Thomas Nast and the Art of the Book
February 16-April 30, 2017
Macculloch Hall Historical Museum holds the largest single collection of American political cartoonist Thomas Nast’s original works in the United States. Acquired directly from the artist’s family, the collection includes pencil and ink drawings, sketches, watercolor and oil paintings, preliminary drawings and doodles, and artist and printer proofs. The Museum also holds a Nast Archives containing the artist’s personal correspondence and photographs, including a family photo album. While Nast works are always on display at the Museum, the collection is available for research by appointment.
From Homestead to Historic House: The Architectural History of Macculloch Hall
May 14-August 31, 2017
George Macculloch, a Scotsman born in Bombay, emigrated from London to America with his wife and two children in 1806. Settling in Morristown in 1810, Macculloch built a Federal-style brick mansion on a 26-acre gentleman’s farm. A businessman, scholar, and visionary, Macculloch is best known as the “father” of the Morris Canal, an international engineering marvel. Generations of the Macculloch family influenced education, economics, politics and cultural events of their day.
The “Old House,” as it was known to Macculloch’s descendants, was acquired by Morristown philanthropist W. Parsons Todd in 1949 to house his collections.