Museum Plans Civil War Christmas Event

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Macculloch Hall drawing room Christmas tree (Photo courtesy of Stan Freeny)

MORRISTOWN – Macculloch Hall Historical Museum invites to step back in time this holiday season. Decorated for the holidays in traditional style by the Garden Club of Morristown, the museum is planning a Christmas exhibit and a Civil War Christmas event in December.

Visitors will find more than 25 of Thomas Nast’s well-known original Santa and Christmas images throughout the museum’s galleries and period rooms. They will also be able to shop for unique gifts created just for the museum’s expanded holiday shop.

On Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3 and 4, from noon – 5 p.m., Macculloch Hall will hold a Civil War Christmas event. See the decorations, upstairs gallery Christmas exhibit, iconic Thomas Nast Christmas images and enjoy special tours of the period rooms.

The museum’s new exhibit “Gone For A Soldier: Jerseymen in the Civil War” which is being presented in partnership with the New Jersey Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee will be open both afternoons. It brings together about 200 objects from nearly 30 museums, historical societies, and private collections and is a truly unique display of an array of items relating to the role of New Jerseyans in the Civil War.

On Saturday afternoon Bernard Olsen will be signing copies of his books “Upon The Tented Field” and “A Billy Yank Governor: The Life & Times of New Jersey’s Franklin Murphy.” On Sunday afternoon Joe Bilby will be on hand to sign copies of his books “New Jersey Goes to War: 150 Biographies of New Jerseyans of the Civil War Era,” “New Jersey’s Civil War Odyssey: An Anthology of New Jersey Civil War Stories” and “Freedom to All: New Jersey’s African American Civil War Soldiers.”

Beginning Dec. 7, the museum will be open for tours of the home and exhibits and to view the decorations or shop in the store on Wednesday, Thursdays and Sundays 1 to 4 p.m. The last tickets for admission are sold at 3 p.m. The museum closes for the holiday break on Friday, Dec. 23, and reopens for tours on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012. Visitors can see the decorations and shop in the store during normal touring hours throughout the remainder of January.


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