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

Thomas Nast Follows Giuseppe Garibaldi (August 4-November 3, 2019)

2020 marks the 160th anniversary of Thomas Nast’s coverage of Giuseppe Garibaldi’s military campaign to bring Sicily under Italian rule. Embedded with Garibaldi’s army of “Redshirts” was 19-year-old Thomas Nast (1840-1902), sent to Italy in 1860 to cover Garibaldi’s exploits.

Working as a reporting artist for The Illustrated London News and the New-York Illustrated News, Nast gained invaluable experience as a battlefield correspondent in Sicily. Applying his formal artistic training from the National Academy of Design, Nast created dynamic illustrations that brought to life Garibaldi’s fight to liberate and unify Sicily and the southern Italian sates.

Nast’s battlefield reporting abroad would serve him well upon his return to the United States. Harper’s Weekly appointed the artist a Civil War reporter in 1861. The sketches Nast created of Garibaldi’s campaign prepared him for the challenge of visually recording Civil War battles. Nast’s successful Civil War coverage ultimately led national acclaim.