Zadock Pratt Museum

Zadock Pratt Museum Dedicated to exhibiting the history and culture of the Northern Catskill Region. Open May through October.

Operating as usual

10/03/2020

Ding, ding, ding ! If we had a bell, we'd ring it ! We've passed 1,000 friends. Thank you, thank you, thank you !!! We're glad you're out there. We're glad you're reading.

10/03/2020

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10/01/2020

If the Zadock Pratt Museum went away today who would it matter to and why?

That's the question we'd like to ask you today.

Like many other museums around the world, the Zadock Pratt Museum is going through a period of strain that brings with it the opportunity to reimagine itself and grow into the future.

We've increased our Board of Directors from 4 to 6: Janelle Maurer, President; Crystal Soule-Cornell, Vice President; Debbie Sutch, Secretary & Treasurer; Yvette Hayes, Kathy Rappelyea, and Harvey Truesdell. We're expecting to expand the Board to 8 in the next few weeks.

As our Board of Directors goes through a revisioning of the Museum for themselves, we'd like to include you in the discussion, which brings us to the question at the top of this post.

Please, we'd love to hear from you--soon!

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09/15/2020
Prattsville Clews - A Case Study by Clover Archer / Online Exhibition

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Jan Cammer, Jim Cronk, Eva Truesdell Irwin, Laurel Irwin, Barbara Landry, Janelle Conine Maurer, Erin O’Hara Meyer, Gayle Peckham, Calvin Robinson, Edna Robinson, Marion Robinson, Harvey Truesdell

The Zadock Pratt Museum in collaboration with Prattsville Art Center presents Prattsville Clews - A Case Study by Clover...
08/19/2020
Prattsville Clews Exhibition

The Zadock Pratt Museum in collaboration with Prattsville Art Center presents Prattsville Clews - A Case Study by Clover Archer, an online exhibition exploring micro or granular histories - small ordinary moments in everyday lives that fill in the vast amount of time around lifetime milestones or what is more generally considered “important.” This project brings together the missions of Prattsville’s historical foundation and its creative community center to examine overlooked trajectories between the past, present, and future, and to celebrate this unique area of the Catskill region. Visit the exhibition online at https://zadockprattmuseum.org/prattsville-clews-exhibition/

by Clover Archer   Prattsville Clews – A Case Study by CLOVER ARCHER Chronicler of Inklings at The Institute for Clew Studies All drawings: 8 x 10 inches, graphite on paper, 2019-2020 Cl…

04/09/2020

Day 17 of self-containment. The upside--if there is an upside--of self-quarantine is that it has slowed things down, given us time at home and time to think. Time to become more familiar with our thoughts, actions and emotions. Time to get closer to things.

These past few weeks, I have gotten much closer to the everyday work of the Museum. It feels much like life has been rolled back 25 or 30 years to the first days when I joined the staff of the museum. Heck, I was the only staff here. It was an exciting, challenging time. It is just that once again.

Several people have asked me why we will be closed until the end of the year. It's a judgment call. We believe that re-introduction into "normal" life will take time. That's the first thing. Secondly, it takes at least a year to plan a season--exhibits, programs and all. We worked last year to bring an exciting new exhibit, "The Itinerant Art of Amos Hamlin," to you this year. We worked collaboratively with Greene County Historical Society, Wisconsin Historical Society, Old Stone Fort, New York State Museum and private collectors to put this exhibit together. Now, out of necessity, all of that has had to be shut down and postponed. The same with live programs. And benefits. We do this to preserve the Museum for the future. We beg your patience while we work to bring you some on-line programming and to conserve the funds of the museum so that we may, like you, emerge whole from this crisis.

Too much said. We hope you're safe and well. Please feel free to post your memories of Prattsville's past on this website if you feel so moved. Please help keep history alive.

Carolyn

04/07/2020

We're working to bring some on-line exhibits and programs via social media throughout 2020.

04/07/2020

Dear Friends & Supporters,

Like most of you, I am home, thankful for my health (so far) and my work.

I want to update you on the state of the Pratt Museum during these difficult times.

We are closed through the end of the year.

All live programs and exhibits have been cancelled for the year.

Thanks to funding from the O'Connor Foundation and the Juried Family Foundation, we raised a good deal of the funds needed to complete Phase I of our Capital Campaign: Installation of a complete air-heat pump HVAC system for two buildings with propane backup. This work will continue to go on during our closed period. We feel lucky to be able to spend this money in the local community during these trying times.

We have had to furlough two staff members and have cut most consultant contracts until further notice.

