What Do You Collect?

What Do You Collect?—Cartoons and Comics

MHHM is recognized as having the largest collection of original Thomas Nast (1840-1902) artwork in the world. Thomas Nast, a 19th century artist and illustrator, is considered to be the father of the modern political cartoon. Due to the efforts of museum founder, W. Parsons Todd (1877-1976), historians and scholars can study this collection for research purposes and the public can view original Nast artwork on exhibit.

Mr. Todd and Thomas Nast’s son Cyril became friends when they were teenagers. During the 1950s and 1960s, W. Parsons Todd purchased Nast artwork from Cyril Nast, including proofs, sketches, and original pages from Harper’s Weekly. Thank you, Mr. Todd for helping to collect and preserve the past for the future!

Join us today at noon for Story Time: Guess & Go on our Facebook page. See some of the artwork in the Thomas Nast collection and hear stories about collecting. Kids are invited to email a picture of their collections, to be shared during Storytime: Guess & Go this fall as Macculloch Hall Historical Museum explores What Do Kids Collect?


Take a look at the some of the pieces at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, California, which has over 7,000 original pieces in their permanent collection and explore the museum’s resource page for more information. 

Bob Bretall made it into the Guiness Book of World Records in 2015 with the world’s largest collection of comic books, which he started to collect when he was 8 years old.

Learn more about comic book collecting.

What do You Collect?—Dolls and Stuffed Animals

Do you remember your first stuffed animal or doll? Do you remember who gave it to you or how you got it? That may have been the beginning of your collection.

Join us for Storytime: Guess & Go Story on MHHM’s Facebook page at noon today. Listen to stories about stuffed animals and dolls and see the dolls on exhibit in the Children’s bedroom, part of the W. Parsons Todd collection.


Listen to Barbara Whiteman, founder of the Philadelphia Doll Museum established in 1988, discuss important pieces from her collection of over 300 dolls, which she personally collected for over twenty years.

Read about Miss Columbia, a traveling doll that toured the world from 1900 to 1902 to raise money for charities. Miss Columbia belonged to doll collector Elizabeth Richards Horton, whose collection is now part of the Wenham Museum in Wenham, Massachusetts.

See the list of the top 10 Toy Museums in the world.

What do You Collect?—Rocks

Do you collect rocks, minerals, or crystals? If you do, you probably know that today, September 16th, is Collect Rocks Day! Whether it is a pebble from the beach or a shiny rock from a nature hike, rocks are appealing to both young and old. Email us a picture of your collection at cwinslow@maccullochhall.org and tell us about your favorite rock or mineral.

Join us today for Storytime: Guess and Go at noon on the Museum’s Facebook page to learn more about MHHM founder, W. Parsons Todd, and to hear stories about stones and rocks that help us see what is so special about rocks.


David Friend started to collect rocks as a child when he found mica and quartz crystals near his home in New York state. He went on to become a successful engineer and helped to establish a gallery of magnificent minerals and gems in 2016. Enjoy a 5-minute virtual tour of the David Friend Hall at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History.

What do You Collect?—Music

Are you a collector of music? Do you collect musical instruments, CDs or vinyl records, or download your favorite songs on your smartphone or other device? Do you enjoy attending live concerts to see and hear the music played? Maybe you’ve saved your tickets or bought a t-shirt from a live show. If so, this could be the start of a great music collection.

Visit MHHM’s Facebook page today at noon to see some of the musical instruments from the W. Parsons Todd collection and hear stories about the love of playing and listening to music!


Listen to the sounds of ten musical instruments from around the world in The Art of Music: A New Narrative for Musical Instruments at The Met, an online gallery at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Met’s collection includes five thousand instruments from six continents!

There are so many music museums in the United States. Take a look at the list of twenty not-to-miss museums.

What Do You Collect?

Starting today, and continuing every Wednesday through November at noon on Facebook Live, Storytime: Guess and Go will focus on collection connections. Listen to stories about people’s collections and learn how W. Parsons Todd and his collection became a museum.

It is hard to imagine a world without museums. So many museums exist today because people like to collect things from nature or made by people. Things, the objects in museums, are all part of what makes museums exciting, unique places to visit. So dust off your collection, take a great picture, and email it to Cynthia Winslow, Curator of Education and Community Engagement, at cwinslow@maccullochhall.org to share today at noon during Storytime: Guess and Go.

If you are not a collector already, after hearing these stories you may even start a collection of your own. In today’s Storytime: Guess and Go, we will see a special object from W. Parsons Todd’s collection and learn how he became a collector.


Visit lucicreative.com to learn how children can create an exhibit of their own.

There are many unique museums in the world. Visit this child-friendly webpage to learn about five unusual museums.