Fort Drum Cultural Resources Program at the LeRay Mansion

Fort Drum Cultural Resources Program at the LeRay Mansion Welcome to the official Fort Drum Cultural Resources Program and LeRay Mansion page where you will find information and media covering historic preservation on base
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The Fort Drum Cultural Resources Program is responsible for the protection, preservation, and stewardship of the archaeological resources and the historic and cultural properties on base.

Operating as usual

04/23/2021
04/22/2021

Today marks the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day! What better way to celebrate Earth Day than with the 3rd Annual Beautify LeRay Day this Saturday from 1-4 p.m. This event has focused on the restoration, preservation of the Historic LeRay Mansion grounds since 2018. Read all about this event, future events, and its history here: https://bit.ly/3egwJ00

Still looking for help in the gardens this Saturday from 1 to 4. Hope to see you there
04/20/2021

Still looking for help in the gardens this Saturday from 1 to 4. Hope to see you there

Still looking for help in the gardens this Saturday from 1 to 4. Hope to see you there

04/17/2021

Come Join our Relocation Readiness and Red Cross Programs for our FREE Yoga and Meditation Class

Please check out our new video series https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9j9dJre7L_b3SSgKPWNrggThis series is aimed to fi...
04/16/2021
Fort Drum Educational Videos - YouTube

Please check out our new video series https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9j9dJre7L_b3SSgKPWNrgg

This series is aimed to fill the void left that the Public Affair ps and Cultural Resources teams felt with having no education field trips the past year. The videos are for every age really and are a bit of a behind the scenes tours for places we rarely get to show visitors.

We hold onto the hope that we will all be able to be together soon, in the meantime enjoy a few field trips. Best part, no permission slips required!

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Beautify LeRay Day!! Come out and volunteer to help our gardens wake up. We are also starting a garden club so we hope t...
04/14/2021

Beautify LeRay Day!! Come out and volunteer to help our gardens wake up. We are also starting a garden club so we hope to see you there.

Beautify LeRay Day!! Come out and volunteer to help our gardens wake up. We are also starting a garden club so we hope to see you there.

False spring or no, I am out there enjoying every minute. How about you?Announcement today about volunteer opportunities...
04/14/2021

False spring or no, I am out there enjoying every minute. How about you?

Announcement today about volunteer opportunities at the LeRay Mansion for anyone who loves to garden, has access to post and wants to learn more about gardening in Northern NY. Stay tuned!

04/12/2021

Please help us learn more about Fort Drum's bear population!๐Ÿป

Some adventuring today. Saying hi to some old friends. Glad to see these old maples made it through the winter. Does any...
03/24/2021

Some adventuring today. Saying hi to some old friends. Glad to see these old maples made it through the winter. Does anyone else check on their tree friends after the snow clears?

Photos from Fort Drum Natural Resources's post
03/04/2021

Photos from Fort Drum Natural Resources's post

Congrats Nathan!!!
02/23/2021

Congrats Nathan!!!

Please take a moment to congratulate Nathan L. on his incredible achievement of earning his Eagle Scout rank! Troop 26 is very proud to be a part of your path to eagle!

Photos from Haudenosaunee Canoe Journey: the documentary's post
02/02/2021

Photos from Haudenosaunee Canoe Journey: the documentary's post

Canโ€™t wait to visit this museum.
01/27/2021

Canโ€™t wait to visit this museum.

Oneida Indian Nation
01/22/2021

Oneida Indian Nation

๐˜พ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™ ๐™Ž๐™๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™จ ๐™๐™ง๐™š๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ฎ ๐™๐™š๐™ข๐™–๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™จ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™๐™ค๐™ง๐™˜๐™š

Between 1789, when the Constitution was ratified, and 1871, when Congress formally ended the practice, the United States entered into some 400 treaties with American Indian tribal nation governments. Often, these treaties spelled out the terms under which the nations gave up some or all of their ancestral lands in exchange for other lands โ€“ usually west of the Mississippi River.

Many people have the mistaken idea that these treaties are irrelevant today. But the U.S. government still considers some of these treaties to be the law of the land. One of the oldest still-in-force treaties is the 1794 agreement between the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and the young United States, also known as the Treaty of Canandaigua. Under the terms of the treaty, the U.S. provides $4,500 for the distribution of cloth to the Six Nations every year in exchange for the Confederacyโ€™s โ€œpeace and friendship.โ€

2021 will mark the 227th year in which the U.S. government will honor its obligations under the Treaty of Canandaigua by delivering a quantity of muslin cloth to each of the Confederacy member nations. For Oneida Members, the treaty cloth (also called โ€œannuity clothโ€) represents the continuing government-to-government relationship between the United States and the Oneida Indian Nation. And, although each Memberโ€™s share of treaty cloth has gotten smaller over the years its significance never diminishes. As Mary Winder impressed upon her daughter, Gloria Halbritter (both Wolf Clan):

โ€œ๐˜Œ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ช๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜ค๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜บ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ป๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ข ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ, ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜บ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ ๐˜ค๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฎ ๐˜ช๐˜ต, ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜œ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜š๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฃ๐˜บ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ, ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜บ, ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ธ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฑ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ถ๐˜ด.โ€

Cross country ski trails are ready to go.
01/20/2021

Cross country ski trails are ready to go.

