The Office of State History hopes to bring the community and network of historians working throughout New York State closer by highlighting the work, research and community outreach efforts of individual historians. This section will change on a rotating basis and should be representative of the entire field, with opportunities to highlight undergraduate and graduate student research as well. To be considered for a future "Meet the Historian", please contact us at statehistory@nysed.gov.  Content should include a photograph, short bio, and a description of any special projects or research highlights.

Anastasia Pratt, PhD

Clinton County Historian

Anastasia Pratt has been the Clinton County Historian since May 2008. In that time, she's taken on a variety of projects, including the "Clinton County History Through The Eyes of Its Children" mosaic. Most recently, though, Anastasia has been working on a project about the county's many World War II veterans.

 Using information compiled by a local historian many years ago, as well as letters, newspaper articles, photos, and oral histories, Anastasia is creating a compendium of local WWII veterans and placing them in the context of the local and international context for that service.

 In addition to her work as historian, Anastasia is an Associate Professor at SUNY Empire State College, teaching in the Historical Studies department and Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program (particularly in the Public History and Heritage Preservation certificates) and an active musician, performing as a bassist and vocalist with Towne Meeting and other local groups. She graduate with a BA in History (Summa Cum Laude) from SUNY Plattsburgh and with an MA and PhD in American Culture from the University of Michigan.