Monday, December 31, 2012

Friends of the Fishkill Supply Depot Annual Meeting and Election

Annual Meeting and Election:
Saving America's Last Great Revolutionary War Site 
Dear Friends of the Fishkill Supply Depot,
     FOFSD will soon be holding its annual meeting and the election of new Trustees. We are accepting nominations for new board members starting now and invite you to attend the annual meeting, to be held on January 26, 2013. The schedule is as follows:
     Nominations may be made from now until January 5, 2012. … Please send nominations to and include the nominee's name and email address (and/or phone number) as well as your own. Four of the current nine (4 of 9) board positions will be filled through this election, as the top 4 vote-getters will become trustees. Once elected, these new board members will serve for 2 years. With this (2013) election, the annual election of board members will occur in groups of 5 and 4 board members, with each respective group serving two-year terms.
     Nominees will be contacted to determine acceptance of their nominations, and those who accept will be asked to provide a brief bio and reason for seeking board membership by January 9th.
The final slate of candidates will be announced via email and Facebook and on our website on January 12th. FOFSD is an open membership organization; anyone who is interested in and supportive of our organizational goals may cast a ballot (by email) in advance of the annual meeting. Election participants may vote for up to 4 candidates, with no more than one vote per candidate.
     The annual meeting will be held (Saturday, January 26, 2012 at 11 am) in the Cross Room at the East Fishkill Community Library (348 NY Route 376, Hopewell Junction, NY). All supporters of FOFSD are encouraged to attend the annual meeting (and we hope you will). Refreshments will be served at a meet-and-greet style event that will end with a discussion of our goals for 2013. Ballots will be available at the meeting, votes will be counted, and election results announced. [Note: Those persons who voted by e-mail will not be permitted to cast an additional vote at the annual meeting.]
We ask that you start sending in nominations now, consider joining the board, and mark your calendars for the annual meeting!
With gratitude, 
The Board of Trustees of the Friends of the Friends of the Fishkill Supply Depot 
President - Lance Ashworth
Secretary - Judy Wolf
Treasurer - Paula Sarvis
Trustee - Jim Burr
Trustee - John McLaughlin
Trustee - William "Bill" Sandy
Trustee - Julie Mirsberger

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Call For Papers for 2013 State Meeting in April, Watertown, NY

Call For Papers
New York State Archaeological Association

97th Annual Meeting
April 26-28, 2013
Ramada Inn, Watertown, NY
The Finger Lakes and Thousand Islands Chapters are proud to host the 97th Annual Meeting of the New York State Archaeological Association and the annual spring meeting of the New York Archaeological Council. NYAC will meet Friday. The NYSAA annual business meeting will be Friday evening, with paper presentations all day Saturday and on Sunday morning. The annual banquet and awards ceremony will be held Saturday evening. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Claude Chapdelaine, discussing the search for Paleo-Indians in the far Northeast. All events will be at the Ramada Inn, conveniently located on Exit 45 off I-81.

This is an open call for papers on the archaeology of New York and adjoining regions. Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes in length. Time will be allowed for questions following the presentation.
Each speaker may present only one paper, although individuals may co-author multiple papers. All speakers must register for the conference.

Deadline for Abstracts: March 1, 2013
Abstracts (one paragraph, 150 words or less) and A/V preference must be received by March 1, 2013 for consideration. You will be notified by March 10 if your paper is accepted.
Meeting registration for paper presenters must be pre-paid by March 20, 2013, or your paper will be dropped from the program.

Registration information will be available online at

Please send your title, abstract, A/V preference and contact address to: Wendy Bacon, 2013 NYSAA 
Program Co-Chair at: []

Conference Co-Organizers:
Tim Abel (President Thousand Islands Chapter)

Wendy Bacon (Secretary Finger Lakes Chapter)
Sherene Baugher (President NYSAA)
Laura Johnson-Kelly (President Finger Lakes Chapter).
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Friday, December 21, 2012

December, 2012 Meeting

Following the official  meeting, we got to the serious part: The Holiday Grab Bag!

First Pres. Dave read the rules, making sure that there where at least as many rules as people!

