Derrick Pratt Joins Staff as Museum Educator

The Erie Canal Museum recently welcomed Derrick Pratt, of Chittenango, New York, as its new Museum Educator.

Derrick most recently worked at Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum, where he was director of programs. In this newly created position at the Erie Canal Museum, he will identify and implement opportunities to grow education services for all audiences, and provide engaging new programs that share the history and impact of the Erie Canal with classroom students, adult learners, travelers, and everyone living in Central New York.

Derrick earned a B.A. in adolescent education with dual majors in social studies education and history from SUNY Cortland, and is pursuing an M.A. in museum studies at Syracuse University. He is a member of the New York State Canal Corporation’s Reimagine the Canals Task Force, and serves on the boards of the Greater Sullivan Area Chamber of Commerce and the Sullivan Community Council.

For more information, email or phone 315-471-0593.


Established in 1962, the Erie Canal Museum protects and showcases the only remaining weighlock building in the United States, and shares the history and lasting impact of the Erie Canal through hands-on displays, interactive exhibits, and original artifacts. It is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is free with a suggested $5 donation. The Museum is partially funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.