Like all of our sister non-profits (and all of you out there) our ability to fundraise has been seriously compromised. If you are able to support us in any way through this crisis, please send donations to Zadock Pratt Museum, P.O. Box 333, Prattsville, NY 12468.

I am working at home on the Capital Campaign and a number of other initiatives important to the Museum at this time.

We are confident that we will come through this--with deep scars, no doubt. Until that time, I will continue to post to Facebook at least once a week.

What we are experiencing as a nation is historically unprecedented. As a public historian, I recognize the importance of capturing our stories of this time in writing. So, we're asking those of you who feel so moved to post your pandemic stories here and we will collect them as part of a record of this time.

Until our doors are flung wide open to the public, we will be thinking of you and wishing you the best.

Carolyn Bennett
Executive Director
ZADOCK PRATT MUSEUM

03/17/2020

SPRINGTIME FUNDRAISER POSTPONED

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02/11/2020

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02/07/2020
News from the Zadock Pratt Museum

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The mission of the Zadock Pratt Museum is to educate the public about of the local, state, and nationally known significance of 19th century Catskill Mountains Congressman and tannery owner Zadock Pratt, his family, and the greater Schohariekill-Prattsville area from pre-Revolution to the 21st centu...

Visit our website to learn more about the ongoing renovation plans, the groundbreaking exhibition dedicated to Amos Haml...
02/07/2020
Zadock Pratt Museum

Visit our website to learn more about the ongoing renovation plans, the groundbreaking exhibition dedicated to Amos Hamlin (May - October 2020), and the launch of the Pratt Rock Park restoration project. #ZadockPratt #ZadockPrattMuseum #GreeneCounty #DiscoverGreene #TheCatskills #UpstateNY #ILoveNY

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!  Another Historic milestone in the town of Prattsville has been reached in the last 48 hours, and ...
11/28/2019

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! Another Historic milestone in the town of Prattsville has been reached in the last 48 hours, and just in time for today's Holiday!

For the 1st time in over thirty years, the Pratt Museum's SHUTTERS have ALL been taken out of the dark, newly repaired, sparklingly painted and mounted once again on their originally forged hardware back in place where they were destined to be--the now-shiny outside walls of the Pratt Museum in the heart of town. And it's all been brought to completion just this week, in keeping time for when our whole nation today will be united in thoughts turned toward Thanksgiving.

Certainly our gratitude goes first and foremost to Nick Juried of the Nicholas J Juried Foundation for his vision aligned with that of Zadock Pratt himself in funding this longed-for restoration of the founder's original building design, and this equally in tandem with Carolyn Bennett who, as Museum Director, never lost hope in this goal even in the darkest days after the flood when so many other urgent, triage needs took precedent.

And secondly, but most generously, our thanks goes to Lenny Coons and his amazing crew--Beaver, Jake and Zachary--for their fine sense of of artisanship and love of their craft exhibited in every detail while fitting back together the crazy jigsaw pieces of the near-to-crumbling pile of hurriedly stashed shutter pieces.

On this memorable Thanksgiving morning in Prattsville, we welcome all to share in the joy and the deep sense of gratitude felt in the exterior completion of Zadock Pratt's historic landmark jewel in the heart of the Catskills. Thank you, Everybody, and Happy Thanksgiving!

(ps--Alas! Been trying & re-trying since last night to post some
of our cool on-the-job photos accompanyng this post, but seems that since so many facebook friends everywhere have been, and are, posting Thanksgiving photos that things are moving very, very slowly, alternating with not-at-all. With better luck, will try uploading more of our uploaded photos later today. Enjoy dinner!)

"Sensing a theme? Prattsville and Pratt Rock were both named for the town’s founder, Zadock Pratt, who had a distinguish...
11/18/2019
Upstate NY has its own hidden Mount Rushmore that you’ve never heard of

"Sensing a theme? Prattsville and Pratt Rock were both named for the town’s founder, Zadock Pratt, who had a distinguished and varied career ranging from soldier to banker to politician. But what he is best known for is establishing the world’s largest tannery (at the time) in the 1830s right here in the Northern Catskills." Click to read more.

One early settler immortalized his life in stone on top of a mountain in the Catskills.

