Schoolroom Gallery:

Antique Carpets Through the Eyes of W. Parsons Todd 

This exhibition features 17 carpets, rarely on display, from the Museum’s collection, with a selection of books and photographs that informed serious collectors during the first half of the twentieth century. W. Parsons Todd (1877-1976), founder of Macculloch Hall, was an esteemed carpet collector who had an eye for fine rugs. Todd was an early member and served as an officer of the Hajji Baba Club, a group of collectors and scholars dedicated to the study of fine textiles. During the course of his collecting, Todd amassed a library of fine books including, Oriental Carpets, a portfolio of photographs published in 1891 by the Imperial Royal Austrian Commercial Museum, Vienna, Austria, dedicated to antique carpet connoisseurship. Beautiful in their own right, these books and photographs are invaluable for the information they offer into patterns of collecting early in the twentieth century. This exhibition will be on view through April 10, 2016.

Programming for Antique Carpets Through the Eyes of W. Parsons Todd includes:

What Mr. Todd Collected with Dr. Patricia Pongracz, Executive Director MHHM, on January 24 at 2:00 pm

Curator’s Choice: A Tour of the Exhibition with Ryan Hyman, F.M. Kirby Curator of Collections, on February 21 at 2:00 pm

Art Underfoot; A Children’s Tour of Antique Carpets with Cynthia Winslow, MHHM Museum Educator, on March 13 at 2:00 and March 23 from 10:00-12:00.

Additional lectures will be announced at a later date.

Antique Carpets Through the Eyes of W. Parsons Todd is made possible, in part, by the generous support of J&S Designer Flooring, Morristown, NJ.

Nast Gallery:

The Civil War through the Eyes of Thomas Nast 

Before radio, TV, or the internet, there were the images Thomas Nast (1840-1902).  Nast illustrated battles, Union and Confederate troop movements, and their activities throughout the Civil War. He also captured the poignancy of those back home, who worried about family members in combat. Nast’s illustrations were the primary source of information about the war for many people. Published in magazines like Harper’s Weekly, his work brought what was happening on the front into the homes of the American public, much the way mass media does today. Mounted to commemorate the final year of the Civil War Sesquicentennial (2011-2015), this exhibition will be on view through December 23, 2015.

Upstairs Gallery:

Visions of Santa Claus: Iconic Christmas Illustrations by Thomas Nast

Come see the original Merry Old Santa Claus!  MHHM’s annual display features images of Santa Claus that the American public has come to know and love together with a selection of late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century ornaments and toys. On view through January 17, 2016.

These exhibitions are supported, in part, by the F.M. Kirby Foundation. Macculloch Hall Historical Museum is a nonprofit educational affiliate of the W. Parsons Todd Foundation and received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the New Jersey Department of State.