Presidential Collection

Macculloch Hall’s Presidential Collection includes silver, porcelain, letters, images, documents, and a Thanksgiving proclamation.

In 1789, with the approval of Congress, George Washington proclaimed the first official Thanksgiving observance to be held on Thursday, November 26. This typeset broadside is one of five known existing copies in the United States. The original, written in longhand by William Jackson, Secretary to the President and signed by George Washington, resides at the Library of Congress.

Museum founder W. Parsons Todd also collected letters from some of the country’s founding fathers and objects belonging to United States Presidents. Silver which belonged to Dolley and James Madison, along with White House porcelain from the Presidencies of Theodore Roosevelt, Ulysses S. Grant, Benjamin Harrison, Franklin Pierce, Rutherford B. Hayes, and Abraham Lincoln are represented in the Museum’s collection.