Morristown Museum Will Showcase Century-Old Santa Claus Images

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum Christmas exhibit 2010, courtesy of Stan Freeny

MORRISTOWN — Here Comes Santa Claus!, a new exhibit at Macculloch Hall Historical Museum in Morristown, will help New Jersey residents get into the holiday spirit.

The exhibit features about 30 images of Santa Claus from the second half of the 19th century through the early 20th century. Antique German figural candy containers, rare and exceptional Santa Claus and Belsnickel figures, early Christmas feather trees and ornaments are some of the objects on exhibit. The decorations are complemented by about 15 of the museum’s Christmas images by the nineteenth century political cartoonist Thomas Nast.

Here Comes Santa Claus! will open on Saturday, Dec. 3. 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 exhibits, decorations and shop in the store during normal touring hours throughout the remainder of January.

This exhibit was created through object loans from Joe and Sharon Happle of Sign of the Tymes Antiques of Lafayette, Lauren V. Rethwisch of Wooly Sheep Antiques in Robbinsville, and Barbara Silverstein, a local collector and member of the museum.

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