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Of Interest to FOSA Members and the General Public

Note: At various times, you may find reference made to hikes given by the State Archaeologist in the list below.
To get an idea of what these are like, please access our YouTube Videos page.

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• 2015 Friends of Hammonassett Plant and Shrub Sale
When: Friday, May 6 thru June 7; 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Where: .3 miles east of the main entrance to Hammonasset Beach State Park on Rte 1.
What:The Friends of Hammonasset will hold their 15th annual Plant and Shrub Sale at Hammonasset Beach State Park beginning May 6th and running until June 7th, or when sold out. The sale begins with a large variety of premium hanging baskets, perennials, and weather permitting, 4Ē annuals and flats of bedding plants and vegetables. We also anticipate availability of shrubs at very competitive prices in time for Motherís Day weekend.
The Friends of Hammonasset provides environmental education, works to preserve the Parkís natural resources and serves as an advocate for Hammonasset Beach State Park. Funds raised support Meigs Point Nature Center and a variety of Park projects. Additionally, the Friends of Hammonasset is committed to fund exhibits and furnishings for the newly proposed nature center to be constructed at Meigs Point near the present facility.
Cost: Folks are invited to support the sale by bringing potted perennials from their own gardens during the sale from 9am-5pm daily, 7 days a week.
For additional information or to voluneer: access the web site by clicking or call Don Rankin 203-245-9192 or email at Don Rankin.

• Nick Bellantoni Speaking Engagement: "Historic Weston Under the Ground"
This presentation has been postponed due to a scheduling conflict. It will be rescheduled at a later date, most likely this fall.
When: Sunday, May 3; 2:00 PM
Where:Weston Public Library, 56 Norfield Road, Weston CT 06883.
What: Specifics will be available shortly...
Cost: Free and open to the public.
For additional information: contact the Library at 203-222-2665.

• Dual FOSA Tour: Charcoal Mound Site and Borden's Condensed Milk Factory Site
When: Saturday, May 9; 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM
Where: People's State Forest and Burr Pond State Park
What: These are 2 tours, though participants can go to either or both.
For details: Please see that flyer, by clicking Dual Tour.
Cost: Parking is free.
> The CT DEEP web site for People's State Forest can be accessed by clicking People's State Forest.
> The CT DEEP web site for Burr Pond State Park can be accessed by clicking Burr Pond State Park.
> While primarily a FOSA event, members of the public will not be turned away.

• Nick Bellantoni Speaking Engagement: "Greatest Hits of the State Archaeologist"
When: Friday, May 8; 7:00 PM
Where: Audrey Beck Municipal Building (Town Council Chambers), 4 South Eagleville Road, Storrs CT 06268
What: This talk is a compedium of many of the highlights of Dr. Bellantoni's 27-year career as Connecticut's State Archaeologist. Included here will be the location of the crash site of Eugene Bradley's P-40 at what is now Bradley International Airport, exhumation and repatriation of Albert Afraid Of Hawk, and many, many more items.
Cost: Free for Mansfield Historical Society members, others $3.00.
For additional information: contact the Mansfield Historical Society at 860-429-6575.

• Brian Jones Hike: Walk Along the Connecticut River in South Windsor
When: Friday, May 8; 9:00 AM
Where: At the boat launch at the end of East Barber Street in Windsor (just south of the I-291 bridge - use "265 E Barber St: in your GPS)
What: CT State Archaeologist Brian Jones will lead the group in a walk along the CT River to examine areas of potential archaeological survey work in July, regarding possible locations of the Windsor Trading Post.
Cost: Free and open to the public.
> NOTE: We will be walking a mile or 2 north, so be prepared for the outdoors!

• Brian Jones Speaking Engagement: "Five Things Everyone Should Know about the Native American History of Connecticut"
When: Tuesday, May 12; 7:00 PM
Where: Windsor Historical Society, 96 Palisado Avenue, Windsor, CT 06095
What: Yes, Windsor is the oldest town in Connecticut but ninety-seven percent of Connecticutís history occurred before 1633! Through the fascinating study of Connecticut archaeology, learn how Native Americans colonized an Ice Age landscape, adapted their life-ways to post-glacial habitats, formed trade networks, fed a growing population, and developed politically complex societies. This summer, Jones and his team will be investigating Windsorís Palisado and trading post; learn about these exciting plans.
Cost: $6 adults, $5 seniors and students, $4 WHS members
For additional information: access the Windsor Historical Society's web site, by clicking here

