Tales From Macculloch Hall

31
Oct

The Hudson-Fulton Celebration of 1909

Earlier this month the 107th anniversary of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration of 1909 passed, without public notice. That spectacular two-week celebration took place in New York Harbor upon the 300th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s discovery of the river that would be named after him. The celebration also commemorated the 110th anniversary of the first voyage of […]

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11
Sep

Lafayette’s Visit: Eyewitness to History

September is the birthday month of the Marquis de Lafayette, the French hero of the American Revolution who in 1780 brought news to General Washington in Morristown that the French fleet was sailing to help the colonists. Forty-five years later on Bastille Day, July 14, 1825, Lafayette returned to Morristown escorted by the Morris cavalry. […]

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15
Aug

Henry Miller, Civil War Naval Hero

On June 10, 1857 two young Midshipmen graduated from the Naval Academy at Annapolis – Henry William Miller (1836-1909), grandson of George Perrot Macculloch and Henry Davis Todd (1838-1907), uncle of W. Parsons Todd (1877-1976), the founder of Macculloch Hall Historical Museum. After graduation, they were both assigned to the USS Mohican on anti-slavery patrol […]

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29
May

J.P. Morgan Sends Grandma a Birthday Gift

It’s May 20, 1878, and the family has gathered at the “Old House” to celebrate Mary Louisa Macculloch Miller’s seventy-fourth birthday. Mary was the daughter of George and Louisa Macculloch. This photo was taken on the front porch of Macculloch Hall to mark this annual event. Her daughters, Edwina and Frances, and sons, Henry and […]

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01
May

Poetry at Macculloch Hall

April was Poetry Month at Macculloch Hall, even though our twenty-year-old series of poetry readings, Poets in the Garden, traditionally takes place in late summer: “Sweet is the breeze when vernal Zephyrs play,” wrote founder, George P. Macculloch, in 1815, in a thank you note for a pair of fans presented to his wife, Louisa […]

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21
Mar

“Are Women People?”

Alice Duer Miller and Women’s Rights In 1915 in an essay in the Saturday Evening Post, former President William Howard Taft wrote, “The longer the extension of the franchise to women waits, the better they will be prepared for it.”  In response, Alice Duer Miller (1874-1942) wrote the following in her syndicated column “Are Women […]

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28
Feb

Alice Duer Miller and Hollywood

Watching the Oscar Awards can make one think back to movies made during Hollywood’s “Golden Age.” If you have seen the 1935 Jerome Kern movie musical Roberta starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, you may have noticed the story line credit Alice Duer Miller (1874-1942) taken from her novel Gowns by Roberta. The film followed […]

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14
Feb

Love and Romance at Macculloch Hall

Reading the personal family letters in the archives of MHHM reminds us that these people were more than names on a genealogy. They were living, breathing human beings with feelings and emotions. On this Valentine’s Day, we look at romance in the Macculloch-Miller families. In a letter written on Valentine’s Day 1848, Elizabeth Miller (1828-1852), […]

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08
Feb

Song of the First of Arkansas

This photograph, from a lovingly framed tintype in the Macculloch Hall Historical Museum archives, has long been thought to be of one of Lindley Hoffman Miller’s beloved soldiers “of African descent.” Shortly after arriving in Goodrich’s Landing, Louisiana, Morristown’s Civil War hero began writing home to his mother, Mary Louisa Macculloch Miller, to tell of […]

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24
Jan

Snow Day!

CLOSED TODAY, JANUARY 24, DUE TO SNOW

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