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31
Oct

The Hudson-Fulton Celebration of 1909

107th Anniversary of Hudson-Fulton 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 […]

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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 William 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

Mary Louisa Macculloch Miller’s Birthday 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 […]

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01
May

Poetry at Macculloch Hall

Poetry Month 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 […]

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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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10
Jan

Captain Miller and the “Arkansas Volunteers of African Descent”

Which young Morristown Civil War hero carries $10,000 in cash to New Orleans for the Union forces along the Mississippi? It was Lindley Hoffman Miller (1834-1864), grandson of George and Louisa Macculloch, who was bound for duty in command of “colored troops,” organizing to fight in the Civil War. His personal letters home to his […]

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22
Dec

Home for Christmas?

Home for Christmas? Macculloch Hall Historical Museum counts among its collections a historic archive of the Macculloch-Miller family, founders and occupants of Macculloch Hall from 1810 through the 1940s. Among the family papers is a trove of letters from George (1775-1858) and Louisa Macculloch (1785-1863), pictured here, to their son, Francis (1801-1859). In the spirit […]

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17
Dec

A Thomas Nast Christmas Image

The Same Old Story Over Again Thomas Nast (1840-1902), often called “the father of American political cartoons,” is equally famous for his depictions of Santa Claus and Christmas regularly published during the second half of the nineteenth century. Nast is credited with popularizing the image of a distinctly American Santa Claus in the United States. […]

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