You don't have to leave post to find cross country skiing! Fort Drum Natural Resources maintains the trails pictured on this map for our community's use. Also, if you want to try your hand at this winter sport but just don't have the gear, reach out to Fort Drum Recreation to rent everything you need!

Renovations to the garage/land office building at the LeRay Mansion have been happening for the past year. Roof support ...
01/20/2021

Renovations to the garage/land office building at the LeRay Mansion have been happening for the past year. Roof support trusses going up today. So exciting. This project will restore the original shape of this structure.

Sad to see this go. I have long admired this home. But so glad the limestone block is being salvaged for reuse. Did you ...
12/09/2020

Sad to see this go. I have long admired this home. But so glad the limestone block is being salvaged for reuse.

Did you know that under the white plaster the LeRay Mansion is also a cut limestone building?

Deer Riverโ€™s Myers/Latham House...

Two hundred year old houses are not all that common, and itโ€™s a sad day when one of them disappears.

This house was built in the days when the hamlet of Deer River was known first as Frenchโ€™s Mills and then Myers Mills. It was one of the earliest settlements in what is now the town of Denmark - and the property on which this house would be built was owned by Able French.

As the first land agent in the area, French appropriated the choicest farm lands for himself, but he subsequently sold some of it to Richard Myers, who built the house and a large stone gristmill right on the river, using limestone quarried right across the road. Like many of the other old stone buildings around Denmark, the house was built from small limestone blocks.

Unfortunately, the house had been in disrepair for quite some time and, as any regular travelers of Rt. 26 well know, it had begun to fall down. And now it is gone. On a more positive note, the houseโ€™s stone is obviously being harvested and bundled for reuse somewhere. So kudos for that. #lewiscountyny #deerriverny #oldstonehouse #stonereuse #lewiscountyhistory

12/04/2020
LADbible

This is also the process we always recommend. D2 solution for cleaning diluted with water, plastic scraper and soft bristle brush. The brush should be the kind you would wash your body with, anything stiffer will etch certain stones.

This woman cleans and restores grave headstones to their sparkling best ๐Ÿ‘

11/30/2020
Robert C. McEwen Library

Robert C. McEwen Library

Here is Kim Schexnayder and her students creating the amazing dolls! We hope everyone enjoys and has fun learnig to make their own dolls!

Honor Indigenous History at These 15 Parks
11/28/2020
Honor Indigenous History at These 15 Parks

Honor Indigenous History at These 15 Parks

Gerard Baker, who served in the highest position for any Native American in National Park Service history, recommends 15 sites for visitors to learn about the extensive connections tribes have with the lands that make up todayโ€™s national parks.

Oneida Indian Nation
11/27/2020

Oneida Indian Nation

Film Featuring Oneida Reenactors Depicts Heroism During Revolutionary War

Determined to Persevere: The Valley Forge Encampment, a brand new orientation film for Valley Forge National Historical Park tells the harrowing story of the gruesome winter of 1777-1778 where Gen. George Washingtonโ€™s Continental Army was stationed.

Over the past two years, the Oneida Indian Nation has been working in partnership with the National Park Service on a short film project for the Valley Forge National History Park. Recently released on YouTube, the film features a group of Oneida reenactors who portrayed several significant figures as part of the Oneida involvement in the encampment.

Dakota Bluewolf (Wolf Clan), Seb Schenandoah (Wolf Clan) and Dean Lyons (Turtle Clan), along with Sheri Beglen (Wolf Clan), were part of a group of Haudenosaunee reenactors that traveled to Valley Forge in 2019 for the filming.

The short film depicts how several Oneida warriors aided a grossly outnumbered battalion of colonial scouts at the Battle of Barren Hill, a critical victory that stopped the impending push of British forces. If not for the Oneida and American scouts bravely engaging the British, nearly a fifth of the American army could have been lost. Many believe the entire course of the war would have been different if this trap had been evaded by the British army. Oneida woman Polly Cooper, depicted by Sheri, was also a key figure in the American Revolution, helping to transport and cook bushels of corn for the famished soldiers camped at Valley Forge and boosting morale.

The National Park Service commissioned the new video to be showcased at Valley Forgeโ€™s new Welcome Center, which was delayed due to the pandemic.

