MORRISTOWN — Macculloch Hall Historical Museum collaborates with the New Jersey Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee in mounting a major exhibit: “Gone for a Soldier:” Jerseymen in the Civil War,” to run from Sept. 18, 2011 to June 30, 2012.
The exhibit will provide a unique perspective on the Civil War, focusing on New Jersey soldiers and their stories. Working in partnership, the two organizations are using their expertise and connections to private and institutional collections to bring together an unprecedented amount of memorabilia chronicling the experience of New Jersey and her soldiers in the Civil War. Among the objects displayed will be rare Civil War uniforms, weapons, equipment, posters, photographs, drums, and personal items loaned from private collectors, historical societies, and museums in the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond. “Many of these items have never been on public display and certainly never as a comprehensive exhibit of this scale. We expect this will be the largest grouping of New Jersey Civil War material ever brought together,” said Paul Loane, a member of the Sesquicentennial Committee.
Macculloch Hall Historical Museum provides an excellent backdrop to this exclusive showcase of New Jersey Civil War material. The Macculloch-Miller family had strong military, philanthropic and public service ties to New Jersey. Lindley Hoffman Miller, grandson of George and Louisa Macculloch and son of U.S. Senator Jacob Miller, was commissioned in 1863 as a captain in the First Regiment of Arkansas Volunteers of African Descent. His wartime experience is told through his letters home, now held in the museum’s archives.
The exhibit will open to the general public on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011. An exclusive evening preview of the exhibit and an opportunity to meet the experts behind it takes place Sept. 17. Tickets for the preview will be available through advance sale only. The museum will offer lectures, book signings, and public programs to complement and enhance this major exhibit throughout the year. An exhibition catalogue will be available. Look for program announcements and updates on the museum’s website and Facebook page.
Recognized by the New Jersey Senate and General Assembly, you can learn more about the New Jersey Civil War 150 Committee at njcivilwar150.org. 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, exhibits, and educational and cultural programs. It is located in the heart of Morristown’s National Historic District.
The Museum is open for house and exhibit tours Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. The last tickets for admission are sold at 3 p.m. Admission is $6 Adults; $5 Seniors and Students; 12 years and under and museum members are free. School tours, adult/senior tours and rentals may be scheduled by appointment.
For information, call the Museum weekdays at 973-538-2404, visit our website 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.