This summer, Ganondagan State Historic Site will offer a new “Savor the Summer Series” of recreational activities focused on Seneca culture, lore and history.  Many of the activities will explore the beautiful trails and environment on Boughton Hill, where Ganondagan is located.

Celebrate Summer at Ganondagan's Savor the Summer Series

Celebrate Summer at Ganondagan's Savor the Summer Series

Admission for all of the activities below is Ganondagan’s regular site visit fee of $3.00 per adult, $2.00 per child.  Admission for Friends of Ganondagan Members is free.

Saturday, May 9, 2009  10:30AM and 2:30PM

(Same program repeated twice)

Trails and Tales

Families with younger children 10 & under will especially enjoy walking Ganondagan’s easiest trail with Ganondagan State Historic Site interpreter and storyteller, Ronnie Reitter (Seneca), as she tells you tales of our four-legged and winged friends.  Bring your cameras – great photo opportunities! (Allow about 1 ½ hours) – FAMILY FRIENDLY

 

Sunday, May 17, 20099:30 AM

The True Tale of the Beavers at Ganondagan

Walk to the Beaver Dam with Ganondagan State Historic Site Manager, Peter Jemison (Seneca), and learn about the era of fur trade and the important role the beaver played. You will have an opportunity to see a large beaver dam and the handy work of this aquatic engineer.  Arrive at Ganondagan’s visitor center at 9:30 a.m.  Wear hiking shoes and bring your bottle of water. There will be some hill climbing, uneven surfaces on the trail. (Allow about 2 ½ hours) . BETTER FOR ADULTS AND OLDER CHILDREN.

 

Sunday, June 7, 2009 – 10AM-12 noon; and 1PM – 3PM

Traditional Art Demonstration: working with Elm Bark

Ganondagan State Historic Site interpreter, Michael Galban (Washoe/Paiute), will demonstrate the traditional art of working with elm bark. Throughout the day Michael will be making spoon, basket or another utilitarian object. BETTER FOR ADULTS AND OLDER CHILDREN. 

 

 Sunday, June 21, 20099:30AM

Medicine Plant Hike

 Traditional Seneca see a benevolent natural world which provides human beings with everything necessary for a healthy and spiritually satisfying life.  Haudenosaunee elders contend that practically every plant has some use, and that their utility is so great that a person can spend a lifetime without learning the benefits of them all. Please join Ganondagan State Historic Site interpreter, Tonia Loran Galban (Mohawk) for a walk on the Earth is Our Mother Trail as she identifies for you the plants and uses that she has learned.  Arrive at Ganondagan’s visitor center at 9:30 a.m.  Wear hiking shoes and bring your bottle of water. There will be some hill climbing and uneven surfaces on the trail. (Allow about 2 hours) BETTER FOR ADULTS AND OLDER CHILDREN.

 

 Sunday, August 16, 2009 – 9:30 AM

Ganondagan’s Native Grasses

Walk with Ganondagan State Historic Site Manager, Peter Jemison (Seneca) and learn about efforts at Ganondagan to bring back the Native Grasses to this site.  In addition, the walk will include the first glimpse at the location designated for the future arts and education center. Arrive at Ganondagan’s visitor center at 9:30 a.m.  Wear hiking shoes and bring your bottle of water. There will be some hill climbing and uneven surfaces on the trail. (Allow about 2 hours) BETTER FOR ADULTS AND OLDER CHILDREN.

 

August 22, 2009 – 7 PM

Long ball and Storytelling

This will be a great summer night family event.  Join Ganondagan State Historic Sites’ Staff for an evening of fun, games, and storytelling.  Come earlier than 7 pm and bring your picnic supper with the staff.  At 7 pm join everyone and learn how to play the traditional game of long ball, a game that is suitable for anyone over the age of 7 years old who can run. As the sky begins to darken, a campfire will help to light your way to sit and hear some old time Haudenosaunee legends.  Bring your blankets and FLASHLIGHTS. The Friends of Ganondagan will have some corn soup, fry bread, and beverages for sale that evening. FAMILY FRIENDLY.

 

Ganondagan State Historic Site is located at 1488 State Route 4444, Victor, NY.

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 Photo courtesy of Ganondagan State Historic Site and David Mitchell.

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