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10/17/2019

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Visit Zadock Pratt Museum this weekend - last chance to see “Zadock Pratt: The Man, The Town & The Nation” exhibition be...
10/11/2019
Zadock Pratt Exhibition

Visit Zadock Pratt Museum this weekend - last chance to see “Zadock Pratt: The Man, The Town & The Nation” exhibition before the gallery closes for the season

We are excited to announce that Zadock Pratt Museum has been awarded a Preserve New York Grant to complete a Cultural La...
10/11/2019
Preserve New York Grants - 2019 — Preservation League of NYS

We are excited to announce that Zadock Pratt Museum has been awarded a Preserve New York Grant to complete a Cultural Landscape Report of the herb garden. It is hoped that studying the herb garden area as well as the museum's archives can lay the groundwork for restoring this important interpretive feature of the site. #historicpreservation #thecatskills #ZadockPratt

This year's jury has awarded $262,498 to 31 projects across 25 counties. With the announcement of the 2019 awards, support provided by Preserve New York since its launch totals more than $2.8 million to 438 projects statewide.

We thank the Bank of Greene County for being a great supporter of the Zadock Pratt Museum!
10/11/2019

We thank the Bank of Greene County for being a great supporter of the Zadock Pratt Museum!

The 2019 Zadock Pratt Museum History Award Recipients, recognized for their outstanding work in the local and regional h...
10/02/2019

The 2019 Zadock Pratt Museum History Award Recipients, recognized for their outstanding work in the local and regional history of the Tri-County area of Delaware, Greene and Schoharie Counties: Janelle Conine Maurer, Donald B. Teator, Kevin Berner and Ginny Scheer. Photo Credit: Eric Ferrar Photography. For more photos, visit our website at https://zadockprattmuseum.org/2019/10/01/zadock-pratt-museums-sixtieth-anniversary-gala/

The 2019 Zadock Pratt Museum History Award Recipients, recognized for their outstanding work in the local and regional history of the Tri-County area of Delaware, Greene and Schoharie Counties: Janelle Conine Maurer, Donald B. Teator, Kevin Berner and Ginny Scheer. Photo Credit: Eric Ferrar Photography. For more photos, visit our website at https://zadockprattmuseum.org/2019/10/01/zadock-pratt-museums-sixtieth-anniversary-gala/

09/30/2019

THANK YOU TO ALL YOU WONDERFUL PEOPLE--visible and invisible--who made last night's Pratt Museum 6th Annual Awards Benefit and 60th Anniversary Celebration fulfill so incredibly and perfectly the Purpose and Meaning for which it was intended...WOW!!!

Stay tuned: Explanatory Photos To Follow Shortly!!!

Become a member of the Zadock Pratt Museum today, and help preserve the history of our region.
09/26/2019
Become A Member

Become a member of the Zadock Pratt Museum today, and help preserve the history of our region.

Read the profiles of our 2019 History Award Recipients: Janelle Conine Maurer, Donald B. Teator, Kevin Berner and Ginny ...
09/26/2019
Zadock Pratt Museum Announces Its 2019 History Award Recipients

Read the profiles of our 2019 History Award Recipients: Janelle Conine Maurer, Donald B. Teator, Kevin Berner and Ginny Scheer, recognized for their outstanding work in the local and regional history of the Tri-County area of Delaware, Greene and Schoharie Counties. Join us this Saturday, September 28 at Villa Vosilla as we celebrate their accomplishments.

Zadock Pratt Museum announces the 2019 Zadock Pratt Museum History Award Recipients: Janelle Conine Maurer, Donald B. Teator, Kevin Berner and Ginny Scheer, who will be awarded in recognition of th…

Have you reserved your seat yet? The festivities will begin with Cocktail Hour at 5 p.m. (cash bar), followed by Dinner ...
09/17/2019
Zadock Pratt Museum's Sixth Annual Benefit & Sixty Years of Service to the Community

Have you reserved your seat yet? The festivities will begin with Cocktail Hour at 5 p.m. (cash bar), followed by Dinner & Awards Ceremony at 6 p.m. M.C. Joe Loverro / WRIP & John Young. LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: Pianist David Peskin.

Zadock Pratt Museum's Sixth Annual Benefit & Sixty Years of Service to the Community Zadock Pratt Museum invites you to celebrate Its Sixth Annual Benefit & Sixty Years of Service to the Community. This year’s honorees are Janelle Conine Maurer, Donald B. Teator, Kevin Berner and Ginny Scheer, who...

