Thomas Nast’s ‘Christmas in July’ Exhibit at Macculloch Hall Historical Museum in Morristown

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum presents a rare summertime look at Thomas Nast’s most popular character, Santa Claus. Over 30 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.

This very limited engagement is a rare treat to see some of Nast’s best-known pieces. Generally only displayed during the holiday season, visitors will have the opportunity to see these wonderful images during touring hours starting on Sunday, July 17 and closing on Sunday, July 31.

The pen of the famous political cartoonist Thomas Nast popularized the image of Santa Claus as we know him today. Portrayed as a jolly old elf riding high above the rooftops in his reindeer-drawn sleigh and filling each Christmas stocking “hung by the chimney with care,” 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.

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