(Photos courtesy of the National Parks Service)
Watch the video here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXIIvjCd-Pk&t=48s

Iroquois Thanksgiving with Mike Tarbell
11/27/2020
Iroquois Thanksgiving with Mike Tarbell

Iroquois Thanksgiving with Mike Tarbell

Mini-lesson: Iroquois Museum cultural interpreter Mike Tarbell (Mohawk) explains the significance of the Iroquois practice of giving thanks at the beginning ...

Another place to add to your NY road trip list.  My boys have always enjoyed the Rochester museum and science center and...
11/23/2020

Another place to add to your NY road trip list. My boys have always enjoyed the Rochester museum and science center and so do I.

In the Haudenosaunee Creation Narrative, Iotsitsiฬsen, or Sky Woman, became Earthโ€™s first inhabitant and introduced the creation of sustaining foods, celestial bodies, and human beings through her descendants. Iotsitsiฬsen, a pregnant woman, fell from the Sky World through a hole created by an uprooted tree into an unknown world.

The origin and centrality of Iotsitsiฬsen in this narrative indicates the connection of all women to the earth in Haudenosaunee culture. You can learn more about Iotsitsiฬsen, and 40 other Haudenosaunee women, by visiting our new exhibit, The Changemakers: Rochester Women Who Changed the World, tomorrow!

#NativeAmericanHeritageMonth #BeChangemakers

Artist: Ernest Smith, Tonawanda Reservation

United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc.
11/23/2020

United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc.

November is National Native American Heritage Month, a period of time dedicated to learning about Native Americans. With 12 Indigenous homelands, New York is no exception to learning about local Tribal Nations and their rich presence.
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I love digging in dirt, as an archeologist and as a gardener. With snow flying in the air its a time for research, stori...
11/18/2020

I love digging in dirt, as an archeologist and as a gardener. With snow flying in the air its a time for research, storing seeds and to start dreaming about the potential of springs garden. November, for a gardener, is mostly a time to be thankful for the harvest and a time of grateful reflection.

Today I would share with you an amazing organization and source of knowledge the Native American Food Sovereign Alliance. So inspiring. Hope you enjoy.

A beautiful cornfield has been planted at #nafsaagfair! ๐ŸŒฝ These corn stories carry as much resilience and ancestral memory, and weโ€™re so grateful to everyone who has shared their precious corn and hard work with us. Itโ€™s been a beautiful start to our Virtual Indigenous Agro-Biodiversity Fair, which will continue for the next 5 weeks with a new crop category opened every Tuesday! As a reminder, this is not a competition but a celebration- in alignment with our values as an Indigenous organization, weโ€™ll be expressing our gratitude to those who participate by randomly gifting 1 small seed bundle every week! If youโ€™d like to share your corn photos and stories with us before we move on to the next category, please tag @nativefoodalliance in your posts and include #NAFSAagfair in your caption so we donโ€™t miss it.

Ganondagan State Historic Site
11/15/2020

Ganondagan State Historic Site

In Honor of today's #RockYourMocs - here are some beautiful Mocs featured in our Juried Art Show. Please take a look at these and other amazing Haudenosaunee art pieces at https://ganondagan.org/hodinohso-ni-art-show-

Moccasins by artists Rosa Francour, Oneida Nation of Wisconsin (Left) and Teioshakentishon Elijah, Ahkwehsahsne Mohawk, Wolf Clan (Right)

Five Ideas to Change Teaching about Thanksgiving, in Classrooms and at Home
11/14/2020
Five Ideas to Change Teaching about Thanksgiving, in Classrooms and at Home

Five Ideas to Change Teaching about Thanksgiving, in Classrooms and at Home

Between Thanksgiving and Native American Heritage Month, November is go-time for teaching and learning about Native America. Parent and museum educator Renรฉe Gokey shares simple ways to make the responsibility less daunting, using popular lesson ideas around Native foods as a starting point. In add...

11/12/2020

Have you ever visited the New York State Museum? When we can visit places like this again, put it on your road trip list. In the meantime they have been putting out a series of videos about their exhibits and behind the scenes collections. Make sure to check them out.

Virtual Field Trips!

Although closed currently due to the covid pandemic, the Iroquois Indian Museum is a fantastic place to add to your road...
11/10/2020
A History of Haudenosaunee Beadwork

Although closed currently due to the covid pandemic, the Iroquois Indian Museum is a fantastic place to add to your road trip itinerary while stationed at Fort Drum.

Haudenosaunee beadwork is tiny, intricate and extremly beautiful. Learn more about its history in this video.

Haudenosaunee raised beadwork flourished as a tourist trade in the Northeast starting in the 1800s, after the Erie Canal opened. But the art form has long be...

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