Join Us at our Sixth Annual Benefit & Sixty Years of Service to the Community on Sat, Sept. 28 at Villa Vosilla. This ye...
09/17/2019

Join Us at our Sixth Annual Benefit & Sixty Years of Service to the Community on Sat, Sept. 28 at Villa Vosilla. This year we will honor Janelle Conine Maurer, Donald B. Teator, Kevin Berner and Ginny Scheer, who will be awarded The Zadock Pratt Museum History Award in recognition of their outstanding work in the local and regional history of the Tri-County area of Delaware, Greene and Schoharie Counties. The festivities will begin with Cocktail Hour at 5 p.m. (cash bar), followed by Dinner & Awards Ceremony at 6 p.m. Masters of Ceremony will be Joe Loverro, DJ at WRIP, and John Young, owner of Young’s and member of the Zadock Pratt Museum’s Board of Directors. Pianist David Peskin will perform live music. #ZadockPratt #PrattMuseum #DiscoverGreene #thecatskills #ILoveNY

09/15/2019

Join Us at Our Sixth Annual Benefit & Sixty Years of Service to the Community Awards Event

Stones are speaking...Glenn Kreisberg's talk on the latest technical data gathered on the unique patterns formed by the ...
09/01/2019

Stones are speaking...Glenn Kreisberg's talk on the latest technical data gathered on the unique patterns formed by the large standing stones and 'Turtle' cairns found across the Northeast included the local Standing Stone located in nearby Lexington.

Attendees to this Pratt Museum talk presented by Glenn visited the Lexington stone up close and examined the tree fossils embedded in the 9-ft. high monolith. These fossils, according to local geologist Bob Titus, are Devonian in origin and thus similar to those discovered around the Gilboa Resevoir region, and which can now be seen at the Gilboa Museum and Juried History Center.

Glenn's exciting book "Spirits in Stone" is available at the Pratt Museum's Gift Shop.

Join us on September 28 at Villa Vosilla as we celebrate sixty years of community service and award The Zadock Pratt Mus...
08/27/2019
Sixth Annual Benefit

Join us on September 28 at Villa Vosilla as we celebrate sixty years of community service and award The Zadock Pratt Museum History Award in recognition of outstanding work in local / regional history in the Tri-County area of Delaware, Greene & Schoharie Counties to the following: Janelle Maurer, Don Teator, Kevin Berner, and Ginny Scheer. M.C. Joe Loverro / WRIP & John Young. LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: Pianist David Peskin. Contact us at [email protected] to reserve your seat. #ZadockPratt #PrattHouse #DiscoverGreene

The Zadock Pratt Museum Celebrates It’s Sixth Annual Benefit & 60 Years of Service to the Community September 28, 2019 at Villa Vosilla Tannersville, NY 12485   5-6 pm Cash Bar 6-8 pm Dinn…

Love learning about Hudson Valley history and geology? Join us this Sat 8/31 at 1 pm for a presentation by Robert and Jo...
08/27/2019
Here's What to Do in the Hudson Valley This Week

Love learning about Hudson Valley history and geology? Join us this Sat 8/31 at 1 pm for a presentation by Robert and Johanna Titus. Thank you for the coverage, Hudson Valley Magazine!

A Civil War reenactment in Monroe, a brass band barbecue in Saugerties, and more from this week’s picks for Hudson Valley events.

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Zadock Pratt Museum is located in the 19th century Greek Revival home of Congressman, banker, soldier, and tannery owner Zadock Pratt. The house was built in 1828 and re-designed in 1856. Since 1986 it’s been on the National Register of Historic Places.

The museum opened to the public in 1959 as a research and preservation center. Its mission is to educate the public about of the local, state, and nationally known significance of Zadock Pratt, his family, and the greater Schohariekill-Prattsville area from pre-Revolution to the 21st century. Its collections and programs are dedicated to Pratt’s interests and long-lasting influence in the area. The Gallery is open to the public from May through October.

Learn more at https://zadockprattmuseum.org/

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A Gift of Sheer Joy from France to the world this universal Easter Week...enjoy!
I am interested in the five issues of the Margaretville Utilitarian newspaper that are in your collections (1868:10:22, 11:5) (1869:2:11, 9:9, 30). Specificall I am interested in news about Ira Hicks (of Stratton Falls in Roxbury) and also the ads that he may have placed in that newspaper. Is it possible to visit the Museum and look at the newspapers? I live in Roxbury. Thank you very much. JT Milanich [email protected]
Thanks to Susie and Carolyn and all Saturday's participants for a great event! Best, Sharon and Robert
Found this card while going through some old family memorabilia. Note the rather odd "commandments" on the back!
Located my photo of the Levi L. Hill grave at Wiltwyck Cemetery, Kingston, NY. Many thanks to Bob Haines of Kingston for locating the grave and properly caring for it over the years.
I had a great tour of the Museum today.Thank you Suzy.
Matchbook I found on eBay years ago
Not sure if I posted this before, my Grandfather Raymond "Sam" Elliott, driver for Charles Alle, from about the time that Greyhound finally managed to but out Alle (late 1944?).