Current Exhibitions

Now Showing in Our Schoolroom Gallery

W. Parsons Todd’s Collection of Ceramics and other Elegant Breakables
October 13, 2019-February 9, 2020

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum’s founder W. Parsons Todd (1877-1976) was a discerning collector of porcelain. He collected porcelain made in China, England, France, Germany, Japan, and the Netherlands. Some of the objects he acquired, like the Meissen Birdcage vases dating to 1730, are very rare. He also collected porcelain that celebrated United States Presidential history.

Todd purchased very fine work in porcelain. His collecting was generously augmented by the gifts of rose medallion by Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Fletcher in the 1970s, the Blue and White Chinese Export given by Philip Keeler in the 1990s, and most recently by Blue and White Chinese Export donated by Rev. Canon James Elliott Lindsley. MHHM’s collection not only offers insight into Todd’s tastes, but mirrors larger collections found at other larger museums like the Peabody Essex in Salem, MA, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and galleries in the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. We’re very lucky to have such a collection so close to home.

Now Showing in our Thomas Nast Gallery

All the Creatures Were Stirring, Even the Mouse! Thomas Nast’s Furry Christmas (December 4, 2019-January 12, 2020)

Thomas Nast (1840-1902) illustrated the figure of Santa Claus and Christmas images throughout his career. Nast was inspired by the famous poem A Visit from Saint Nicholas, popularly known as ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas, written by Clement Clarke Moore in 1822. Nast included many elements from Moore’s poem in his illustrations. Through a selection of the artist’s work, this exhibition explores how Nast developed the image of Santa Claus as a jolly, round-bellied, white-bearded, gnome-like figure that immediately captured the imagination of both children and adults throughout the United States when first published and that continue to delight audiences to this day.