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Macculloch Hall Presents: Thomas Nast's Christmas in July

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Macculloch Hall Historical Museum presents a rare summertime look at Thomas Nast’s Santa Claus.  Over thirty holiday images by Thomas Nast will be displayed in the large schoolroom gallery on the first floor of the museum.  The exhibit will feature a variety of Nast’s original artwork including paintings, pen and ink drawings, printer’s proofs and engravings is a rare treat

Generally only displayed during the holiday season, visitors may see some of Nast’s best-known images during touring hours Sunday July 10th through Sunday July 31st.

Santa Claus was inspired by the famous poem A Visit from Saint Nicholas, or ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas, written by Clement Clarke Moore in 1822. Many of Nast’s Christmas drawings, helped bring the poem to life; his drawing of Santa was first published in Harper’s Weekly in 1863 and appeared in the magazine almost every Christmas season for more than thirty years.


The Museum is open for house and exhibit tours Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 1-4 p.m.


Last tickets for tours are sold at 3 p.m.

Admission for house and exhibit tours;

Adults $6; Seniors and Students $5; Members and children under 12 are free.

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum preserves the history of the Macculloch-Miller families, the Morris area community, and the legacy of its founder W. Parsons Todd through its historic site, collections, exhibitions, and educational and cultural programs.  It is located in the heart of Morristown’s National Historical District. 

For more information, call the Museum weekdays at (973) 538-2404, visit our website www.maccullochhall.org or find us on Facebook.  Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, 45 Macculloch Ave, Morristown, NJ 07960. 

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum is a nonprofit educational affiliate of the W. Parsons Todd Foundation. 

The Macculloch Hall Historical Museum received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.


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