• Nick Bellantoni Speaking Engagement: "The Long Journey Home of Albert Afraid of Hawk"
When: Thursday, May 14; 7:00 PM
Where: Unity Church, 919 Ellington Road, South Windsor, CT 06074
What: In 1900, Albert Afraid of Hawk was performing with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show touring New England when the performers came down with food poisoning. Albert died in Danbury Hospital and was buried in an unmarked grave in Wooster Cemetery. Recently, local historian, Bob Young located Albert's burial card from the cemetery archives and notified the family at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Albert's grand-niece, Marlis Afraid of Hawk, had a dream that Albert wanted to come home and she initiated the repatriation process. Dr. Bellantoni presents the history and his responsibility of exhuming Albert for his journey home.
Ed. Note: An article on the life of Albert Afraid of Hawk by Nick Bellantoni can be found in this website by clicking here.
> Fee: free and open to the public.
> For additional information, please call the church at 860-289-8963.

• Gary Nolf of the World Atlatl Association and FOSA Class: "Learn to Throw the Atlatl!"
When: Thursday, May 16; 10:00 AM - noon
Where: Moodus, CT (specific location/directions will be supplied on registration)
What:The atlatl is an ancient spear-throwing device that is swift, accurate, and long predates the use of the bow and arrow. Gary Nolf, member of the World Atlatl Association, atlatl maker, and nationally ranked competitor in sanctioned atlatl contests, will reveal the history and secrets of this ancient invention. He has even appeared on the David Letterman Show to demonstrate his skills! He will bring examples of both traditional-style and modern atlatls and darts for you to see. After the presentation, borrow an atlatl and darts, or bring your own and join in the fun at an outdoor target area where you will learn to throw like a pro!
Cost: $20; $15 for CT State Museum of Natural History (CSMNH) members and donors.
To register: Please click here to bring up a registration form, which you can fill out and send to the CSMNH with your fee.
> For additional information, please call the CSMNH at 860-486-4460.

• FOSA Walk: Tour of the Midway Railroad Roundhouse
When: Saturday, May 23; 10:00 AM
Where: Bluff Point State Park, Depot Road, Groton, CT
What: In the woods and under the brambles at Bluff Point State Park in Groton rest the remains of an important transportation facility that was located at the mid point between New York City and Boston. Given the name Midway, because of this central location on the Northeast rail corridor, the facility of the consolidated New Haven Line once contained a massive 20-stall railroad roundhouse and turntable, as well as a coal tower, sand houses, bunk houses, a hotel, ash pits, and an icing facility. Midway had over 20 miles of track, accommodating up to 70 complete 40-car freight trains. The Midway facility was once considered comparable to the famous Altoona Shops on the Pennsylvania Railroad. Today, scattered across the foundations of the roundhouse, service pits, and turntable are piles of cinder, coal, sand, and a handful of historical artifacts that tell the story of this once bustling transportation facility.
For additional information: please contact Cece Saunders at
> Sara Mascia, PhD, Vice President of Historical Perspectives and the author of the nomination for the Midway RR Roundhouse as an Archaeological State Preserve, will be the tour leader. Greg Kent, local railroad enthusiast who first alerted Nick Bellantoni to the presence of these foundations remains, will be on the tour, too. We will compare historic aerial photographs, railroad surveys, and 1904-1905 construction photographs to what is left on the surface at Bluff Point State Park.
> To access the web site of the Bluff Point State Park, please click Bluff Point.
> Fee: free.
> While primarily a FOSA event, members of the public will not be turned away.

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"History Channel: MysteryQuest: Hitler's Escape with Dr. Nick Bellantoni"

When: repeated at various times during 2015.
              check your local listings!

Where: History Channel
What: Former CT State Archaeologist Nick Bellantoni was requested by the History Channel to travel to both Germany and Moscow to study the remains which are said to be those of Adolph Hitler. It was a tremendous adventure for Dr. Bellantoni; and good reviews for UConn as well. Watch the History Channel to hear the whole story!


Archaeological Society of Connecticut   (click the "ASC" button in the "... Events" section of the ASC home page)

Conference on New England Archaeology.

CT Archaeology Center / Office of State Archaeology .

Connecticut Gravestone Network.

Connecticut State Museum of Natural History.

Ellington Historical Society.

Friends of Center Cemetery

Friends of Hammonassett.

Institute for American Indian Studies.

Litchfield Hills Archaeology Club.

Madison Historical Society

Museum of Connecticut Glass

Scranton Memorial Library