Summer Concert Series
Sundays in July at 4pm
Please join us Sundays in July for our always popular summer concert series in the Museum’s historic garden. Please bring your lawn chairs or blankets. Tickets are $15, $10 for Museum Members, seniors and students. Children under 12 are admitted free. The Museum is open 1-4pm. A $5 Museum admission may be purchased by those who buy a ticket for the concert. In case of inclement weather, the performance will be moved indoors. Announcement will be made on the Museum’s voice mail and Facebook page that afternoon.
July 5 – The Lonely Heartstring Band - New Acoustic inspired by traditional Bluegrass
July 12 – Hub Hollow – Acoustic/Americana/Bluegrass
July 19 – Gary Reed – 21st Century Songs with roots in the 1960’s and ’70’s
July 26 – Josh Oliver – Folk/Americana
Generous support for the Summer Concert Series provided by Turpin Realtors
2015 Spring Speaker Series
On the last Sunday of the month, Macculloch Hall Historical Museum presents a series of speakers relating to the current exhibits on display. Programs begin at 4:30 pm.
Sunday, February 22: “The Work of Thomas Nast” Ryan Hyman
Sunday, March 29: “Writing & Fighting the Civil War – Soldier Letters to the New York Sunday Mercury 1861-1865″ Bill Styple
Sunday, April 26: “The Morris Canal & the Morris Canal Greenway” Joe Macasek
Sunday, May 31: “Nast the Homebody” Nancy and Ken Miller
Sunday, June 28: “Currier & Ives: More than a Christmas Card” Steve Miller
Speaker tickets for sale on program days beginning at 1:00 pm, no advance sales, and include admission to museum exhibits during the afternoon and a guided tour of period rooms. Adults $8, Seniors & Students $6, Children 6-12 $4. Members and children under 5 are admitted free. Last tour ticket is sold at 3:00 pm, speaker tickets will remain on sale until 4:30 pm.
“Nast the Homebody” is the title of the May 31st presentation by Ken and Nancy Miller, who will give a peek into the home of Thomas Nast, located across the street from the Museum. Political cartoonist and Morristown resident from 1872 – 1902, Nast loved his home of 30 years and filled it with beautiful objects of the Victorian era. A large collection of photographs that are part of the collection at MHHM show what the house looked like when Nast purchased it, how he changed it and moments from the family life that occurred there. Ken and Nancy Miller, current owners/caretakers of the house, will talk about Nast’s home and life there using pictures from his time and today, the changes that have occurred to the house since it was sold by Sarah Nast in 1908 and the challenges of restoring and caring for an old house that is a National Historic Landmark. Visitors can view some of the features discussed in the program in the exhibit “Thomas Nast: Unknown Works and American Icons” immediately prior to or following the presentation. This gallery closes 3:30 – 4 pm for program set up.
The final presentation in the series on June 28th, “Currier & Ives: More Than A Christmas Card,” is presented by Steve Miller. The 19th century lithography firms of N. Currier and Currier & Ives produced images of America that remain as popular today as when they were made. Creatively marketing to a new consumer group – the middle class created by the burgeoning Industrial Revolution – Nathanial Currier and James Merritt Ives brilliantly tapped into an enthusiastic desire for affordable art for a myriad of applications. Steve will present an illustrated history of the sequential firms showing the wide range of pictures they produced that go beyond their well-known winter scenes. Visitors who arrive prior to the program can view the MHHM’s collection of seven of these prints on display throughout the second floor of the Museum. Steve is the Executive Director of Boscobel Restoration, Inc., Garrison, NY and past Executive Director of the Morris Museum in Morristown, NJ. He works as a museum consultant, writer, educator and worked on the Currier & Ives Print Collection Project at the Museum of the City of New York.
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