Archive | American History
10
Jan

Captain Miller and the “Arkansas Volunteers of African Descent”

Which young Morristown Civil War hero carries $10,000 in cash to New Orleans for the Union forces along the Mississippi? It was Lindley Hoffman Miller (1834-1864), grandson of George and Louisa Macculloch, who was bound for duty in command of “colored troops,” organizing to fight in the Civil War. His personal letters home to his […]

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22
Dec

Home for Christmas?

Home for Christmas? Macculloch Hall Historical Museum counts among its collections a historic archive of the Macculloch-Miller family, founders and occupants of Macculloch Hall from 1810 through the 1940s. Among the family papers is a trove of letters from George (1775-1858) and Louisa Macculloch (1785-1863), pictured here, to their son, Francis (1801-1859). In the spirit […]

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17
Dec

A Thomas Nast Christmas Image

The Same Old Story Over Again Thomas Nast (1840-1902), often called “the father of American political cartoons,” is equally famous for his depictions of Santa Claus and Christmas regularly published during the second half of the nineteenth century. Nast is credited with popularizing the image of a distinctly American Santa Claus in the United States. […]

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22
Nov

Thanksgiving at Macculloch Hall

Until W. Parsons Todd (1877-1976) purchased Macculloch Hall in 1949 to preserve it as a museum, the house had been home to five generations of Macculloch descendants. George (1775-1858) and Louisa Macculloch (1785-1863) had two children. Their daughter, Mary Louisa (1804-1888) and son-in-law, Senator Jacob Miller (1800-1862), had nine children, who lived at Macculloch Hall […]

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16
Sep

Mr. Macculloch’s Latin School

With school now in full swing, Macculloch Hall House Museum’s inaugural blog post takes a look at Mr. Macculloch’s Latin School and what school was like in Morristown, N.J., in the 1820s…

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