Nyack’s beloved Frances Pratt and her many fabulous hats is the subject of the summer exhibition at the museum of the Historical Society of the Nyacks.
The exhibition opens Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 1 to 5 p.m.
Born in South Carolina, Frances Pratt arrived in Nyack as a young bride and has lived here ever since. She worked at Nyack Hospital for over 50 years, serving as Head Nurse in the Emergency Room. When she retired the hospital created a scholarship and a peace rose garden in her honor.
She received an honorary doctorate from Nyack College consistent with her earlier ambition to be a missionary. In 1981 Mrs. Pratt became president of the Rockland NAACP and has worn that hat ever since.
In keeping with her leadership role in the community, Frances always appears in an eye-catching hat, seemingly a new one on each occasion. She credits Marshall Pratt as the designer of these hats, each coordinated with a certain outfit. She has a collection of 250 hats, some of which will be in the exhibition, along with information about her community service and her distinctive words of wisdom known to many as “Prattisms.”
The museum is located at 50 Piermont Avenue and is open 1-4 on Saturdays from June 2 to July 28.
A companion exhibition is showcased in the glass display cases of the Carnegie-Farian Room at the Nyack Library during library hours.