The life and times of 19th century Alabama industrialist Daniel Pratt who
arrived in Alabama from New Hampshire in 1833 will be examined and
celebrated in Prattville, Alabama, on February 19-20, 1999.
Topics of the lecture symposium on the 19th include Daniel Pratt as
religious man (Wayne Flynt), as industrial visionary (Marty Olliff), as
slave owner (Vergie Johnson), and as politcian (Curt Evans). The focus on
the 20th will be Pratt as patron of the arts: Donald Keyes and Laquita
Thompson on Pratt's relations with artist George Cooke, and William Banks
on Pratt's influence on Georgia architecture.
There will be a tour of the Pratt cemetery and a gala dinner based on
contemporary menus. Additionally, an exhibit of George Cooke's paintings
and reception will be held at the Alabama State Council on the Arts in
Registration fee for the two day conference is $25, and tickets to the
historic dinner will also be $25.
For further information, contact Pratt Celebration at 334-365-9981 or P.O.
Box 680896, Prattville, AL 36068-0896.
Co-sponsors include the Alabama Humanities Foundation, Auburn University
Center for Arts and Humanities and the Blount Foundation.