Thursday, January 27, 2011

Ray digs Florida

 Hard at work at the Ancient Hills Site near Ocala Florida.  (Google Earth 60th  Ave. and 38th Street, look for a trail running west from a gate  on 60th across a large field leading into some trees.)   This is a historic site, the archaeologist, Willet Boyer (in dark top and blue pants standing in the pit)  is teaching a class for credit.  The  feature is looking to be a privy pit with some 18th century component in the way of ceramics.  I am seated toward the rear of the photo (arrow).    Ray

Saturday, January 22, 2011

January 18th Meeting

Vice President Chuck, on this frigid January night presided in the absence of President Dave, who is in Peru.

Program Chair, Fred, had the pleasure of introducing Doc Bayne,who gave a rousing slideshow on Iona Island, from its prehistory up to the present day.

 Doc answering questions following his formal presentation.
Thanks Doc! Great show!

David Johnson to present "The Sacred Paramo" at February 18th meeting.

The Sacred Paramo – Sacred High Andes Wetlands
 Chapter President, David Johnson, educator, photographer, researcher, water consultant, author, recently returned from Peru, will present a program about the Sacred Paramo.
 To ancient civilizations sacred sites often related to unique places such as landscapes, geological formations or environments. The Paramo, located in northern Peru in the high desolate elevations, between the upper forest line and the permanent snow line, has all of these. Ancient cultures revered the Paramo as one of the most sacred places along South America’s west coast. Last summer I had the privilege of photographing and documenting the most sacred region of the Paramo for organizations trying to preserve it as a world heritage site. This program will describe its uniqueness and spiritual significance, and how we can use this information to better understand ancient traditions and customs.

This Program is free and open to the public.
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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

An Update of Available Resources (Deeds and Documents) Located in the County Clerk's Department (Orange County Government Center)

Digging through records can yield valuable information in support of our field investigations:

Orange County Genealogical Society
1841 Historic Court House, 101 Main Street, Goshen, NY 10924
You are invited to a program
Presented by
Ms Donna Benson
Orange County Clerk
Saturday, February 5, 2011
10:30 - 11:15 AM
Orange County Genealogical Society
1841 Historic Court House 101 Main Street Goshen, NY
(2nd. floor)
"An Update of Available Resources (Deeds and Documents) Located in the County Clerk's Department (Orange County Government Center)"

Refreshments following the Program
All programs are free and open to the public.
The OCGS Research Room will be open from 12 noon to 4:00pm (Please contact us if you would like to visit earlier following the 11:15 am program)

web site: email:

Friday, January 14, 2011

Visit to Wolf Center

Hello Everyone,

I am looking for anyone whom may be interested in attending a lecture/visit to the Wolf Center in nearby South Salem N.Y. I am planning a visit for my Wildlife Art Class and need about at least 15 folks or more to plan a visit. This is an oppurtunity to see some incredible rare wolves and learn about these fascinating creatures. I am forming a list so please contact me asap to be included. contact me at Thanks, Kevin
Wolf Painting By Artist Gloria Gehl

Saturday, January 8, 2011

First Call for Papers: 95th Annual Meeting New York State Archaeological Association - April 15-17, 2011

Location: Holiday Inn, Johnstown, NY
Time: Friday, April 15 at 8:30am - April 17 at 4:30pm

First Call for Papers
Contact Program Chair: Wayne Lenig (

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Celebrate New York State History

DATE: January 15, 2011
TIME: 10:00-4:00
LOCATION: New York State Museum, Albany

Join in the celebration of New York State history.  Meet the curators 
from historic sites in the Mohawk Valley, Great Capital  Region, and
the Hudson River Valley.  Share ideas about the War of 1812
Bicentennial and the Civil War Sesquicentennial.  Tour the New York
State Museum.  Plan you visits to the historic sites of the Empire

10:00     The Mohawk Valley in New York and American History, Tricia
Shaw, Schoharie Crossing State Historic Park and the Mohawk Valley
11:00     Hudson River Art School and Jacksonian and Antebellum
America, Carri Manchester, Olana State Historic Park
12:00     Lunch Workshop: Historic Sites and the Classroom with Crailo
State Historic Site, Johnson Hall State Historic Site, Schuyler
Mansion, Shaker Heritage Society
1:00      Historic Site Displays - participating sites include
              Adirondack Museum @ Blue Mountain Lake
              Albany County Historical Society
              Arkell Museum
              Clermont State Historic Site
              Crailo State Historic Site
              Historic Cherry Hill
              Johnson Hall State Historic Site
              National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame
              New York State Library 
              New York State Military Heritage Museum
              New York State Museum
              Olana State Historic Site
              Salem Art Works
              Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
              Schuyler Mansion
              Shaker Heritage Society
              Ten Broeck Mansion
              Thomas Cole House
2:00  Native People Cart
3:00  Citizen Soldiers Museum Tour

To register send an email to IHARE at with NYS History
Day as the subject and include.

