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.