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12/06/12 Zadock Pratt Museum Wins State Archives Award

Albany, NY -- The New York State Archives and the Archives Partnership Trust have selected the Zadock Pratt Museum to receive the 2012 Annual Archives Award for Program Excellence in a Historical Records Repository. This award is presented annually to an organization in the state that exemplifies excellence in an archival program.

The award was presented to Betty O'Hara, President of the Zadock Pratt Museum, and Museum Director Carolyn Bennett at a luncheon ceremony at the Cultural Education Center in Albany, held recently.

This award recognizes the Zadock Pratt Museum’s ongoing efforts to protect and preserve the museum’s historical records. This award acknowledges the difficult work undertaken by museum staff and volunteers, in the aftermath of hurricane Irene, to sort and move the museum’s 250 years of Prattsville’s history to a cold storage facility, and develop a priority list for conservation treatment projects and fundraising. This award acknowledges the work completed and the continuing efforts to protect and preserve the museum’s historical records.

Previous award winners include Onondaga County Public Library (2011), Adirondack Museum Library (2010), Stony Brook University (2009), Essex County Historical Society (2008), Schenectady County Historical Society (2007), Huguenot Historical Society in New Paltz (2006), M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives at the University at Albany (2005), Onondaga Historical Association (2004), Canajoharie Library and Art Gallery (2003), and Hofstra University (2002).

“We are pleased to recognize the Zadock Pratt Museum for protecting and preserving the archival heritage of their region, thus enabling historians and educators to use these archives to help bring important history to life,” said State Archivist Christine Ward. “Through their efforts and those of other historical record repositories all over the state, the people of New York will have a far greater understanding of the Empire State’s past.”

The annual Archives Awards program recognizes outstanding efforts in archives and records management work in New York State by a broad range of individuals and organizations. A complete list of this year’s award recipients follows:

Excellence in State Agency Records Management
NYS Office of General Services

Cheryl Steinbach Award for Excellence in Local Government Records Management
Town of Somers (Westchester County)

William H. Kelly Award for Excellence in Local Government Archival Program Development
Livingston County

Program Excellence in a Historical Records Repository
Zadock Pratt Museum, Prattsville (Greene County)

Excellence in Research Using the Holdings of the State Archives
Dr. Tom Arne Midtrod, University of Iowa

William Hoyt Advocacy Award
Carl Hayden, former Chairman of the SUNY Board of Trustees
Dr. Kenneth P. O’Brien, Associate Professor of History at the College at Brockport
and President of the SUNY Faculty Senate

Bruce W. Dearstyne Award for Excellence in the Educational Use of Historical Records
Amber Quinn, Shenendehowa High School, Shenendehowa Central School District (Saratoga County)

Laura and Robert Chodos Award for Excellence in Student Research Using Historical Records, Grades 9-12
Jonah Mittler, Samuel Sommer and Max Summers, Great Neck South High School, Great Neck Union Free School District, Teacher: Frances Tria (Nassau County)

Laura and Robert Chodos Award for Excellence in Student Research Using Historical Records, Grades 6-8
Sarah Jones, Farnsworth Middle School, Guilderland Central School District,
Teacher: Deborah Escobar (Albany County)

Laura and Robert Chodos Award for Excellence in Student Research Using Historical Records, Grades 4-5
Millie Bohn, Murray Avenue School, Mamaroneck Union Free School District,
Teacher: Pamela Tanenbaum (Westchester County)