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Iroquois Culture: Yesterday and Today

Program Number: 13364RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/22/2013 - 10/25/2013; 5/12/2015 - 5/15/2015;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Corning, New York
Price starting at: $499.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture; Native American Studies
Meals: 9; 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt    

The Iroquois Confederacy, established in the 1400s, united warring nations and established peace in fertile glaciated valleys and mountains of upstate New York. Learn about the legacy of this remarkable culture as you meet members of the Iroquois community and embark on field trips to important sites in Iroquois history. Journey to Ganondagan State Historic Site for presentations by Iroquois educators on their history and culture, and gain a new perspective on Iroquois influences in American representational governance and environmental stewardship.




Highlights

Learn about the influence of Iroquois Clan mothers on the women's suffrage movement during field trips to the Seneca Falls Women's Rights National Historic Park and Ganondagan State Historic Site in Victor, NY.
Meet two members of the Seneca Hawk Clan for an in-depth look into traditional music, storytelling and history, plus a native forester's perspective.
Enjoy excursions to the Rockwell Museum of Western Art and Corning Museum of Glass.



Activity Particulars

Walking during field trips, short hikes. Standing up to one hour at a time.




Date Specific Information

10-22-2013

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology listening devices on this date.



5-12-2015

2015 Special Exhibition at the Rockwell Museum of Western Art: On Fire: The Nancy & Alan Cameros Collection of Southwestern Pottery



Coordinated by Watson Homestead Conference and Retreat Center.




Corning

The southern gateway to the Finger Lakes region in western New York, Corning is a charming and historic community best known for the world-renowned Corning Museum of Glass, as well as nearby glacial lakes and gorgeous panoramas.



Accommodations
Conference center on nearly 400 acres of unspoiled land with heated indoor pool - open mid-May through October.
Meals and Lodgings
   Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center
  Painted Post, NY 3 nights
 Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Watson Homestead has been an Road Scholar super site since 1982. Comprised of over 500 acres, the site is located 15 minutes (8 miles) west of Corning. It was established by Thomas J. Watson (founder of IBM) on his birthplace - hence Watson Homestead.
  Contact info: 9620 Dry Run Road
Painted Post, NY 14870 USA
phone: 607-962-0541
web: www.watsonhomestead.com
  Room amenities: Heat and AC, some rooms feature an outside patio and are located one level below the dining room and classroom level - via stairs. Since we are a retreat center, individual guest rooms do not have television sets. There are television sets in three lounge areas available for guests.
  Facility amenities: Amenities on site and at no extra charge to participants include indoor heated pool, hiking trails, daily group newspapers, wi-fi capable in classroom and lounge areas, chapel, 24 hour coffee/beverage, free parking and snacks.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: $85 Add-a-room accommodations for participants may be available, depending on availability. Please inquire.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $85 Add-a-room accommodations for participants may be available, depending on availability. Please inquire.
  Check out time: 10:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
11 am arrival You will be staying at Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center that night.
  End of Program:
Noon from the Rockwell Museum You will be staying at Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking at Watson Homestead is available at no charge.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Painted Post, NY
  Nearest city or town:  Painted Post, NY
  Nearest highway: Interstate 86 (also called NYS Route 17)
  Nearest airport:  Elmira-Corning Regional Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Painted Post, NY
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

ELM

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Watson Homestead
phone: 607-962-0541
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$25
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

thirty minutes 

 

Distance:

 

25 miles

   

Watson Homestead staff are available to pick up participants from the Elmira-Corning Regional airport (ELM) with prior reservations. Airlines serving ELM include USAir, Delta and Continental.

 

Corning

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Watson Homestead
phone: 607-962-0541
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$10
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

8 miles

   

Watson Homestead staff are available to pick up participants from the bus terminals in Corning or Gang Mills with prior reservations. Bus companies serving these two cities are Shortline (www.coachusa.com/shortline) or NY Trailways (www.trailways.ny.com).

 
Driving Directions
  From Albany, Massachusetts & New England: Find your way to Interstate 88 (just north west of Albany, off I 90). Travel west on I 88 to Binghamton. Then go west on Interstate 86 (also NY State Route 17) to exit 42. At top of exit ramp, turn right onto Steuben Co. Route 26, Meads Creek Road. You will travel just over 3 miles to the Homestead entrance sign. Turn right on Dry Run Road and follow signs to the Main Lodge.
  From Canada and Buffalo: Take Interstate 90 East to Rochester, then 390 South. Route 390 T's into Interstate 86 (also NY State Route 17). Take I86 east to exit 42. At top of exit ramp, turn left onto Steuben Co. Route 26, Meads Creek Road. You will travel just over 3 miles to the Homestead entrance sign. Turn right on Dry Run Road and follow signs to the Main Lodge.
  From Jamestown and the West Travel east on Interstate 86 (also NY State Route 17) to exit 42. At top of exit ramp, turn left onto Steuben Co. Route 26, Meads Creek Road. You will travel just over 3 miles to the Homestead entrance sign. Turn right on Dry Run Road and follow signs to the Main Lodge.
  From Pennsylvania and South: Travel north on State Route 15 N (future interstate 99) from Harrisburg to Interstate 86 West (also NY State Route 17) at Painted Post. Take Interstate 86 West to exit 42. At top of exit ramp, turn right onto Steuben Co. Route 26, Meads Creek Road. You will travel just over 3 miles to the Homestead entrance sign. Turn right on Dry Run Road and follow signs to the Main Lodge.
  From the New York metropolitan area: Travel west on Interstate 86 (also NY State Route 17) to exit 42. At top of exit ramp, turn right onto Steuben Co. Route 26, Meads Creek Road. You will travel just over 3 miles to the Homestead entrance sign. Turn right on Dry Run Road and follow signs to the Main Lodge.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Check in, woods walk and Iroquois creation story presentation.
(Tuesday, October 22)
   
