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Morris County Historical Society’s recently completed $1.5 million Exterior Restoration of Acorn Hall illustrates our commitment to the preservation and promotion of Morris County’s rich history. The Society operates Acorn Hall as a historic house museum, produces exhibitions on local history, and provides public programming on Morris County history.

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SHOWCASE

Exhibitions

A Storied Past:

History That Made Morris County

March 29, 2021-February 13, 2022

2021 is a landmark year for MCHS, representing both the 75th anniversary of our incorporation and the 50th anniversary of Mary Crane Hone’s donation of Acorn Hall. To celebrate these milestones, A Storied Past will highlight Morris County’s vibrant history as told through the remarkable objects and images preserved within our collections and archives.

Cut from Different Cloth:

Material Gains in Women's Opportunities:

September 2020-January 2021
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Between 1870 and 1930 a radical shift in women’s employment was spurred by developments in education, industrialization, and new technologies. In continuation of our celebration of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, the second phase of MCHS’s women’s exhibit, Cut from Different Cloth, explores these decades when women first entered the workforce en masse and carved out their own niches in it.

Cut from Different Cloth:

The Art of Women’s Handwork, 1865-1925

May-August 2020
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To honor the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 2020, MCHS presents the exhibition series Cut from Different Cloth exploring various facets of women’s history. The first exhibition, The Art of Women’s Handwork, 1865-1925, delves into the evolution of women’s role as a home-based, family clothier with the advent and availability of the sewing machine. From seamstresses to piece workers, garment maker, and factory workers, occupations open to women during the Industrial Revolution often revolved around the needle, and machine sewing changed both the nature and perception of handwork.

These trailblazing female craftswomen brought both changes in the workforce, and legislation that guided their professions. Tragedies such as the fires at Wolf Muslin Undergarment Factory and Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, as well as the radium poisoning at Radium Luminous Materials Corp., poignantly illustrate how women workers shaped workplace safety in their increasingly modern manufacturing world.

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68 Lafayette Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960

Hours

MCHS Office: Mon-Fri 8am-4pm
Acorn Hall Museum: Sun 1pm-4pm
Tues., Wed. & Thurs. 11am-4pm

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Become an Intern

The Morris County Historical Society hosts a volunteer internship program for high school and college students.

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The programs and activities of the Morris County Historical Society would not be possible without the time and talents of our volunteers.

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Membership to the Society is available in a variety of categories from student memberships to lifetime memberships.

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King Kahn and His Royal Court

by Erin Feith, Research Assistant January 25, 2022 Among the estates dotting the Morris County landscape in the late 19th and early 20th century, “King of New York” Otto Kahn’s Cedar Court in Morristown matched its contemporaries in opulence. Built between 1895 and 1898 by Frick mansion architects, Carrère & Hastings, the 1,100 acre park […]

Transom Windows from Greystone Hospital Chapel

Enduring Legacy: Windows to the Past

by Anne Motto, Curator of Collections January 18, 2022 Windows, both literal and metaphorical, into the history of Morris County’s Greystone Psychiatric Hospital are on display at Acorn Hall. A pair of stained glass windows from the chapel grace the Hall’s family art gallery, and kitchen lists from both the main building and annex are […]

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Heating Acorn Hall, A Tepid History

by Amy Curry, Executive Director January 11, 2022 Suffice it to say, today we don’t give much thought to how our homes are heated and many thermostats can be programmed or controlled remotely. But, a trip to Acorn Hall during the winter months will remind one of earlier days when staying warm was not as […]

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