past 400 years. Diverse theoretical perspectives and innovative methodological approaches are welcomed.
What is the Conference?
The Conference on New York State History is an annual meeting of academic and public historians, librarians and archivists, educators, publishers, and other interested individuals who come together to discuss topics and issues related to the people of New York State in historical perspective and to share information and ideas regarding historical research, programming, and the networking of resources and services. Ten to fifteen presentation sessions, workshops, and a keynote address permit more than fifty individuals to take part in the formal program.
Special consideration is accorded first-time presenters, graduate students, and local government historians. The conference is self-sustaining and is organized by a committee of historians from a variety of institutions across the state.
Interested parties are encouraged to discuss proposals and any conference-related ideas with Field Horne, conference chair (e-mail preferred). The Program Committee will meet to consider proposals in mid-January. Applicants will be notified immediately thereafter.
What to submit:
All proposals must be received by December 31, 2009 at 5:00 PM. If at all possible, submit an MS Word document by e-mail to email@example.com. A proposal should be a one-page description of each presentation—not the full manuscript—and must include the following information at the top of the page: paper and/or session titles, names, postal addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of all participants, and all equipment needs and scheduling requests. It should also briefly discuss sources, methodology, and argument.
All program participants are required to register for the conference.
Qualified commentators for sessions are needed. Please indicate your willingness, with your areas of expertise, in an e-mail to the conference chair.
How to submit:
Send proposals to:
Field Horne, Conference Chair
Conference on NYS History
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866¬0215
Sponsored by the Archives Partnership Trust, New York State Historical Association and funded by the New York Council for the Humanities.
Friday, December 4, 2009
** Meeting Notice: The December meeting will be held on Friday the 18th, at 7:30 P.M. It will be a Christmas party.
Once again I have to start out congratulating Chuck Tudor for a job well done. Fifty-three members attended the annual dinner at the Fountains. The food, atmosphere and speaker were great and several people commented on how they enjoyed the evening.
(See prior post)
We are going to try something different at the December meeting. Have some fun with a grab-bag. Here are the rules:
- You can attend the meeting and not participate in the grab-bag.
- Anyone who wishes to participate in the grab-bag needs to contribute a gift.
- Although archaeological themes are welcome other gift ideas are also acceptable such as baked items. In other words simply use your imagination.
- We are suggesting the value of the gift be up to $10.
- All gifts need to be wrapped and identified as to gender specific if needed.
- All participants draw a number.
- Number 1 goes first followed by consecutive numbers.
- Upon taking a gift it needs to be opened and shown to the group.
- 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.
- If your gift is taken you go back to the table and pick another gift.
- The last person can pick the remaining gift on the table or from anyone else.
- 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.
*** If anyone is interested in bringing something for a Christmas refreshment table please let David and Priscilla Johnson know in advance.
December – Christmas Party with grab-bag
January – Stone formations – Glenn Kreisberg
February – Historic archaeology – Stephanie Tice
March - Flintlocks of the French and Indian War through the Revolution
I look forward to seeing you at the upcoming events.
NEW SITE – Goshen
On Sunday, November 15, 2009 around 15 members met at the Goshen site. Stephanie, our field chairperson, organized a preliminary survey along 100 ft consisting of 10 shovel holes to determine where there might be a pre-historic site. We found fire cracked rocks, scrapers, and a point which appears to be archaic. Flint / chert chips were located in nearly every pit. Based on this preliminary survey we all agreed it is worth continuing with a broader and more detailed excavation of this site. We will continue at the site in the spring.
With all the activities going on this fall we somehow omitted the election of one of the trustees. The trusteeship currently held by Gary Keeton is up for election this year. The nominating committee endorses his nomination. We will accept additional nominations at the next meeting.
We received the following notice from the State. This is an annual award and it is possible someone within our chapter or associated with it could qualify.
***** AWARD OF $ 500 *****
***** A year’s membership in NYSAA******
Administered by the
TO APPLY FOR THIS AWARD, A STUDENT MUST BE A NEW YORK RESIDENT ENROLLED IN AN ACCREDITED NEW YORK STATE COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY UNDERGRADUATE ANTHROPOLOGY or HISTORY PROGRAM. THE STUDENT APPLICANT MUST HAVE COMPLETED A MINIMUM OF 30 CREDIT HOURS, BE MAJORING IN ANTHROPOLOGY OR HISTORY AND BE INTENDING A CAREER IN ARCHAEOLOGY (PREHISTORIC, HISTORIC, MILITARY, INDUSTRIAL, UNDERWATER ARCHAEOLOGY OR MUSEOLOGY) AND HAVE A FINANCIAL NEED.
THE APPLICANT MUST PROVIDE:
1). A CURRENT COLLEGE TRANSCRIPT SHOWING A “B” AVERAGE OR BETTER
2). A FINANCIAL NEED STATEMENT
(financial aid verification form from college)
3). A LETTER DESCRIBING INVOLVEMENT IN ARCHAEOLOGICAL PROJECTS, A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF FINANCIAL NEED AND FUTURE PLANS (stated in the applicant’s own words & writing)
4). A RECOMMENDATION FROM A PROFESSIONAL ARCHAEOLOGIST
APPLICATION FOR THIS AWARD MUST BE POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN the last day of FEBRUARY. It is advised materials be sent earlier in the event the committee has questions. All materials are to be sent to Dr. Ellis McDowell-Loudan at the following address.
Dr. ELLIS McDOWELL - LOUDAN
3 WEST ACADEMY ST.
McGRAW, NY 13101
A committee composed of professional and avocational members of the Beauchamp Chapter will review the applications in March and select the award recipient.
THE AWARD WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT THE NYSAA ANNUAL MEETING IN APRIL
Long time member and Chapter Trustee Mead Stapler passed away recently. He was a prolific author in the field of events leading to the War of the Revolution and he held the prestigious Certificate of Merit Award from the NYSAA.
*** If anyone has any archaeology magazines or others related to this topic and would like to share them with other members please bring them in.
*** Forum: Members are encouraged to send in items for the next newsletter.
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