Then the fun began:

Newest member: Kathryn, held Gary's hand crafted atlatl several times!!

Happy Holidays to All
& See Ya Next Year!

Friday, December 14, 2012

IOCCNYSAA newsletter excerpts from Vol. 9, December 1, 2012

Vol. 9, December, 2012
Chapter email -

Chapter meetings are held on the third Friday of each month except July and August.
President's Message
It is hard to believe how fast fall went. The annual dinner went very well with 34 attending. Our treasurer Jon Leonard, received the Certificate of Merit Award. We are planning another busy schedule for 2013 and hope many of you can attend the events. I look forward to seeing you at the Christmas Party.
December Program (Friday the 21st)  CHRISTMAS PARTY
*** If anyone is interested in bringing something for the Christmas refreshment table please let David and Priscilla Johnson know in advance. This way we will know what we are missing.
Phone – 845-454-1860

Holiday Party Grab-Bag

The December meeting will feature the third Holiday Grab-Bag. Here are the rules:

  1. You can attend the meeting and not participate in the grab-bag.
  2. Anyone who wishes to participate in the grab-bag needs to contribute a gift.
  3. Although archaeological themes are welcome, other gift ideas are also acceptable such as baked items. In other words, simply use your imagination. 
  4. We are suggesting the value of the gift be up to $10.
  5. All gifts need to be wrapped and identified as to gender specific if needed.
  6. All participants draw a number.
  7. Number 1 goes first followed by consecutive numbers.
  8. Upon taking a gift it needs to be opened and shown to the group.
  9. 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, however you cannot take the same gift back twice in the same turn.  
  10. If your gift is taken you can go back to the table and take another gift, or take a gift from another person. 
  11. After all the numbers are completed and gifts opened, the person with number one can exchange their gift with anyone they choose. 
  12. 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. 

Once again dues are due for 2013! Please contact our treasurer, Jon Leonard, to send in your payment. Or you can pay your dues at the monthly meeting. Checks should be made out to IOCCNYSAA. Jon can be reached at the following:
Phone – 845-651-1031
U.S. mail: 34 Clark Road, Goshen, NY 10924

Sunday, November 4, 2012

IOCCNYSAA Annual Dinner, Saturday, November 10, 2012

Annual 2012 Banquet
 Please remember – no monthly chapter meeting for Friday November 9th since the annual dinner is scheduled this month.

            This has been a tough week for everyone, and it has lead to some confusion and delays in finalizing the annual dinner due to storm damage, uncertainties and the lack of communications. Therefore I want to clarify some issues regarding the annual dinner.

  1. The dinner is scheduled for this coming Saturday evening, November 10th at Caitlin Gardens2865 Rt. 6, Slate Hill, NY 10973 (845-355-3555)Time – 5 to 8 PM.
  2. Meal Selection:
a.    Chicken
b.    Beef
c.    Fish
d.    Vegetarian
e.    Special dietary needs upon request
  1. Price - $32 per person.
  2. Please send your payment with meal selection to:
34 Clarke Road
Goshen, NY 10924
  1. ADDITIONAL RESERVATIIONS - can be taken up to Tuesday evening. If you have not made your reservation before this message and wish to join us, please do the following. Call David Johnson at 845-454-1860  by Tuesday evening and tell him your name, how many people are coming and their meal choice. Then you can either send in your payment to Jon Leonard or pay at the door.
  2. EXISTING RESERVATIONS - If you haven’t sent in your payment please send your check and meal selection to Jon Leonard by the end of the day Tuesday. If you don’t send it by the end of the day Tuesday you can pay at the door upon arrival.
  3. Our speaker, Bill Sandy, will discuss local archaeological sites and their importance to our region.

