Friends of History in Fulton hires Pratt House director

The Friends of History in Fulton has hired Sue Lane as the new director of the Pratt House museum in Fulton. Originally from Oswego, Lane and her husband Alan, moved back to the area seven years ago.

by Nicole Reitz

The John Wells Pratt House in Fulton now has a new director.

The Friends of History in Fulton hired Sue Lane, a Fulton resident who is originally from Oswego.

Lane and her husband, Alan, moved back to the area seven years ago when her sister needed help caring for their mother.

For the past six and a half years, Lane’s job has been taking care of her mother, who died in September. Taking the winter months to grieve, Lane began to look for part time work.

Lane needed the flexibility of working part time because she drives her sister, who recently had quadruple bypass surgery, to doctors appointments in Syracuse.

She saw a listing for the position in the newspaper and her husband encouraged her to apply. Lane was hired at the beginning of May.

Her responsibility is to keep the Pratt House’s many volunteers organized, even if the volunteers work independently and at different times.

“So far, I think it’s a perfect fit,” said Lane. “It gets me out in the world of the living again.”

Lane has a degree in elementary education. Before moving back home, she was an instructional assistant with fifth-grade special-needs students. She worked 20 plus years for P&C, teaching managers and supervisors.

She has also worked as an office manager in a small company in Kentucky. While in Indiana, she had an antique booth in an antique mall.

“My husband and I have collected antiques forever,” said Lane.

Lane’s love of old things comes from her grandmother, mother and father. Her grandmother and mother were “auction people” and were great at finding items at flea markets, she said.

She remembered the women in her family purchasing furniture and refinishing it.

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