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A Fine Collection: Treasures from the Vault

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 45 Macculloch Ave Morristown NJ 07960  See map

This spring Macculloch Hall Historical Museum is exhibiting some of its most popular pieces as well as many seldom-seen treasures which have been in storage. Vivid examples of the antique Oriental rug collection are hung in the museum's first floor gallery, complemented by textbook examples of fine porcelain, silver, glass and furniture collected by Museum founder, W. Parsons Todd. This is a special opportunity to see rarely-exhibited treasures from the collection in the gallery and tour the rest of the museum to see many other pieces in period room settings.  Included in the exhibit are over a dozen Oriental rugs from the Museum’s collection. The exhibit also features documents penned by some of our country’s founding heroes including those signed by George Washington, Dolley Madison and others, and fine furniture such as a walnut English armchair, circa 1720, which was the inspiration for the Museum’s logo with the ornate looping back and shell design. 


“A Fine Collection” has a perimeter layout which leaves the center of the room open for a series of speakers and musical programming taking place in conjunction with the exhibit over the next several months.  Programs in conjunction with the exhibit take place with music on the first Sunday at 4:30pm and speakers on the third Sunday of each month through June.


Celebrate the month of Valentine's Day with a choral performance "Love and Peace" by Harmonium Outreach Chorus at 4:30pm on Sunday February 3.   The Harmonium Outreach Chorus is a subset of the 100-voice Harmonium Choral Society, an auditioned chorus with a mission to transform communities through music and including many professional church musicians and music educators among its members’ wide range of vocations. Directed by Dr. Anne Matlack, the performance includes both period works and other songs related to the theme.


On Sunday February 17, at 4:30pm, Museum member and decorative arts collector Ken Miller presents "From Masters to Manufacturers - The Silver industry and Early American Life.”  Mr. Miller will share a brief examination of the early silver industry in the Colonies and newly born United States, focused on the significant changes within this one craft.  It was not just taste and technique that changed during this period, nor was the American political revolution the only upheaval - in fact social and commercial life went through its own revolution during these years and can be witnessed through the stories of early America's silversmiths. 


Tickets for Sunday programs will go on sale from 1pm on the day of the program, no advance sales.  A separate ticket ($12) is required for the musical programs; discounted ($10) for members, Seniors, Students and those who purchased a Museum tour ticket that afternoon.  House tours (regular admission applies) take place throughout the afternoon, the last tour leaves at 3pm. Tickets to hear speakers are Adults $8; Seniors & Students $6; Children 6 – 12 $4. Members and children under 5 are free. Speaker tickets include admission to take part in a house tour if visitors arrive during the afternoon and sign up to tour.  On program days the upstairs galleries will remain open until 4:30pm, the “A Fine Collection” exhibit will close at 3pm in preparation for the program.


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 to tour the house and view exhibits 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. The last tickets for tours are sold at 3 p.m. School tours, adult/senior tours and rentals may be scheduled by appointment. For more information, including holiday closings, visit our website www.maccullochhall.org or find us on Facebook or call (973) 538-2404 ext. 10.   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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