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PRATTAUGAN MUSEUM

Sponsored by the Autauga County Heritage Association, the museum is dedicated to historical preservation of Autauga County and serves as the Welcome Center for Prattville.  Exhibits feature Daniel Pratt memorabilia, local family history,  Civil War room and county artifacts. There is also genealogy information access available.    Thanks to the generosity of our members, we are able to continue our work in preservation while producing new exhibits in the Prattaugan Museum to inspire visitors with Autauga Alabama's history, arts and culture.

  

  We are currently in need of volunteers to come to the museum one day a month to be available to greet and give tours to visitors or to assist travelers with questions and to answer phone calls.  Volunteers enable us to keep the museum doors open.

Depending on individual interest, there are various organizational projects that can be worked on to include museum inventory, labeling of folders and photographs, re-shelving books in the library, properly storing artifacts, transcribing hand-written diaries, researching information for new museum exhibits and research requests that come in by email or phone calls.

Call 334-361-0961 if you would like to serve as a monthly or weekly volunteer.

BUENA VISTA

 Premier Event Venue in the River Region!

​A beautiful antebellum house built circa 1840's.

Available for tours Tuesday 10 - 2, or by appointment.  

Available by appointment for Weddings, Receptions, Dinners, Luncheons, Parties, Bridal and Baby Showers, Anniversaries, Corporate Events, Business Seminars and Luncheons.  Perfect setting for Prom, Cotillion and Graduation Photo Shoots.
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ARCHIVAL PROJECT

Living History

If you are one of the many that love our local history and would like to have a hand in preserving it for future generations, we have a place for you!  The work continues weekly at Hancock Whitney Bank which has generously allowed ACHA the use of the third floor as a work space.  Currently, volunteers are preserving and cataloguing approximately 300 leather bound ledgers.  We are excited to find ledgers that date to as early as 1835 with historical data that continues to expand our knowledge of early Autauga County.  It is important that all of this significant history is being saved.  ACHA invites you to be a part of this effort!

Call 334-361-0961 or 334-312-6122 to volunteer!



archival project

DPCGC PROJECT

  

After four years of persistent pursuit by several Autauga County Historical Association (ACHA) members, the ACHA has obtained engineering drawings, photos, patterns, ledgers, contracts, patents, manuals, advertisement and artifacts related to cotton gin manufacturing in Prattville.  The material pertains to entities from the Danial Pratt Gin Manufacturing Company to the Continental Eagle Corporation, including entities acquired along the way.  Material potentially dates as far back as 1833 and as recent as 2012, when the facility closed.  Engineering drawings are as recent as 1960 as the foreign company, that acquired Continental Eagle Corporation, retained engineering drawings for gins in use at the time of the acquisition.
 

Thanks to a grant from the Alabama Department of Archives and History, a group of local volunteers, generous contributions by local supporters, and the leadership of the ACHA, Daniel Pratt Gin Company (Continental Eagle Corporation) historical documents are becoming publicly available for retrieval and review at the ACHA.  A limited number of primarily cotton gin engineering drawings, many dating from the 1800's, have already been restored, archived and ready for study.  The inventory of technical engineering drawings include gins, buildings, Autauga Creek dams, World War I and II war effort support products, etc.  Below one can see an example of the listing of the cataloged drawings.  This information is available on the PastPerfect software at the Prattaugan Museum.  In the near future, drawings will be accessible for research and viewing.

Information about the Project, access to archived documents, volunteering to work on restoring and archiving additional documents, donating financial or in-kind resources to the Project, and joining the ACHA is available at 102 E Main St, Prattville, AL 36067, 334-361-0961, museum@autaugahistory.org.  With readable documentation potentially dating as far back as 1833, the Project will continue well into the foreseeable future.  Individual, small groups and organizations looking for a community involvement project are all welcome as volunteers to assist on this important historical project of interest on the local, State, federal and international levels.

Click image to see Youtube Video of DPCGC             Project
Click image to see Youtube Video of DPCGC Project

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Membership Form (pdf)

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June ACHA Newsletter (pdf)

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Membership

Annual Individual Membership $50

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Annual Couples Membership $75

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Annual Contributing Membership $100

Contributing Membership

Lifetime Membership: $1000

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