International Museum Day

Museums in the Community

On International Museum Day we celebrate the opportunity Macculloch Hall Historical Museum has to share the lives of ordinary people who helped to accomplish extraordinary things!

In 1950, Museum founder and former Morristown mayor W. Parsons Todd (1877-1976) incorporated Macculloch Hall Historical Museum (MHHM) as a nonprofit museum. His vision for a historic house and garden in the center of his beloved Morristown saved a piece of New Jersey’s past and set the stage for a place of learning and growing in the future. At the Museum, we recognize how the actions of individuals can positively impact the community we live in.

Portraits of George and Louisa Macculloch

George Macculloch (1775-1858) and Louisa Macculloch (1785-1863) each found ways to improve the lives of others through education and charitable works in their adopted country.

Captain Lindley Miller (1834-1864) served in the Civil War where he requested and received a commission to train and lead former slaves in the First Arkansas Colored Regiment. In January, 1864, he used his talent to write a marching song to inspire his men during the War.

Through the wit and words of Alice Duer Miller (1874-1942), women’s suffrage found another able champion to help promote the rights of women in the United States.

MHHM, as a historic house and garden, partners with a community of over twenty service organizations, honoring the 200-year history of community connection started by the Macculloch-Miller family. Our partners are The Allegro School, Assumption School, Child and Family Resources of Morris County, Children on the Green, Cornerstone Family Programs & Morristown Neighborhood House, F.M. Kirby Children’s Center of the Madison Area YMCA, Garden Club of Morristown, Garden State Garden Consortium, Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey, Good Grief, Greater Morristown YMCA Blake Center, Head State Community Program Morris County, Inc., Morris County Tourism Bureau, Morristown Morris Township Library, Morristown Partnership, National Institute for People with Disabilities of NJ, New Life Dream Academy, Nourish NJ (Church of the Redeemer), Patriots Path Council—Boy Scouts of America, P.R.I.D.E., St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (Bilingual Vacation Bible School program), Shalom Yeladim Nursery School—The Judie Gerstein Early Learning Center, ShopRite of Greater Morristown, and The Salvation Army Morristown Corps (Child Care Center and Summer Camp Program). 

Resources

Listen to the marching song of first Arkansas regiment sung by Tennessee Ernie Ford and Pete Seeger

Read the work of Alice Duer Miller.