It’s that time of the year! Please consider taking part in the Giving Campaign for the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center (SRAC).
About SRAC: Founded in 2005, and run 100% by volunteer staffing, our nonprofit (501c3) Center is dedicated to the education, preservation, and research of the Native American past of our region. In 2007, we purchased the location for our museum at 345 Broad Street, Waverly, NY and we have become the only Center of our kind in the Northeast. We have worked with over 100 local collectors to bring their collections under one roof for local universities and researchers to be able to use to further the study of our localities prehistoric past, and for our community to enjoy. Local 4th grade classes and children’s clubs alike come enjoy free field trips, and anyone can visit our museum for free during our normal business hours. Recently, we were also placed on the New York State Path Through History, and our Director, Deb Twigg was named Historian of the Year in 2015 by Pennsylvania’s Bradford County Museum.
In 2016 we were honored to add yet another professional scientist to our board, adding DeeAnne Wymer, PhD who is an author, active anthropologist, and professor at Bloomsburg University who is nationally recognized for her work in places like Egypt, but also as a leading authority on Native American/Hopewell sites. Dr. Wymer also made it possible for SRAC and Bloomsburg University to team up and provide an internship for her archaeology students to gain valuable field experience at SRAC. 2016 has also been the first year that we have undertaken our first excavation. Early this summer SRAC began excavating a local Native American site that is on the verge of being erased by the plow and impacted by modern land use. Lead by archaeologist Dan Caister and anthropologist Dr. DeeAnne Wymer, (both board members of SRAC) our excavations have revealed that the site is over 1000 years old and may be the remains of an ancient village – most importantly our research is yielding important information concerning the ancient people who once lived in our locality. It is our hope to collect whatever data is still available before it is gone forever. All of this continues to evolve for our Center as we announce our 13th Annual Drumbeats Through Time Event on October 15th and an invitation to the public to take part in our excavation on October 22nd!
Our Drumbeats Program on Saturday October 15th is an exciting one that we hope that you will consider attending, with an exclusive membership meeting in the morning and an afternoon filled with great presentations for the public starting at 1pm. Speakers include Dr. Wymer and Dan Caister presenting their findings to date from the excavation previously described, Deb Twigg presenting the 100 year anniversary of the Susquehanna River Expedition, Seneca Representative Dick Kane presenting Native American pipes and their uses, and as is our tradition, to close our event every year we have invited the national award winning “Buffalo Creek Dancers” from the Seneca nation to share their songs, dances and culture with us.
Saturday, October 22nd is our Public Archaeology day and we invite the public to sign up to take part in the actual excavation and to learn from our professional staff about what we are finding and how it is found. A sign up form is located on our website under “Events” on the menu or you can call the museum during normal business hours as well.
We hope that you find our efforts in the community worthwhile and hope that you will consider donating to our Giving Campaign this year. Without your support, a small nonprofit like ours cannot survive, and so we appreciate anything that you can do to support us! Simply download and fill out the form or use the links below to donate online – we will send you a letter in return to claim your donation on your 2016 taxes. If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me at 67-727-3111.
Deb Twigg, Cofounder & Exec. Director, SRAC
Giving Opportunities Include:
You can donate any amount that you like here. All donations are greatly appreciated and you or your organization will be recognized on our Drumbeats Through Time Sponsorship page on our website for any donations of $25 or above.
$1,000 “Hands On Archaeology” Level: This level is reserved for three organizations that donate $1,000 and will be given a private and personal tour of the current excavation by our lead archaeologists and have the opportunity for up to 4 people from their organization to take part in a scheduled excavation prior to the public archaeology event on October 22nd. It’s a unique experience that few get to experience and will allow you to see up close SRAC’s mission and the importance of our local archaeology. Your organization name/logo will be recognized on our Facebook page and also be included on our advertising headers of all banners and website headers as well as for all of this year’s Drumbeats Through Time advertising.
$500 “Archaeology Bird’s Eye View” Level: Don’t want to get dirty? This level is reserved for organizations that donate $500 and will be given a personal tour of the current excavation by our lead archaeologists prior to the public archaeology day on October 22nd. It’s a unique experience that few get to experience and will allow you to see up close SRAC’s mission and the importance of our local archaeology. Your organization name/logo will be recognized on our website Event Sponsors page and Facebook page and also be included on our advertising headers of all banners and website headers as well as for all of this year’s Drumbeats Through Time advertising.
$250 “Advertising Partner” Level: Your organization can place an ad/gift certificate/or discount placement for free in addition to your name/logo on our website Event Sponsors page and Facebook page. Your name and logo will also be included on our advertising headers of all banners and website headers as well as for all of this year’s Drumbeats Through Time advertising.
You can also sign up for the free excavation experience! We want you to be a part of what we do and to take part as well! Because there is a limited amount of people that we can have at the site at this event, we ask that you reserve your place for the afternoon of October 22nd as soon as possible. Please Note: If we have an extremely large amount of signups, we may have to hold a drawing – but will contact you to confirm your status in September! Questions? don’t be afraid to call us at 607-727-3111!
Executive Director, SRAC