Not every town is fortunate to have a national park site in their own backyard but Morristown is. Today, during National Park Week, MHHM recognizes the work of superintendents, park rangers, and other National Park Service staff around the country. We especially honor the work of our colleagues at Morristown National Historical Park, the country’s first national historical park, on this day, Friendship Friday.
Did you know…
Lloyd W. Smith (1870-1955) and W. Parsons Todd (1877-1976) were from the same generation of collectors whose collections became the core resource for important public institutions in New Jersey.
Lloyd W. Smith’s collection of 12,000 printed works and 300,000 manuscripts is the cornerstone of Morristown National Historical Park’s archive. W. Parsons Todd’s vision and collections of American and European fine and decorative arts, presidential material, and the work of political cartoonist Thomas Nast (1840-1902) established Macculloch Hall Historical Museum.
Both preserved the past so it could be enjoyed by the public for years to come!
Topic: Celebrating Holidays
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