****** If you have any questions call Dave or Priscilla Johnson at 845-454-1860 .

Monday, October 29, 2012

Past Chapter President Dr. Elizabeth M. (Kraus) Dumont

Dr. Elizabeth M. Dumont, Chapter President 1973-1976 and NYSAA President Emeritus who made many contributions to our local archaeology, including:

  • "Hansen Rockshelter shelter was originally registered with New York State as “Lone Mink Rockshelter” in 1975 by Elizabeth M. and Lewis Dumont and Carolyn Schrier on behalf of the IOCCNYSAA. The 1975 site registration form states that local residents had long referred to the rockshelter as an “Indian cave.” They noted some chipping away of rock material at the front of the cave, and evidence of a hearth or campfire (Dumont, Dumont and Schrier 1975)."
  • "Three other documented rockshelters along the Shawangunk Ridge have also yielded middle archaic Nevell type projectile points. … Elizabeth and Lew Dumont recovered ten in the Rockelein Site in northwest New Jersey."

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Call for Presentations & Panels at 2013 Annual Association of Public Historians of New York State Conference in Syracuse

Call for Presentations & Panels at 2013 Annual Association of Public Historians of New York State Conference in Syracuse

The Association of Public Historians of New York State is pleased to announce that the 2013 Annual State Conference will be held in Syracuse on April 17-19, 2013 at the Holiday Inn - Liverpool.

APHNYS is currently accepting proposals for conference presentations.  Proposals can be submitted for papers, panels and interactive programs.  The conference draws between 175 - 200 Local Government Historians and supporters of local history from across the Empire State.

The Planning Committee is especially interested in proposals that offer:
>          Insights into the history of New York State and its communities
>          Focus on the history of Syracuse and the Central New York Region                
>          The Bicentennial of the War of 1812
>          The Sesquicentennial of the Civil War
>          Transportation & Trades in New York State
>          Skills and Techniques for Local Government Historians

To submit your proposal, please complete a Conference Proposal Form and return to APHNYS by December 3, 2012.

For conference information, please go to:

You can access the form by going to:

Association of Public Historians of New York State (APHNYS)
1450 Western Avenue, Suite 101
Albany, NY 12203-3539
Phone:  (518) 694-5002
Fax:  (518) 463-8656

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Call for New York Archaeological Council Award nominations

Student Paper/Poster 2013 Competition
NYAC offers two student prize awards of $250 each, one for the best student paper and the other for the best student poster. The competition is open to any undergraudate or graduate student performing research on a topic related to New York State Archaeology.

NYAC Founders Award
This prize recognizes individuals who have assisted with preservation and research efforts in New York State.

For the student prizes, 3 copies of the paper or poster. For the Founders Award, 3 copies of the nominations letter and supporting documents. Submit to: William Engelbrecht, Prof. Emeritus, Dept. of Anthropology, Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Ave. Buffalo, NY 14222

Deadline: March 1 with winners announced at the Spring NYAC meeting April 26.

For more information: Please check the NYAC website or e-mail:

Monday, October 15, 2012

Fred Assmus passed away Sunday, October 14th!

Fred Assmus passed away Sunday, October 14th!

 Archaeologist Fred Assmus, long-time leader of the Incorporated Orange Co. Chapter NYSAA has died. Fred's unquenchable thirst for knowledge took him to sites and museums throughout New York and beyond. He was also active in the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology. Fred was well known for his countless lectures on NY and PA area archaeology; his specialty was Native American ceramics, especially Garoga vessels.

 He is survived by Sharon, his wife and long-time NYSAA stalwart. 

(by Bill Sandy)

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Visitation Friday, 10/19/2012, 9-11 am at:
Morse Funeral Home, Inc.
33 Railroad Ave.
Middletown, NY 10940
(845) 343-6918

Service at 11am

 in Milford, PA following service.
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Sharon said she would like donations in lieu of flowers made to the Sullivan and Orange County Hospice as they greatly comforted both her and Fred during this trying time. 

Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, Inc .
800 Stony Brook Court
Newburgh, New York 12550
Phone: (845) 561-6111
Fax: (845) 561-2179
Toll Free: (800) 924-0157

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Note: The Chapter's October meeting originally scheduled this Friday, October 19th has beed rescheduled for the following week: Friday the 26th. 

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Mines of Monroe Tour on October 13th!

Teri Coruso at Forshee Mine.