 Lunch: Registration opens at 11 am in the lobby. Lunch in the dining room is served at 12:30 pm. Lunch buffet includes a salad bar daily in addition to featured entres.
 Afternoon: We will introduce the site, staff, program details and group members to each other. Woods walk in the old growth forest on Watson Homestead property with Michael DeMunn, Seneca Indian forester and conservationist. Swimming pool available from 4:30 - 5:30 pm.
 Dinner: Dinner is served at 6 pm in the dining room. We feature all-you-can-eat country-style buffet entrees with at least one vegetarian option and a salad bar with dinner.
 Evening: Lecture at 7 pm will be a storytelling format of the Iroquois creation story by Jenny Monroe, our Road Scholar coordinator and Iroquois specialist.
   
Accommodations: Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Day program with Seneca artist, faith keeper and teacher, Bill Crouse, plus session on Iroquois beadwork and the Indian Boarding school movement.
(Wednesday, October 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast entrees, hot and cold, are served at 8 am in the dining room. Coffee, tea and decaf are available 24/7. In addition to three meals, three snacks will be offered each day for Road Scholarlers.
 Morning: Our lead instructor, Bill Crouse, Seneca Hawk Clan, will give two cultural presentations including storytelling, dance, music and historical information about his people. Bill is an artist, faith keeper and cultural teacher at the Salamanca School district, where he has taught for over 20 years.
 Lunch: Lunch will be at the Homestead.
 Afternoon: We will finish up with Bill's presentation and hear from Dolores Elliott on Iroquois beadwork. The pool will be open from 4:30 to 5:30 pm.
 Dinner: Dinner is served at 6 pm in the dining room. We feature all-you-can-eat country-style buffet entrees with at least one vegetarian option and a salad bar with dinner.
 Evening: Our evening speaker, Rita Pope, will share a multi-media presentation on the Indian boarding school movement.
   
Accommodations: Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Motorcoach excursion to Victor, NY for the Ganondagan State Historic Site and to Seneca Falls, NY.
(Thursday, October 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast entrees, hot and cold, are served at 8 am in the dining room. Coffee, tea and decaf are available 24/7. In addition to three meals, three snacks will be offered each day for Road Scholars.
 Morning: Depart on day-long field trip to Seneca Falls and Ganondagan. In Seneca Falls we'll have a ranger tour of the place where the American women's movement began at the Women's Rights National Historic Park, plus visits to Elizabeth Cady Stanton's home and the Women's Hall of Fame. On the coach, we'll have a lecture providing links between the Iroquois Clan Mothers and the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848.
 Lunch: We will eat the bag lunches we prepared at breakfast at the Women's Rights National Historical Park.
 Afternoon: Then we travel alongside the Erie Canal to Victor, NY, home of Ganondagan State Historic Site with its full scale furnished Iroquois longhouse and other exhibits. Native staff will instruct. Our return trip will be through Canandaigua and alongside Canandaigua Lake to Naples, through wine country.
 Dinner: Dinner is served at 6 pm in the dining room. We feature all-you-can-eat country-style buffet entrees with at least one vegetarian option and a salad bar with dinner.
 Evening: This evening's activity, a Watson Homestead tradition, is for everyone to help crank the ice cream, then it's your choice of toppings or home-made maple syrup!
   
Accommodations: Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Final presentation on Iroquois culture, guided tour at the Rockwell Museum of Western Art and optional visit to the Corning Museum of Glass.
(Friday, October 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast entrees, hot and cold, are served at 8 AM in the dining room. Coffee, tea and decaf are available 24/7.
 Morning: Check out of rooms after breakfast. We will have a final segment of Q&A about the Iroquois culture, then group will depart in their own cars for a curatorial tour at the Rockwell Museum of Western Art in downtown Corning. In addition, admission vouchers for the Corning Museum of Glass will be distributed.
 Lunch: Participants will depart from the Rockwell Museum. It's always hard to go our separate ways - maybe we'll meet again at another Road Scholar!
 Afternoon:
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


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