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2016 Annual Highland Conference


The Historical Society of Rockland County invites our members to attend the

30th Annual Archaeological and Historical Conference

When: Saturday, October 29, 2016, 10 am-4 pm
Where: Frank R. Lautenberg Visitor Center, Sterling Forest State Park, 115 Old Forge Road, Tuxedo, NY
Price: $FREE

Presented by our colleagues and friends of
the North Jersey Highlands Historical Society,
Incorporated Orange County Chapter, NYSAA
and Friends of Sterling Forest

Edward J. Lenik, R.P.A., NJHHS. INC.OCCNYSAA, Program Chair

Morning Field Trip, 10 AM-12 PM: Join Doc Bayne on a field trip to see the Peter Townsend forge where links of the Revolutionary War's Great Chain across the Hudson were manufactured. Meet at the hikers' parking lot opposite the Visitor Center on Old Forge Road. We will carpool from there. The forge site is in a rocky location, providing a moderately difficult walk..

Formal Program
, 1-4:15 pm
Jason Okin, NJHHS, Presiding

1-1:25 PM: “Determined to Right a Wrong and Save Lives,” presented by Vincent Mann, Turtle Clan Chief,  Ramapough Luunape Indian Nation

1:25-1:50 PM: ''Whatchoo Talkin' 'bout Potsherd?' Insights into Upper Delaware Valley Late Woodland Ceramics,” presented by Gregory D. Lattanzi, Ph.D., Curator and State Archaeologist, Bureau of Archaeology and Ethnography, New Jersey State Museum

1:50-2:15 PM: "Archaeological Research in the Shawangunk Mountains, 2006-2016," presented by Lucy Lewis Johnson, Professor Emerita of Anthropology, Vassar College

2:15-2:35 PM: "Hunterbrook Rockshelter," presented by John Phillips, Naturalist, Croton Point Park Nature Center, and President, Louis A. Brennan Lower Hudson Chapter of the New York State Archaeological Association

Coffee Break

2:50-3:15 PM:  "Native American Chert Mining in the Valley of Black Creek,” presented by Richard A. Patterson, Independent Researcher

3:15-3:40 PM: "The Chain That Saved the Colonies," presented by  Donald “Doc” Bayne, President, Friends of Sterling Forest

3:40-4:05 PM:  "The Ramapo River Watershed versus the Proposed Pilgrim Oil Pipelines," presented by Geoff Welch, Ramapo River Committee


The conference is open to the public. Admission is free of charge. If you require further information, contact Ed Lenik by email at

Meeting facilities courtesy of Sterling Forest State Park, Michael McElroy, Park Manager


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