The Monroe Historical Society will sponsor a tour of the Mines of Monroe on October 13th, at 10:00 AM starting at the upper level of the Monroe Senior Center, 101 Mine Rd., Monroe.
Jim Nelson at Mombasha Mine.
The tour will be conducted by Town Historian Jim Nelson and will cover the Forshee, O'Neil and Mombasha Mines. As always the tour is free and reservations are not required. For further information you may call Jim Nelson at 845-783-3406 .

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

IOCCNYSAA newsletter excerpts from Vol. 8, October 1, 2012

Vol. 8, October 1, 2012
Chapter Web Site -
Chapter email -

Chapter meetings are held on the third Friday of each month except July and August.

The October meeting will be held on Friday, the 19th, at 7:30 P.M at 
Mulberry House (Middletown) Senior Center. 
The address is 62-70 West Main Street in Middletown. The location is handicapped accessible.

October Program – Chapter member Chuck Tudor will talk about Otzi
Image Credit: The South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology
Following the October business meeting and election officers, Chuck will discuss his visit last summer to the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano, South Tyrol, Italy, and specifically, Otzi, a mummified human discovered in 1991 in the Schnalstal glacier in the Alps, on the border between Austria and Italy. He died around 3300 BC. Research revealed that he was a shepherd, who died, a victim of murder and disease.

President’s Message
I hope everyone had an enjoyable summer. As mentioned in June during September and October I will be in Arizona and New Mexico researching the correlation between groundwater, Chacoan Great Houses and Chacoan Roads. Therefore Chuck Tudor will conduct the meetings. I will be home for the Annual Dinner in November.

September 28, 2012

As Davey Johnson mentioned in our September newsletter, it is election time. I have been asked to head the election committee. At the September meeting we opened the floor for nominations for all positions.  Chuck Tudor has stepped down as Vice President, and Stephanie Tice was nominated and accepted the nomination for his position. However, Chuck was nominated for Trustee and accepted the nomination for that position.  For the other open Trustee position Doc Bayne was nominated and he accepted the nomination.  There were no other nominations from the floor but we are going to leave the nominations open until October 10th.  Therefore, if you would like to nominate someone for any officer or trustee position please do so via email or mail (my address is listed below) and we will add their name to the ballot.  Once the nominations are closed, I will then email the final ballot for voting.  Votes will be tallied by our October 19th meeting and results will be announced at our Annual Dinner in November.   

Below is a complete list of all positions and nominees for our chapter, please note that the incumbent officers have agreed to another term.

President: Davey Johnson 
Treasurer: Jon Leonard 
Secretary: Priscilla Johnson 
Corresponding Secretary: Sharon Assmus

New nominees: 
Vice President:  Stephanie Tice 
Trustee:  Chuck Tudor, Doc Bayne 

Trustees: Barry Kass  and Gary Keeton still have one year left on their term .

Chapter members in good standing, please get back to me at your earliest convenience. Thank you for your participation.

Angela A. Nardo

November Annual Dinner

            The annual dinner will be held on November 10, 2012 at Catlin Gardens, 2865 Route 6 • Slate Hill,  NY 10973 • ph (845) 355-3555. The price will be $35 and the speaker will be announced at the October meeting. Please pay our treasurer for reservations.

Field Trip 
Special Chapter Tour of Rockshelters near Iona Island led by Doc Bayne!
Sunday November 4, 2012
Meeting 11am at the Iona Island kiosk.
Doc will lead us on a tour of surviving rock shelters near Iona Island. Since the Island has been extensively used and developed for so many purposes since colonial times most of the pre contact sites have been destroyed - but Doc knows where those surviving sites are!


Florist Site
Stephanie's crew has been working at the Florist Site and will continue to work there as long as the weather is favorable. If you have any questions please contact our Field Chair, Stephanie.

This site provides all our members a wonderful opportunity to experience serious archaeology first hand with a good sense of humor. We hope all of our members can take advantage of this opportunity to develop their skills as archeologists. If you are new to the chapter here is your opportunity to participate in an archaeological investigation and learn the techniques needed to properly document a site.


