It Makes a Great Holiday Gift!

The Zadock Pratt Museum Coloring Book – A Collection of Twenty-Six Catskill Historical Quilting Designs, has just been released through the museum’s publishing arm, The Abigail & Mary Press, just in time for the holidays. All text and drawings are by Suzanne M. Walsh. The book is partly funded by The A. Lindsay and Olive B. O’Connor Foundation and The Nicholas J. Juried Family Foundation.

More than a coloring book, this project is an important and enlivened educational narrative on the historical roles played by the early women who came to this corner of what eventually became the Schoharie and Greene Counties of New York State. The book, which includes tales explored through the wonderful medium of the quilts, pillows and table runners in the Pratt Museum’s textile collection, was inspired by the 2018 exhibition titled “Undercover Stories”. The text accompanying the quilts describes the settlement of the local area, touching on information all the way back to the settling of the indigenous people of the Owasco, ancestors of the Haudenosaunee, the Iroquois Nation. From there the stories spiral out, touching upon Queen Anne, the Haudenosaunee, the Palatine settlement in the Catskill Region, the founding of Prattsville, and of course the stories abound about Pratt himself. The Pratt stories are illustrated in a beautiful Presentation Quilt made by the first-graders of the Gilboa-Conesville Central School fifteen years ago.

The whimsical coloring pages and sometimes thought-provoking text can be summed up as a reflection of Early America coded in the quilting designs of the hard-working, creative women of this region and their craft. Their quilts bear tributes touching on the plight of the indigenous peoples, enslaved people, and the harsh life of women who memorialized it all.

The book can be ordered by phone at (518) 299-3395, email at prattmuseum@hotmail.com, or mail at Pratt Museum, PO Box 333, Prattsville, NY 12468. For questions about this project, you may contact Suzanne Walsh at (518) 937-6120 or suzanwal5@aol.com. All funds go to support the Pratt Museum’s mission.      

ZADOCK PRATT MUSEUM PRESENTS Prattsville Clews – A Case Study by Clover Archer Chronicler of Inklings at The Institute for Clew StudiesONLINE 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.”

As a creative endeavor that combines contemporary artistic practice with historical research, the Prattsville Clews Project online exhibition is a collaboration between Prattsville Art Center and the Zadock Pratt Museum. 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. In Part I of this two-part presentation, the Zadock Pratt Museum is hosting a digital exhibition of the graphite drawings, the text of the “clews” that inspired the drawings, and the family trees that became artworks as their branches were jointly filled in by current family members with names and stories. In Part II of this two-part presentation, the Prattsville Art Center will host on its website the Clew Registry wherein visitors are invited to contribute a biographical detail that may subtly shift how future researchers will understand them.



In 2019 the Museum successfully secured funds to paint the exterior of the building and restore the two historic porches as well as paint the Carriage House. We also secured funding to complete a Cultural Landscape Report of the herb garden. It is hoped that by studying the herb garden area as well as the museum’s archives we can lay the groundwork for restoring this important interpretive feature of the Zadock Pratt Museum site.

We’ve raised $133,960 to date thanks to generous support from the Nicholas J. Juried Family Foundation, A. Lindsay & Olive B. O’Connor Foundation and Preservation League of New York State.

Next, we will begin Phase II of our capital improvement plan. We hope to create a permanent exhibit focused on Zadock Pratt: The Man, The Town & The Nation on the Museum’s second floor. While we don’t yet have exact figures for this campaign, we expect it to be in the range of $250,000.


In May 2019 the Town of Prattsville approved $27,700 to restore the Pratt Rock Park and make it more accessible to the public. Internationally renowned landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh was invited to present a concept plan for the restoration of the park at the Town Board meeting in October 2019. The plan, which was enthusiastically received, re-envisions the park as a contemporary 21st century “pleasure park” with enough restoration elements of Pratt’s original park to preserve its historic significance.

The Museum is working closely with the Town of Prattsville and Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates on this important restoration project. We need $70,000 to complete Phase I, cleaning and restoration of the historic rock sculptures. Get in touch to make a donation.


Amos Hamlin II:  An American Portraitist

This exhibit, originally scheduled for 2020, will bring together the work of Amos Hamlin II,  a 19th century itinerant portrait painter who lived and worked primarily in Greene and Schoharie counties. Each of his paintings has a story to tell, offering a glimpse into the early history of the northern Catskills and the fledging American republic. Paintings from both public and private collections showcase his significant contribution to early American portraiture.



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