MORRISTOWN — Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, along with ten historic sites throughout Morris County, is inviting the public to “Be Our Guest” in celebration of National Tourism Week. Participating institutions will open their doors and waive their usual admission fees from noon until 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 20.
Tours through Macculloch Hall will include visits to period rooms with fine furnishings as well as the current exhibits. In the main gallery the “Gone for a Soldier” Jerseymen in the Civil War exhibit is on display. This exhibit, presented by Macculloch Hall Historical Museum in collaboration with the New Jersey Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee brings together for the first time nearly 200 objects from the Civil War from over 30 museums, historical societies, and private collections.
In the second floor Thomas Nast gallery the Museum presents more than 15 examples of original images from the second half of the 19th century with the exhibit The Original Thomas Nast. A generous loan by a Nast descendant of original artwork has allowed the Museum to showcase a variety of Nast’s works—from an original oil painting to a copper engraving plate. These rarely viewed paintings and drawings represent a significant departure from traditional perspectives on Nast, and display a previously unknown and unrecognized aspect of Thomas Nast’s talent that has generally not been recognized or seen by the general public.
In the latest exhibit to open the Museum presents a different side of the Civil War in The Other Side of War: The Civil War on the Home Front. Life on the home front was not easy for loved ones whom the soldiers left behind. Women played an important role in the Union war effort: starting the U.S. Sanitary Commission, serving as nurses, gathering goods and raising money for the soldiers all contributed to the Union victory. The stories of the men and women who battled through the war on both fronts—the battlefield and at home—are heroic and moving and are shared in this new exhibit.
Visitors to Macculloch Hall will also have the opportunity to enjoy the colorful and elegant gardens. The gardens were restored in the 1950s by the Garden Club of Morristown and are planted for seasonal bloom. In spring, daffodils and tulips are followed by the magnificent wisteria on the back porch.
At the heart of Morristown’s National Historic District, Macculloch Hall Historical Museum preserves the history of the Macculloch-Miller families and the Morris area community, and the legacy of its founder, W. Parsons Todd through its historic site, collections, exhibits, educational and cultural programs.
The Museum is open for tours to the general public Wednesdays, Thursdays & Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. Regular admission is Adults $8; Seniors & Students $6; Children 6 – 12 $4. Members and children under 5 are free. For information, call the Museum weekdays at 1-973-538-2404 or visit www.maccullochhall.org.