Information & Pricing

Presentations are available to historical organizations, civic groups, and schools. Each program is approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour in length and can be modified within reason for groups upon request.

Programs are presented by Morris County Historical Society staff, museum professionals with extensive public speaking experience. The fee for each program is $75 for Morris County libraries and non-profit organizations, $125 for all other organizations. Outside Morris County, additional mileage fees may apply. Scheduling is based on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For more information, please contact the MCHS at 973-267-3465 or

Acorn Hall & the Morris County Historical Society

acorn-hall-mchs-sliderAcorn Hall is one of the best preserved Victorian homes in New Jersey, possibly the country. Filled with original fabrics, furnishings, and decorative arts, Acorn Hall represents a true representation of middle-class Victorian lifestyle and culture in northern New Jersey. This presentation provides an overview of Acorn Hall’s history, significance, famous family ties, and evolution from home to house museum under the stewardship of the Morris County Historical Society.

Millionaires, Mansions & Maids

Morristown’s Gilded Age

Glynallen MansionsHome to barons of the Industrial Revolution, more millionaires called Morristown home than anywhere else in the country. These men of tremendous means left their mark on the local landscape in the shape of mansions – grand, foreboding, opulent, outfitted with the latest technology of their time, and lavish beyond anything ever seen in the region. This presentation provides an insight into the men, their mansions, the society they created, and the classes of men and women that kept them comfortable.

Women’s Suffrage in Morris County

Alison with SignTrace the Women’s Suffrage movement in New Jersey from its early roots in tax evasion to the Silent Sentinels of 1917. Included in this lecture are local men and women who fought for women’s rights at the state level, as well as national icons such as Alice Paul and Woodrow Wilson.

Image courtesy of the Library of Congress

Fine, Fancy, and Fashionable: 125 Years of Dressing the Bride

wedding_0007_background-copy-13Born from an MCHS exhibit in 2016, this lecture includes wedding dresses, marital customs, and personal stories from the Victorian Era through the late 20th century. Learn about the origins of beloved wedding traditions and explore the beautiful handiwork of gowns from a variety of eras and in a variety of styles.

Bottoms Up!: How Taverns Revolutionized Morris County

Black Horse 2 Taverns were a part of Morris County’s history from the very beginning, when they served as meeting places and rest stops along the stagecoach line from Pennsylvania to Jersey City. This lecture focuses on the role taverns played during the American Revolution, when George Washington stayed in Morris County in 1777 and 1779-1780. Also included are the early hotels of the 19th century and the rise of the hospitality sector during the Gilded Age.

Bottoms Up!: Cocktails, Cider, and Civil Rights

Beginning with Prohibition in 1920, this lecture encompasses the history of taverns, baMine Hill Tavern Early 1900srs, and hotels in the 20th century. Learn about the secret speakeasies of Florham Park and Mendham, the rise of Mount Freedom’s kosher hotels, and the creation of LGBT and African-American bars in Morris County.