Lewis Henry Morgan Chapter of the New York State Archaeological Association

Burning Springs Dig Morgan ChapterThe New York State Archaeological Association is a non-profit organization for people interested in the archaeology of New York State. NYSAA is composed of fifteen regional chapters with a world-wide membership-at-large. The Lewis Henry Morgan Chapter of Rochester, New York is the oldest and largest chapter of the NYSAA. Begun in 1916 in honor of Lewis Henry Morgan, the "Father of American Anthropology," the Morgan chapter meets almost monthly to share the love of archaeology and interest in the history of New York.

Lewis H. Morgan was born in 1818, the ninth of thirteen children in Aurora New York. After coming to Rochester in 1850, he gained fame when his League of the Iroquois was published. His later publication, Ancient Society, won him esteem from anthropologists and political scientists worldwide.

The Lewis Henry Morgan Chapter hopes to encourage and excite future generations and their interest in New York State Archaeology. Members come from a wide variety of backgrounds, and everyone is welcome.

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Summer 2016 Excavation Opportunity

Come learn about archaeology!

The L. H. Morgan Chapter invites anyone who is interested in archaeology to join us for our summer excavation program. The summer dig will take place the weekends of August 20-21 and August 27-28. This year we will be working near the Tram Site in Livonia NY.

In order to take part you must be a member of the NYSAA, either as a chapter member or as member-at-large, and if you are a past member, please be sure your membership dues are current. You can join our chapter by visiting http://www.morganchapter.org/membership.html. Registrations must be received by August 13th.

Members can register for the dig by sending an email to LHMChapter@gmail.com with your name, address, email, cell phone number and specify the dates you will participate. An informational packet will be emailed to you around August 13th with directions, agenda, and what to bring.

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In Memoriam

Fr. Jack was an Emeritus Professor of Archeology at St. John Fisher College. He was an Honorary Trustee of the Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse Historical Society in 2013. In 2012 he was selected for inclusion into Elite American Educators. Fr. Jack was a member of Madison Who's Who Registry of Executives and Professionals. He received a certificate of Merit for significant Accomplishments in NY state archaeology. For many years he worked as an archeologist in Ukraine, Israel & Jordan. The service and funeral were held on Saturday, August 8th.

Father Jack Lee, long time member of the Lewis Henry Morgan Chapter, passed away on Sunday, August 2, 2015 at the age of 87.

Memorials may be directed to Basilian Fathers Scholarship Fund at St. John Fisher College, 3690 East Ave., Rochester, NY 14618. To share a memory or send the family a condolence, please visit www.harrisfuneralhome.com.

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Goals of the Lewis H. Morgan Regional Chapter

  • To promote archeological and historical research concerning the artifacts, customs, beliefs and other aspects of the lives and cultures of earlier occupants of New York State.
  • To preserve archeological sites in cooperation with the NYSAA and with other archaeological institutions.
  • To maintain sympathetic appreciation of the history of the American Indian, particularly of those Native Americans aboriginal to New York State.
  • To encourage the use of accepted methods of archeological research; and to publish papers covering the results of field work of members or other matters within the purview of the Chapter.
  • To help secure legislation for anthropological, archeological or historical purposes.

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The Morgan chapter journal, The Iroquoian, began in 1981, as an opportunity for chapter members and others to share their love for archaeology and interest in the archaeology and history of the upstate New York area.

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Upcoming Events

The L. H. Morgan Chapter is hosting the 2016 Centennial Anniversary Conference of the NYSAA April 15-17 at the Woodcliff Hotel and Spa in Perinton.

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Membership Benefits: Speakers, Events, Publications, Tours, Speakers

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