2014 Programs and Events

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 Education Programs – a wide variety of programs are available onsite and offsite for preschool, home school, public and private school students, Girl Scouts (Daisies, Brownies, Juniors), Cub and Boy Scouts. More information…

Please join us on Sunday, December 7th, for our Christmas Program for the entire family:

1-4:30 pm: Enjoy guided tours of the Museum’s period rooms, decorated for the holidays in traditional style by the Garden Club of Morristown, with fresh holly, boxwood, greenery and other live decorations.  View holiday-themed Thomas Nast works while touring the period rooms.  The Drawing Room Christmas Tree will be decked with handcrafted period-styled ornaments.  The exhibit, Another Stocking to Fill: Antique Christmas Toys and Decorations, will premiere with curator led gallery tours.  Christmas Gift Shop will be open.

Children who visit the Museum can transform the ordinary into extraordinary and create their own Christmas stockings reusing and repurposing craft materials for a one-of-a-kind, environmentally friendly stocking to take home.  They can also write and mail a letter to Santa, a tradition of which came from Thomas Nast’s imagination.  Nast  placed Santa’s home and workshop in the North Pole, and he developed the idea of mailing letters to Santa through the U.S. Postal Service.  Regular tour admission

4:30 pm: Harmonium Outreach Chorus performs Christmas and global music for all ages including some audience sing-alongs.  From familiar carols to wassails and rounds, African and Yiddish – something for everyone!   The Harmonium Outreach Chorus is a subset of the 100-voice Harmonium Choral Society.  The performance will be fun for the entire family and an ideal way to kick off the holiday season.

$8 adults, $4 kids (6-12 yrs) Concert-only tickets.   $5 ticket ($4 kids) Visitors who purchased an afternoon museum ticket, members or students

And in our upstairs gallery:

Another Stocking To Fill: Antique Christmas Toys and Decorations

This exhibit features charming toys and ornaments from a century ago.  This is the seventh year this special exhibit has been created through generous object loans from Joe and Sharon Happle of “Sign of the Tymes Antiques” of Lafayette, NJ and local collector Barbara Silverstein.

December 7th, 2014 through January 29th, 2015; closes for the week of December 24th, reopens January 4th, 2015.

In the Schoolroom Gallery:

Thomas Nast: Unknown Works and American Icons

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum displays an important collection of rarely exhibited, virtually unknown works by the man whose art defined many of America’s most popular icons: Santa Claus, Uncle Sam, the Democratic Donkey and the Republican Elephant.  Previously unpublished oil paintings and watercolors, rarely seen pencil sketches, pen and ink drawings, and original architectural elements from the artist’s home will be among the objects presented in this exhibition.

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum holds the largest collection of original works by Thomas Nast, which has expanded through donations and acquisitions since its last major exhibit of Nast material.

Exhibit: The Civil War through the Eyes of Thomas Nast - Before radio, TV or the internet, there was political cartoonist Thomas Nast – illustrating battles, troop movements and both armies’ activities throughout the Civil War. Mounted to commemorate the final year of the Civil War Sesquicentennial (2011-2015), on view during touring hours in the second floor Thomas Nast Gallery through August 23, 2015. More about the exhibit here.  Regular admission applies, members free.


Family Programs

Hands-on activities for families to enjoy together.
“Civil War at Sea: Boats in Battle” – Friday, November 7 10 am – 12 noon or 1-3 pm

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