Prattsville School in the old
Grades 1-4 ground floor,
grade 5 second floor
�How They Do
That?� or �Before Grandma and Grandpa�s Time�
OLE Tyme: Demonstrations of Black Smithing, Weaving,
Spinning, Candle Dipping, Stain Glass ECT. See photos of the
spinster and the blacksmith demonstrating their work at the Museum.
Pratt Museum Presents
Rare Historic Area Photos by Alvis Brigis, The
Mountain Eagle, May 17, 2001:
"A rare and unique glimpse into the
history of our area will be offered when Zadock Pratt Museum opens a
special new exhibit entitled " A Prattsville Photo Album, Historic
Photographs of the Region and its People".
On May 26th,
when the museum opens its doors, the public will find inside a unique
and personable collection of approximately 200 photographs taken by
local residents prior to 1950. Each photo reproduction will
measure at least 8x10" and will be labelled with information
provided by area families.
Museum Curator Marianne Neuber, the
driving force behind the exhibit, says she thinks are residents will
be very interested in the particular photographs included in the
collection, which includes views of both city and rural life. formal
photos of families, people having fun or working, and shots of
buildings and vistas that no longer exist.
"I'm very excited about this exhibit
because of how it features our regional predecessors," she says,
adding, "They are mysteries. Their secrets make us all
curious. It is enjoyable to figure out what's going on in a
particular scene. For example, why is Uncle Shirley, who is
posing with his chickens, wearing a suit and a tie? Or, who is
that sporty-looking woman with her bicycle?"
This show is about the community and for the
community," reinforces Neuber, "It should prove to be of
interest to people not only from Prattsville, but also Ashland, Gilboa,
Conesville and other surrounding townships. It is an exhibit
that truly honors the people of this region."
And not only is this a show about the
people and for the people, it's also by the people because, as Neuber
points out, it would not have been possible without the help of a good
number of local families.
"I am very
thankful to the families who participated by contributing photos or
their time, patience and cooperation," she says, "they were
all very cooperative and very friendly."
When the exhibit reaches its conclusion in
September, on Labor Day, "the photographs will become a part of the
Pratt Museum's permanent collection".
In addition to the photographs, an exhibit
of vintage camera, including some old motion picture recorders, will be
Prattsville Photo Album exhibition is open
Memorial Day weekend to Columbus Day 2001, Wednesday-Sunday, 1-5 p.m.