Archeological Field School Students Dig in at NYPA Visitors Center Complex

Steve Ramsey

August 6, 2010


NORTH BLENHEIM—The New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) Blenheim-Gilboa Power Project Visitors Center Complex will be transformed into an Archeological Field School from August 16 to 20.  The program is sponsored by Hartgen Archeological Associates and the Schoharie River Center, and it is open to children ages 12-18 years old interested in digging in dirt and learning how people used to live.

In the shadow of the Visitor Center’s Historic Lansing Manor, a select group of students will work side by side with professional archeologists at a real dig site. Students will also learn about watershed ecology while hiking through Mine Kill State Park and areas of the Schoharie Creek with the Schoharie River Center’s Environmental Study Team.

The Archeological Field School runs from 9 am to 4 pm and costs $50 per child. Enrollment is limited to 20 students. For more information on how to register, go to www.schoharierivercenter.org, or contact John McKeeby, program director at 518-875-6889, or via email schoharierivercenter@juno.com.

The Lansing Manor House is filled with authentic furnishings from the first half of the 19th century.  The house, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is operated as a museum by NYPA in cooperation with the Schoharie County Historical Society.

The Blenheim-Gilboa project’s admission-free visitors center is part of NYPA’s Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project.  The visitors center and adjacent Lansing Manor are located on Route 30 in North Blenheim, five miles north of Grand Gorge, 17 miles south of Middleburgh and 50 miles southwest of Albany. For more information, please call 1-800-724-0309.


About NYPA:

■ The New York Power Authority uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. ■ NYPA is a leader in promoting energy efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives. ■ It is the nation's largest state public power organization, with 17 generating facilities in various parts of New York State and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ Approximately 80 percent of the electricity it produces is clean renewable hydropower.  Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state. ■For more information, www.nypa.gov.


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