On April 15 the New York Archaeological Council (NYAC) met in Rochester, New York preceding the 100th anniversary meeting of the New York State Archaeological Association. Workshops responsive to the crisis in archaeological collections curation were held as the NYAC program on Friday afternoon. Later that night NYSAA held its business meeting, while the conference continued through the rest of the weekend, ending with a guided tour of the new Seneca Art and Culture Center at the Ganondagan State Historic Site on Sunday afternoon. Some of the featured events of the NYSAA conference included the day-long plenary session on Saturday and the keynote presentation by John Hart on Saturday night. Volunteered papers were presented on Sunday morning.
In October I did something I regularly do: I submitted news from Curtin Archaeological to the New York Archaeological Council (NYAC) Newsletter. More recently, I was responding to an email from colleague Linda Stone, and noticed that she mentioned the recent newsletter. Where is my NYAC Newsletter? I wondered.
I was saddened to hear of the passing of Sarah Bridges. Sarah was a talented historical archaeologist and administrator of government archaeology programs. I knew Sarah primarily in the 1970s and 1980s through our participation in the New York Archaeological Council (NYAC). In those days, New York State archaeology was nearly synonymous with NYAC, and NYAC was significantly shaping Cultural Resource Management expectations and policies in New York.