Macculloch Hall Historical Museum

Morristown, NJ   |  http://www.maccullochhall.org/

Mission

Established in 1950 by W. Parsons Todd (1877-1976), Macculloch Hall Historical Museum preserves and interprets its historic house and gardens, unparalleled collection of the work of political cartoonist Thomas Nast (1840-1902), fine and decorative arts collections and Macculloch family archives, inspiring visitors to experience everyday American history where it happened. The museum’s unique historic setting, its period rooms and professional galleries excite and educate visitors of all ages, connecting present to past in a dynamic cultural environment. On site, online and through outreach, MHHM serves local, state, national and international communities.

Ruling year info

1958

Principal Officer

Dr. Patricia C. Pongracz

Main address

45 Macculloch Avenue

Morristown, NJ 07960 USA

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EIN

22-1619758

NTEE code info

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

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Our programs

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Growing in the Garden

A year-round hands-on art program for 3 to 5 year olds and their caregivers, this program includes a story, a visit to MHHM’s gardens, and an art project. During inclement weather the program meets in the museum.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

In partnership with Morristown Medical Center, Atlantic Health System, Macculloch Hall Historical Museum is pleased to offer Growing Good Health, a FREE historic garden-based program focusing on:

-gardening
-healthy eating
-exercise
-creative time outdoors
-sustainability
-history
-community

Programs are held onsite in our garden and classroom. Programs are also held offsite in your classroom such as "Honeybees: Alive in the Hive" sharing the wonders of the honeybee and offering activities such as storytelling, building a honeycomb model, trying tools of the Beekeeper, and making a bee book.

The goal of Growing Good Health is to engage the full community with the historic gardens in a sustainable, integrated garden experience through creative learning and volunteer opportunities.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

Youth Summer Garden Program.

Through hands-on gardening, guided interactive learning experiences, tours of the Museum’s exceptional eighteenth-century kitchen, and an art making experience with New Jersey artist and storyteller children will:

-learn how Macculloch Hall grew, prepared and stored fruits and vegetables to sustain the household throughout the year
-learn how to cultivate and care for a kitchen garden
-consider the positive environmental impact of pollinating insects and birds
-examine the nutritional and environmental impact of a local garden
-participate in the creative aspect of tending green space and using inspiration from it to create art
-explore the history of the community while participating in it

This program is made possible by a generous grant from The Astle-Alpaugh Family Foundation.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Elementary:
-A Home Away From Home- 1st grade
-Lessons from the Garden- 2nd-3rd grade
-Through the Keyhole- 2nd-3rd grade

Thomas Nast for Middle & High School:
-Meet the Press: NY Civil War Weekly Newspapers– 5th-11th grade
-Curbing the Copperheads: Nast and the 1864 Election–5th -11th grade
-Portraying Post-War Presidents: Johnson and Grant– 5th– 11th grade

Civil War Lessons for Middle & High School:
-A Call to Arms– 5th-11th grade
-Capturing the Slave Ship Erie–5th-11th grade
-The Blockade Begins– 5th-11th grade

Offsite, Classroom Programs:
-Meeting Mr. Macculloch– 2nd– 4th grade
-Building the Morris Canal– 4th– 5th grade

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Daisy Programs:
-Making Memories
-Louisa's Rose Garden

Brownie Programs:
-Celebrating Community
-Pen, Ink and Paintings

Junior Programs:
-Yes to the Dress
-It's About Time

Cadette Programs:
-Who Speaks For You?

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Tiger Scout Programs:
-Shape Search
-Ready, Set, Float Your Boat

Wolf Scout Programs:
-Great Gardens
-Treasures Assembled

Bear Scout Programs:
-Machines that Move

Webelo Scouts Programs:
-Looking Back, Looking Forward
-Off the Wall

Boy Scout Programs:
- Architecture: Past and Present
-We the People

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Programs include:
-Mr. Macculloch Grows a Farm
-Tigers, Tweed and Thomas Nast

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Programs include:
-Storytime at 2
-Daffodil Bulb Party
- Tea for Two

Population(s) Served
Families

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum welcomes group tours Sunday-Thursday. Come enjoy our period rooms, changing exhibition galleries and two-acre historic garden. Group tours are scheduled by appointment: (973) 538-2404, ext. 11.

Population(s) Served
Adults

July 11-August 29
Join us every Thursday before opening to the public for a 10-minute mini-program exploring a significant object from the museum's extraordinary collection or the life of an intriguing person who lived at, worked at, or visited Macculloch Hall. Learn about art, history, preservation, conservation, and more from the curators, archivists, and other museum specialists who preserve and interpret MHHM's history. FREE.

Population(s) Served
Families

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Goals & Strategy

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Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

MHHM's goals are to preserve, interpret and engage children and adults with history, culture and art. Through preservation and interpretation of its historic site and collections, MHHM immerses contemporary visitors in nineteenth-century American history as it was lived by the Macculloch-Miller family offering a dynamic look into the nineteenth-century household that lived, worked, learned, played, celebrated, loved, suffered loss, built community, and left a legacy here.

MHHM develops exhibitions and educational and public programming interpret its site; fosters membership growth, visitation, and programming through outreach and partnerships with community agencies; implements an integrated digital platform (website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) to reach new audiences; follows a Historic Preservation Plan for care of the building and grounds; employs a systematic Collections Management Plan; and manages its historic garden.

Educational programs for students Pre-K-Grade 11 focus on the history of the house and Macculloch-Miller Family and the collections and gardens established by W. Parsons Todd, and correspond to the NJ Student Learning Standards. MHHM engages children from more than 70 towns in 10 counties with an array of hands-on creative art and learning experiences in the historic mansion, galleries and gardens. Programs bridge the past with our community's future welcoming children, teachers and caregivers into an active learning environment.

A dedicated professional staff, a 15-member volunteer Board of Trustees and group of more than 15 volunteers carry out MHHM's mission and goals. Executive Director Dr. Patricia C. Pongracz, F. M. Kirby Curator of Collections, Ryan Hyman, and part-time Curator of Education and Community Engagement Cynthia Winslow work with contract educators, trustees, interns, and volunteers, whose duties range from overseeing the Museum's historic archives, to guiding visitors though Macculloch Hall's nine period rooms, to updating the collection and library databases.

MHHM's FY18 accomplishments include increased attendance (up 11% over FY17); an increase in the number of children served (up 7% over FY17); continued meaningful community partnerships; continued active community engagement through participation in community events; an increase in grant funds awarded; sustained member support and an increase in Annual Giving; an increase in the number of dedicated children’s exhibitions; a website that reflects the museum's array of programming, depth of collections, and historic site interpretation; coordinated active social media (Instagram, Twitter and Facebook); meaningful preservation of the building; systematic research and cultivation of the historic garden; and fiscally responsible management of the museum with sustained focus on to insure ending the year on budget. MHHM looks forward to continuing to build on this progress listed above; there is continued room for growth in programming, outreach, engagement, and income stream development.

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Macculloch Hall Historical Museum

Board of directors
as of 2/6/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

James Clark

Kevin Brennan

Patricia Grushkin

Alice Cutler

Shelley Brooke

Al Giraldi

Susannah Harris

Peter Hunter

Rachel Mullen

Jane Odenweller

Robert Rose

France Delle Donne

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable