George Macculloch Miller, Macculloch Hall Fine Arts Collection

Home for Christmas? Macculloch Hall Historical Museum counts among its collections a historic archive of the Macculloch-Miller family, founders and occupants of Macculloch Hall from 1810 through the 1940s. Among the family papers is a trove of letters from George (1775-1858) and Louisa Macculloch (1785-1863), pictured here, to their son, Francis (1801-1859). In the spirit…

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The Same Old Christmas Story, Thomas Nast

The Same Old Story Over Again Thomas Nast (1840-1902), often called “the father of American political cartoons,” is equally famous for his depictions of Santa Claus and Christmas regularly published during the second half of the nineteenth century. Nast is credited with popularizing the image of a distinctly American Santa Claus in the United States.…

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Until W. Parsons Todd (1877-1976) purchased Macculloch Hall in 1949 to preserve it as a museum, the house had been home to five generations of Macculloch descendants. George (1775-1858) and Louisa Macculloch (1785-1863) had two children. Their daughter, Mary Louisa (1804-1888) and son-in-law, Senator Jacob Miller (1800-1862), had nine children, who lived at Macculloch Hall…

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