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"American Heroes in Bronze: The Artwork of James E. Kelly"- Closing October 31st, 2013

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An exhibit of bronze sculptures is currently on display in the upstairs gallery of Macculloch Hall Historical Museum. “American Heroes in Bronze: The Artwork of James E. Kelly” is co-curated by William B. Styple and the Museum’s Curator of Collections Ryan Hyman. This unique exhibit explores the work of Irish-American sculptor James E. Kelly (1855-1933). In the decades following the American Civil War, over forty Union Generals visited the New York City studio of Kelly, who was highly respected for his artwork’s historical accuracy. While the war heroes sat, the artist conducted in-depth interviews regarding their wartime service, and heard their very personal stories of Fort Sumter, Antietam, Gettysburg, and Appomattox. The work resulting from these personal interviews presents a unique perspective on the famous figures and events from the Civil War. Also included in this exhibition are Kelly’s depictions of notable events from the Revolutionary War and well known civilians such as Thomas Edison and Clara Barton. Bas reliefs, busts, engravings and bronze sculptures depict these heroes. The collection of Kelly’s work is on loan from private collectors and can be viewed during touring hours until October 31st.

On Sunday September 8th 2013 Macculloch Hall Historical Museum welcomes historian and author William B. Styple, for gallery tours of the “American Heroes in Bronze” exhibit. Mr. Styple is a Historian and author and has a deep interest in the work of James E.Kelly. He presented two popular and engaging presentations about the artist in the spring and returns in September to provide visitors with gallery tours of the exhibit. He will be available throughout the afternoon to answer questions and provide background information on the pieces on display. Styple discovered and transcribed Kelly's interviews with Generals Grant, Sherman, Sheridan, Hancock, Warren, Chamberlain and many others. The resulting book, “Generals in Bronze—Interviewing the Commanders of the Civil War” was published in 2005. This is a rare opportunity to discuss Kelley’s work with Mr. Styple, while viewing the works in the exhibition. Mr. Styple will be available during touring hours 1pm – 4pm and will address visitors who visit the exhibit throughout the afternoon beginning at 1pm, the Museum closes at 4pm. Mr. Styple will also have copies of his books available for sale. For more information visit maccullochhall.org

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum preserves the history of the Macculloch-Miller families, the Morris area community, and the legacy of its founder W. Parsons Todd through its historic site, collections, exhibits, and educational and cultural programs. The Museum is open for house and exhibit tours on Wednesdays, Thursdays & Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. The last tour leaves at 3pm. Adults $8; Seniors & Students $6; Children 6 – 12 $4. Members and children under 5 are free. The gardens are open (free of charge) during Museum hours. The Museum and offices are closed Sunday May 26th and Monday May 27th for the Memorial Day weekend. Call (973) 538-2404 ext. 10, visit our website www.maccullochhall.org or find us on Facebook. Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, 45 Macculloch Ave., Morristown, NJ 07960. Macculloch Hall Historical Museum is a nonprofit educational affiliate of the W. Parsons Todd Foundation.

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