13364
Corning
Iroquois Culture: Yesterday and Today
Learn the story of the Iroquois People from members of the Seneca Hawk Clan as you visit significant sites, speak with historians and enjoy traditional Iroquois music and storytelling.
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Program No. 13364RJ
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4 days
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4 days
3 nights
9 meals
3 B 3 L 3 D
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DAY
1
Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner, Cultural overview
Painted Post, NY
L,D
Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center

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 entrees and desserts.

Afternoon: We will introduce the site, staff, program details and group members to each other. Jenny Monroe, our Road Scholar coordinator and Iroquois specialist will give a cultural overview to the People of the Longhouse. 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, An Indian in the Woods, a presentation by Michael DeMunn, Seneca Indian forester and conservationist.

DAY
2
Seneca Artist, Bill Crouse, Beadwork, Boarding School impact
Painted Post, NY
B,L,D
Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center

Breakfast: Breakfast entrees, hot and cold, are served at 8 am in the dining room. Coffee, tea and decaf are available 24/7.

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 Lazore Shauger, will share a multi-media presentation on the Indian boarding school movement.

DAY
3
Day trip to Seneca Falls and Ganondagan State Historic Site
Painted Post, NY
B,L,D
Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center

Breakfast: Breakfast entrees, hot and cold, are served at 8 am in the dining room. Coffee, tea and decaf are available 24/7.

Morning: Depart on day-long field trip to Seneca Falls and Ganondagan. In Seneca Falls we'll have a ranger tour of the Wesleyan Chapel - where the American women's movement began in 1848 at the Women's Rights National Historic Park, plus visits to Elizabeth Cady Stanton's house. 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 sandwiches we prepared after breakfast for our field trip 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 new Visitors Center and exhibits, opened in 2015. 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!

DAY
4
Comparing Indian Cultures, Rockwell Museum of American Art
Painted Post, NY
B

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 guided tour at the Rockwell Museum of American Art in downtown Corning. In addition, admission vouchers for the Corning Museum of Glass will be distributed. For those participants without cars, transportation will be provided to the Rockwell Museum and to any required bus or airport connections required.

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!