Summer is on its way!  This month we finish up our spring speaker series, highlighting topics from our “Controversies” exhibit and celebrating the 350th New Jersey Anniversary and we look forward to summer, with details below on our July Summer Concert Series.
Looking forward to seeing you here at the Museum, please click on the links to get further details on any of the topics below and visit our Facebook page, available through our website for up to date information.

Controversies Exhibit

The Controversies exhibit explores the death penalty and controversial medical experimentation through the local Antoine LeBlanc murder trial and execution in 1833,the right to die movement through the Karen Ann Quinlan case, another local case with national implications, and considers the ways in which various groups of new immigrants have been depicted through Thomas Nast’s political cartoons.  Similar to the Ohio Historical Society exhibit which inspired it, the exhibit features minimal interpretation of objects, but provides substantial additional information in “curator’s books” in the exhibit’s common area to allow viewers to form their own judgments about the issues presented. Please note the subject matter may not be suitable for all audiences.

Controversies Exhibit Speaker Series  Sunday June 1st – 4:30pm Don Jay Smith 

“Thomas Nast: Is the Controversy Justified?” When Thomas Nast died in 1902, the New York Times eulogized him as the “Father of the American Political Cartoon” a title earned no doubt because of his scathing political caricatures of Boss Tweed and New York City’s Democratic political machine at Tammany Hall. As a Morristown resident for many years, Nast qualified for the New Jersey Hall of Fame and was nominated for induction three times. When he appeared on the ballot for the Class of 2012, the New Jersey Chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians protested vigorously because of the way he depicted Irish immigrants. This talk will explore that protest, Nast’s depiction of Irish and other immigrant groups and the historical context for his political cartoons.


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Made in New Jersey: A Celebration of Decorative and Fine Arts 

This exhibit honors the 350th New Jersey Anniversary and showcases the Museum’s collection of New Jersey stoneware, silver, and the work of artists such as Thomas Nast, A.B. Frost and Edward Kranich. Thomas Nast, known as the father of American political cartooning, lived in Morristown, NJ for over thirty years.

There are also over twenty historic postcards featured in the exhibit all of which date from around the turn of the twentieth century. The collection focuses on Morristown sites including churches, historic locations and railroad stations and includes some featured in Bonnie Nadzeika’s book “Greetings From the Past”. Ms. Nadzeika will be the final speaker in the NJ series on June 8th.

350th NJ Anniversary Spring Speaker Series
Sunday June 8th – 4:30pm
Bonnie Nadzeika
Join us for the last in this speaker series.  “Greetings From the Past: A History of Morristown Through Postcard Images” is based on research conducted for the 2012 book “Morristown,” published by Arcadia Publishing as part of its Postcard History series. For the first part of the program Ms. Nadzeika will conduct a “walking tour” of Morristown utilizing images from the 1890s to the 1960s to illustrate how the town appeared at different points in time. During the second part of the program she will highlight businesses, institutions and homes that made up the landscape of Morristown’s past. Attendees can expect to see some familiar Morristown haunts as well as some unexpected places that “used to be.” Ms. Nadzeika will have copies of her book available to sign after the program. 

NJ Author Book signings

The Museum is celebrating the 350th anniversary of New Jersey with book signings by authors whose work explores aspects of the state’s history. Authors will be available to sign and sell books to museum visitors during touring hours 1pm – 4pm.

We have more signings on the 15th, 22nd and 29th of June.



Juergen Arndt, Elizabeth Guzenski, Charlotte Arndt Betsy Guzenski joins us on June 15th with the book“Washington Township, Morris County”. Ms. Guzenski is an active member of the Washington Township Historical Society, and wrote the book with two other members, Charlotte and Juergen Arndt. “Washington Township” takes the reader through a pictorial tour of the township and showcases the 11 districts of the township according to the E. Robinson map of 1887.


Beth Shaw will bring the book “Images of America: Mount Tabor” on June 22nd. Ms. Shaw will be available to discuss this book that she co-authored with Mount Tabor Historical Society members Michelle LaConto Munn, David Jones, Andy Pillsbury, Carol Pillsbury and Lori Brown. The Society organized a special collection of images for the book as a way of sharing the history of Mount Tabor.”Mount Tabor” is a detailed collection of some of the photographs, maps and brief histories of this nearly 140-year-old community.


On Sunday June 29th Dr. Maxine Lurie, the editor of “New Jersey: A History of the Garden State” which presents a fresh, comprehensive overview of New Jersey’s history from the prehistoric era to the present, will be at the museum to answer questions and sign and sell copies of this new publication.



Thomas Nast Brings Down Boss Tweed 
Can the Law Reach Him

This current second floor gallery exhibit features over twenty examples of the political cartoons Thomas Nast created attacking Boss Tweed and Tammany Hall.
Can the Law Reach Him? The Dwarf and the Giant Thief – Thomas Nast Engraving _ Harper’s Weekly, January 6, 1872
Collection of MHHM

Education programs
Growing in the Garden 
This year-round hands-on art program for 3 – 5 year olds and their caregivers uses natural resources found in the museum garden.  The program meets the first and third Tuesday each month and two session times are available, 10:15 -11 am and 1:15 – 2 pm.


Do you know a Girl Scout Leader?  The Museum has many programs that meet badge requirements.

To participate in the programs girls must be registered Girl Scouts and complete the registration form found at 

To become a registered Girl Scout, please visit and click on the “Join” button.


2014 Summer Adventure Programs  

It’s not too late to sign up for fun summer activities for your child. The Summer Adventure Programs give children an opportunity to explore science, history and the arts in an inspiring historic environment.   There are three different weeks of programs, see the flyer below for details.


Click here for the Summer Adventures Flyer 


Pre-registration is required for all education programs either by phone   

(973) 538-2404 ext 16 with your name and the name(s) and age(s) of children, and contact phone number/email address or email information to   

Cynthia Winslow

Coming up at Macculloch Hall Historical Museum

Summer Concerts in the Garden Series

This July we’ll have music in the garden, Sundays at 4pm. Some of our favorite performers will be back and we’re delighted to welcome two new bands to the line up.  Check out the link to the series flyer and save the dates! Tickets will be available from 1pm on the day of each show, more details in next month’s e blast.


 Click here for the Summer Concerts Flyer 


Generous support for the Summer Concert Series  

provided by Turpin Real Estate

Miller Road, Morristown
Historic District House Tour

Save the date! –  the Historic District House Tour will take place on Sunday, October 19th, 2014 between 11am – 5pm.  




Visitors will have the opportunity to tour eight historic homes, and discover how these homes are enjoyed by current occupants.

Tickets will be priced $40 for advance sales, and $45 for same-day purchase.

Additional information will be available on the Museum website after Memorial Day, tickets will be available in July.


Sponsored by Millea Bros. Auctions+Appraisals

Images courtesy of Stan Freeny

(with the exception of  the guest speakers and authors)
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