This program is being held in conjunction with:
New York State's Great Places and Spaces (12:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.)
Free program in the 1st Floor Exhibition Halls
Take a trip around New York State without leaving the Museum! An array
of the state's  historic sites and cultural institutions offer
families fun hands-on
activities, educational artifacts to explore, and information on
regional events to visit.

Go to:

3/19     Putnam County History Conference
4/16     Orange County History Conference
5/7      Dutchess County History Conference
5/14     Ulster County History Conference
TBD      Greene County History Conference
TBD      Rockland County History Conference
6/28-7/3 AMERICAN REVOLUTION Historyhostel
7/18-22  MOHAWK VALLEY Historyhostel

Dr. Peter Feinman
Institute of History, Archaeology, and Education
PO Box 41
Purchase, NY 10577


Monday, January 3, 2011

Chapter Newsletter: Vol. 1, January 21, 2011 excerpts

60 Decker Drive, Middletown, N.Y. 10940
Vol. 1, January 21, 2011

Chapter meetings are held on the third Friday of each month except July and August at the Methodist Church in Goshen, which is located on the corner of Main Street and Court Lane. All are welcome.

Meeting Notice: The January meeting will be held on Friday the 21st, at 7:30 P.M. Doc Donald Bayne will be presenting on the history of Iona Island.

President’s Message:

            Happy New Year! I want to thank our chapter members for your assistance and support during the last two years. Because of your dedication to our chapter it has been a pleasure to be president.

I look forward to all the activities we have planned for the chapter during this year. I hope all of you can attend several of the events. I will be away during January so Chuck will conduct the meeting.


Foxwoods Pequot Native American Museum

            The trip to Foxwoods is planned for Saturday, April 30th. So put the date on your calendar and your name on the signup sheet if you intend to go. We will be car pooling so we will need volunteers to drive. Details will follow as we near the date.


February 18, 2011 - Monthly Meeting – David Johnson will discuss the importance of the
            sacred lakes and mountains of Peru’s northern Andes Mountains known as the
            Paramo. Current rituals will show how they can be used to develop a better
            understanding of the ancient cultures. This program will also include a new and
            exciting approach, via ancient Peru, to attract new members as well as keep our
            current members.

March 18, 2011 - Monthly Meeting - Barry Kass will be speaking on ancient Greek
            civilizations. He visited several sites with his students and some of our chapter
            members last spring.


IOCCNYSAA Meeting Minutes – December 17, 2010

            The December meeting of the IOOCNYSAA was called to order at 7:35 on Dec.17th by David Johnson, president.  Dave welcomed everyone and thanked them for bringing items to add to the holiday festivities.
            Ray Decker gave the treasurer's report.
            There was no secretary’s report for November since the annual dinner replaced the regular meeting.
            Chuck Tudor was thanked for doing an excellent job of organizing the annual dinner held at the Fountains at the Wallkill Country Club.  John Hart from the state museum spoke about the agricultural development over the years.  This new information contradicts previous data regarding Native American agriculture.
            It was noted that our member Roy Gustafson passed away in August.
            There was no old business.  New business:  We will be hosting the 2012 state meeting and are looking for a new venue.  If you have any suggestions about a good site please let the executive committee know.  The 2011 state meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn in Johnstown, sponsored by the Van Epps-Hartley Chapter, on April 15-17. It is about a 2 ½ hour drive from here.
            The program for January will be Doc Baynes on Iona Island, February-Dave Johnson on the high Andes Paramo and March-Barry Kass on Greek archaeology.
            Stephanie Tice reported that the Florist site is closed until spring.
            The Foxwoods Trip will be April 30th.  We will be carpooling.  Anyone interested in going with us or willing to drive please let Dave know.
            We are investigating a new meeting place that will be handicapped accessible.  More information will be forthcoming.
            Gary Keeton and Stephanie have put together a site policy.  The executive committee is working to refine it.
            A poll was taken about having another flint knapping session.  A majority indicated that they would like one, with a refresher course. This will be our April program.
            The meeting was unanimously adjourned at 8 PM.  Walter McGrath was the 50/50 winner.
            The program was our Christmas party and Chinese auction, which was enjoyed by all. The assorted goodies on the enlarged refreshment table were enjoyed by all.

Respectfully submitted,

Priscilla Johnson, Secretary

Doc Bayne to present "Iona Island" program at January meeting!

Public program following the 7:30 pm January 21, 2011 meeting:
Iona Island
Doc Bayne, renowned local historian, photographer and educator, will present a program about Iona Island in the Hudson River below Bear Mountain. 
From evidence of native Americans on the island through the colonial farms and settlements, when it was known as Salisbury Island, and later as Weygant's Island. In the late 1800s it attracted tourists with an amusement park, hotel, and picnic grounds. Iona Island served as a major Northeast United States Naval arsenal from 1900 to 1965, complete with explosions, saboteurs and of course, the famous mothball fleet following WWII. Since 1965, when the Palisades Interstate Park Commission took possession, much of the island and surrounding marshes have become a wildlife preserve, providing valuable habitat for many species, including winter nesting for Bald Eagles, during which the Island is off limits to human visitors.
This Program is free and open to the public.

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