Lewis Henry Morgan Chapter of the New York State Archaeological Association
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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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.
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.