2019 MARKED THE ZADOCK PRATT MUSEUM’S
SIXTIETH YEAR OF COMMUNITY SERVICE
CAPITAL CAMPAIGN UPDATE
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.
PRATT ROCK PARK
Pratt Rock, known locally as the “Mount Rushmore of the East,” was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992. Built between 1842 – 1862, the Rock was originally designed to memorialize Pratt’s life. The carvings on the Rock depict Zadock Pratt, his son George, a horse, a hemlock tree, the tannery, the Pratt coat of arms, a wreath with the names of two of Pratt’s children, and an arm raising a hammer. The monument became a memorial dedicated to George, after George died in the Civil War in 1862. The Pratt Rock Park, an early 19th century pleasure park, also included an early use of Far Eastern terraced gardening influenced by Pratt’s visit to Korea in the late 1830s.
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 last year. 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
May 23 – October 12, 2020
This exhibit brings 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. Painting from both public and private collections showcase his significant contribution to early American portraiture.
SPRINGTIME FUNDRAISER – POSTPONED
6629 NYS-23A, Tannersville, NY 12485
Sunday, March 29, 2020
12 noon to 2 p.m.
We would like to thank everybody in the local and virtual Pratt Museum community for the overwhelming enthusiasm and response received for the 2020 Brunch Fundraiser scheduled for Sunday, March 29 at the Washington Irving Inn in Tannersville. The totality of reservations called in exceeded our capacity for accommodation, and the generosity of unexpected donations both made us feel even more deeply supported than we imagined when we first set out planning this fundraising effort with the sole goal in mind of contributing to the General Operations Fundraising, which includes the Museum’s Capital Campaign Effort.
However, in the sober interest of the health and well-being of all, this event has been postponed until a later date to be announced for reasons that, we’re sure, require no explanation during this critical time.
All those who have made reservations are in the process of being contacted.
For those thoughtful registrants who have prepaid their tickets, we especially thank you for that helpful promptness and support and we will be refunding your payment in full along with an alternative available for placing your payment toward the future re-scheduling of this event.
In the meantime, during the forseeable period of ‘social distancing’ for all of us that lies ahead, we’d like to invite any of our readers who have a short local story to tell about growing up in this region, or a brief anecdote connected with living here, or even a history-connected tale or two, to please join us on the Zadock Pratt Museum Facebook page and share some story-telling time with all of us while we wait out the situation surrounding us together.
Again, thank you everybody—stay healthy and stay caring.