Zadock Pratt Museum - "How They do That" 

"Before Grandma and Grandpa's Time"

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Click to see the full size picture of the Prattsville School, now the Town Hall on Main Street.  Come and see the exhibition.
Prattsville School in the old Academy.  
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.

Click to see a larger image.  Come and see the exhibition.

  "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 on display.  

  Prattsville Photo Album exhibition is open Memorial Day weekend to Columbus Day 2001, Wednesday-Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

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