This spring Macculloch Hall Historical Museum (MHHM) presents a series of programs related to the current exhibits on display at the museum. Speakers will give presentations on the last Sunday of the month, February through June, at 4:30pm in the main gallery.

Tickets go on sale at 1pm on the day of the program and visitors can visit the museum prior to the program and view the current exhibits, open until 4:30pm, or take a tour of the period rooms, last tour ticket sold at 3pm.

The series begins on Sunday February 22nd when MHHM F.M Kirby Curator of Collections Ryan Hyman presents “The Work of Thomas Nast”. During this presentation on the nineteenth century political cartoonist Thomas Nast (1840-1902), Hyman will highlight Nast’s most popular political cartoons and a few interesting but lesser known images.

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Topics will include Nast’s work on some of America’s most popular icons: Santa Claus, Uncle Sam, the Democratic donkey and the Republican elephant. Hyman will also discuss some of the previously unpublished works, including paintings, rarely seen pencil sketches, pen and ink drawings, many of which are currently on display in the current main gallery exhibition  “Thomas Nast: Unknown Works and American Icons”.

Some of Nast’s political cartoon work about the Civil War, which is currently on display in the “The Civil War will be discussed.  Nast’s battlefront and home front images drawn during the Civil War were powerful tools for bringing the war into people’s homes.

Hyman is responsible for the extensive fine and decorative arts collections at MHHM and has also been the lead staff member for numerous major exhibits, including several on the works of Thomas Nast. He has overseen the more than 4000 Thomas Nast works in the Museum’s collection and continued to research and collect Thomas Nast images for the Museum for the past 14 years.

Tickets for the program go on sale from 1pm on the day of the program, no advance sales, and remain on sale until the presentation begins at 4:30pm. Speaker tickets include admission to the museum exhibits during the afternoon and a guided tour of period rooms, the last tour ticket is sold at 3pm. Speaker tickets will remain on sale until 4:30pm.

The Museum’s collection of “Currier & Ives” prints are on display throughout the museum and the second floor “The Civil War Through the Eyes of Thomas Nast” and “Canals of New Jersey” (opens March 15th) exhibits will remain on view until 4:30pm. The “Thomas Nast: Unknown Works and American Icons” exhibit will close 3:30 – 4pm in preparation for the program. Tickets to hear speakers are Adults $8; Seniors & Students $6; Children 6 – 12 $4. Members and children under 5 are admitted free.

 

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. Adults $8; Seniors & Students $6; Children 6 – 12 $4. Members and children under 5 are free. Please check our website for any holiday closings. Call (973) 538-2404 ext. 10, visit our website maccullochhall.org find us on Facebook. Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, 45 Macculloch Ave., Morristown, NJ 07960. Macculloch Hall Historical Museum received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.  Macculloch Hall Historical Museum is a nonprofit educational affiliate of the W. Parsons Todd Foundation.