Highlands Conference 

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Traditionally, this conference features a morning hike or field trip in the Highlands and an afternoon of papers on topics in Northeastern history or archaeology.
Questions?  Call Ed Lenik at 973-835-0770 between 9AM and 4PM Monday through Friday.

REGISTRATION:  The conference is free and open to the public.  No registration is necessary.

BOOKROOM:  Books on historical and archaeological topics will be available for sale. Please let Ed know if you would like to set up a display in the book room.



Dues are due!. Please contact our treasurer, Jon Leonard, to send in your payment. Or you can pay your dues at the monthly meeting.
U.S. mail: IOCCNYSAA34 Clark Road, Goshen, NY 10924

Twin Forts Day - Saturday, October 6

Reenactment of the 1777 camps with cannon and artillery firing, demonstrations, military music, children’s musket drill. Watch as the American Continentals defend themselves against the British on the actual battlefield where it took place. 10am-5pm. Fort Montgomery State Historic Site, Fort Montgomery. 845-446-2134,
Fort Montgomery 
Revolutionary War Forts
Orange County has 4 historic forts that were strategically placed on the Hudson River to prevent the British from sailing north. Two at West Point, Forts Putnam and Constitution, gave the patriots a birds eye view of the river, the latter providing the eastern anchor for the Great Chain placed to stop British ships. Fort Clinton at Bear Mountain and its companion, nearby Fort Montgomery, lost the 1777 battle to the British 63rd Regiment, but provided the turning point in the Revolution by deterring the King’s troups from strengthening their upstate counterparts.

Check Orange County Tourism for more events.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Seward: Lincoln's Indispensable Man

Mark Your Calendar!
Walter Stahr, author of a new biography of William H. Seward entitled Seward: Lincoln's Indispensable Man, will give a talk and sign his book on October 14 in Florida, NY.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

26th Annual Highlands Archaeological and Historical Conference



MORNING HIKE: 9:30 AM TO 11:30 AM at SHEPHERD LAKE SECTION OF RINGWOOD STATE PARK, NJExploring the ruins of Windcap at Hilltop Farm.  Meet at 9:30 AM in the SHEPHERD LAKE parking lot, assembling near the foot of Mansion Road at the Chapel of St. Luke the Physician.  We will hike up Mansion Road to the ruins of Windcap and on our return look at ruins of various related buildings and the incursion of the Tennessee Gas pipeline, built in the mid 20th century and now proposed for expansion.  Good Hiking shoes required.  Guided hike led by Nancy L. Gibbs, historian, NJHHS.

AFTERNOON PROGRAM: 1:00 TO 4:00pm at Sterling Forest State Park, Lautenberg Visitors Center, Lower Level Carol Siri Johnson, Ph. D., NJHHS, presiding

1:00 PM-1:25 PM: “An Analysis of Pigments from Wall Paintings in Dutchess Quarry Cave Number One.”  Kevin Olsen, Montclair State University, Eric Dratch and Edward J. Lenik, Inc. Orange Co. Chapter, NYSAA.

1:25 PM-1:50 PM “A Cluster of Stone Tools on the Lower Hudson.” John Phillips, Inc. L. A. Brennan Lower Hudson Chapter, NYSAA

1:50 PM-2:15 PM “Summer Indians: Native American Inspired Activities in U.S. Children's Camps.” Susan Scher, LCSW


2:30 PM-2:55 PM “Iona Island: Native Americans, Dutch, Viticulture, Amusement Area, U.S. Navy Munitions Depot.” Donald (Doc) Bayne, President, F.S.F.

2:55 PM-3:20 PM “Nazis in the Highlands.”  Tom Riley, Retired Bloomingdale, NJ educator, Adjunct Professor, Sussex County College

3:20 PM-3:45 PM “Industrial Scenes Along the Hudson.” Charles G. Berkemeyer, NJHHS

1:00 PM-4:00 PM BOOK ROOM
Program Chair: Edward J. Lenik, R.P.A., Inc. O.C.C., NYSAA, ASNJ & NJHHS

Meeting Facilities courtesy of Sterling Forest State Park, Jeff Hutchinson, Park Manager.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Chapter member: Ed Lenik's RAMAPOUGH MOUNTAIN INDIANS takes First Prize!

