Inside the museum, the History Collection of 4,500 objects features Russian and American influences represented by trapping, whaling, fishing, mining, fox farming and agricultural tools, religious memorabilia, and household items.
On Pratt Museum grounds, the historic Harrington cabin is furnished with a homestead collection of over 1,200 artifacts, including hand-tooled equipment, catalog-ordered household goods, and handmade personal items, encompassing the most complete time capsule of self-reliant homestead life in Homer from 1920-1960. The cabin can be seen outdoors along with the 1929 Nordby outhouse, the oldest two-seater in town.
The History Collection covers a wide range of media documenting the pioneer experience in Homer in addition to the material artifacts accessioned into collections. Other resources document regional homesteading and community development such as maps, nautical charts, surveys, correspondence, newspapers, photographs, oral history tapes, and films. A unique addition to our History collection are our three historic boats, yielded through collaborative restoration efforts with the Kachemak Bay Wooden Boat Society.