Walter Lowe, Davies Batterton and their many descendants certainly fit nicely with that description, but Pratt isn’t quite finished with his collection. With Lowe’s contribution, in fact, he’s about halfway to his goal of “100 Objects.” He clarified, though, that although he’ll use several pieces from Lowe’s collection, he’ll only count them as a single part of the overall display.
The veteran teacher welcomed anyone with “a unique piece of local history” to submit it for 100 Objects. He also assured potential contributors that all items will be treated with utmost care and will be kept under lock and key. All items will be returned at the close of the exhibit.
Pratt hopes to collect a diverse range of items for the display, including photographs, postcards, sheet music or musical instruments, sports memorabilia, local newspapers, military medals, primary documents (deeds, licenses, etc.), fossils, Native American artifacts, flags and diaries.
With the Nov. 5 and 6 Fall Chautauqua centering on the Civil War and its local impact, he also hopes some of the items will provide a Decatur County connection to America’s war against itself.
The project, Pratt explained, is designed to expose and inform students about the “wealth of history that exists within our own county borders.” Each of Pratt’s students will be assigned an object from the collection to research and write a report about. Those reports will be displayed with each item, with a corresponding museum program compiled for exhibit guests.
Pratt commended Lowe for her contribution. “When you have projects like this that are school based and involve the community,” he said, “they don’t succeed without citizens like Margaret Lowe, who see the value in local history and local history projects.”
The value of Lowe’s contribution to 100 Objects, Pratt added, is that her story is both unique and uniquely Decatur Countian. “Her story shares the great heritage of the local newspaper – among many other things. It’s the type of insight you don’t find in history books, which is precisely what I’m trying to convey to my students – the value and importance of local history; the fact that it’s something to be treasured. Local history is a lot more interesting and important than they tend to believe. I’m hoping, now, that others will step up and offer items for the collection. Everyone has an interesting history and story to tell. The more we can capture those personal histories through projects like this, the more our students and our community stand to gain.”
To find out about donating an object to the Decatur County History in 100 Objects project, call GCHS History Teacher John Pratt at 663-7176 ext. 1222, or email Mr. Pratt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact: Rob Cox 812-663-3111 x7011