Ed Lenik's  RAMAPOUGH MOUNTAIN INDIANS takes First Prize 

Ringwood, NJ.  The North Jersey Highlands Historical Society (NJHHS), a Ringwood Manor State Park Friends group, is pleased to announce that RAMAPOUGH MOUNTAIN INDIANS: PEOPLE, PLACES AND CULTURAL TRADITIONS, written by archaeologist Edward J. Lenik, was awarded First Prize in the book category of the 2011 Kevin M. Hale Annual Publications Awards from the League of Historical Societies of New Jersey. The criteria for the award are : 
  • Significance of research
  • Time and effort that went into work
  • Quality of sources
  • How much does this add to our knowledge of the subject?
  • Clarity of presentation
  • Quality of illustrations
  • Editing
RAMAPOUGH MOUNTAIN INDIANS: PEOPLE, PLACES AND CULTURAL TRADITIONS, released in October 2011, is  a companion volume to INDIANS IN THE RAMAPOS: SURVIVAL, PERSISTENCE AND PRESENCE, written by Mr. Lenik and published in 1999 by NJHHS.  The new book was edited and designed by Nancy L. Gibbs, NJHHS secretary.  In this volume, Lenik draws on history and archaeology to discuss people, places legends, stories and objects that testify “We are Still Here.”

Edward J. Lenik is a regional archaeologist whose research interest firmly is placed on the human history of the northeastern United States and Atlantic Canada.  He is a past president of the Archaeological Society of New Jersey.  He is the author of many books including a series on Indian Rock Art in the northeast and the well-known IRON MINE TRAILS from the NY/NJ Trails Conference.

The North Jersey Highlands Historical Society, found in 1954, is dedicated to collecting and communicating the history of the North Jersey Highlands region from prehistoric Native America to the present.  

The League of Historical Societies of New Jersey, founded in 1966, is composed of over two hundred twenty organizations. Most of the organizations in the league are local historical societies, but it also includes statewide societies and related institutions, county agencies, museums, libraries and archival groups, historic preservation agencies, and a variety of other organizations.

Friday, August 31, 2012

We will not be digging this Sunday 9/2.

Hi everyone, just a quick reminder that we will not be digging this Sunday 9/2. Hope to see you out there next week! Thanks and enjoy the long weekend! -Steph

Monday, August 20, 2012

Gary Keeton presents a program on the various archaeological sites…

Friday, September 21, 2012. The Chapter meeting starts at 7:30 pm.
All are welcome - program is free, following the meeting - no charge to the public.

Mulbury House Senior Center
62-70 West Main Street in Middletown, NY 10940

Gary Keeton
presents a program on the various archaeological sites within six miles of the Great Yellow Springs and Glen Helen, Ohio. Including the grave of Techumseh, iconic folk hero in American, Indian and Canadian history. The site of the wigwams of Techumseh's mother and father and his birth place, the capital city of the Shawnee Nation. And the site of a Kentuckian's leap to freedom across a gorge while being pursued by Indians, the Willaimson's Mound, rock shelters and the mound in Glen Helen, where Simon Kenton survived running a fierce Indian gauntlet in 1778.
Gary Keeton has been recognized for his work as an interpretative naturalist by the Congress of the United States, by the State of New York Assembly, by Sullivan County, New York, by the Upper Delaware River Heritage Commission and by the Orange County Land Trust.
He has served as an interpretative guide for our public education tours of the Paleolithic environment at Dutchess Quarry and has also organized and led tours of other significant archaeological sites.
Gary’s knowledge of extinct and extant environments have made him in demand as a lecturer to public school groups as well as historical societies.
By serving as liaison between the New York State Museum and the landowner, Gary was instrumental in the successful in 2009 the recovery of the Tuckamoose mastodon tusks by the museum. The Tuckamoose mastodon tusks are the second largest tusks and the oldest, at 14,000 years old, found in New York State!