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Lanigan students visit Pratt House Museum

FULTON – Students at Lanigan Elementary School took a step back in time during their recent visit to the John Wells Pratt House Museum in Fulton.

Pratt House Museum tour guide Karen O’Brien shows Lanigan fourth grade students one of the many early maps of the area during their tour of the museum recently.
Pratt House Museum tour guide Karen O’Brien shows Lanigan fourth grade students one of the many early maps of the area during their tour of the museum recently.

The fourth graders learned a great deal about what life was like during the turn of the 19th century when the large house was occupied by the Pratt family.

The family’s business was building canal boats and the students learned about the importance of the river and the canal system in the state.

The museum also featured several rooms set up as they would have been when the family occupied the home.

Riley Reynolds stands next to one of the displays surrounding the fire department at the John Wells Pratt House Museum during the fourth grade tours of the museum.
Riley Reynolds stands next to one of the displays surrounding the fire department at the John Wells Pratt House Museum during the fourth grade tours of the museum.

Other rooms also held complete displays showcasing various collections of items significant to the area such as phones, firearms, maps and manufacturing in the area during the late 1800s and early 1900s, while another room looked at the lighter side of the early era and focused on toys.

Tour guides Alec Seymour and Karen O’Brien talked to the students about the history of the area along with personal stories about the Pratt family to give students a deeper insight into a time when life was very different from what students experience today.

The museum is located at 177 S. First St. and is open to the public.

 

Number please? Phone operators used large phone line connecting consoles like this one on display at the Pratt House Museum in the middle of the 20th century. The students from Lanigan Elementary enjoyed pretending to be phone operators for a few moments at the museum. From left are:  Jaylin Rodriguez, Camilla Piano and Gracie Dempsey.
Number please? Phone operators used large phone line connecting consoles like this one on display at the Pratt House Museum in the middle of the 20th century. The students from Lanigan Elementary enjoyed pretending to be phone operators for a few moments at the museum. From left are: Jaylin Rodriguez, Camilla Piano and Gracie Dempsey.