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ABOUT US

Our Mission

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

ICONIC CULTURE:

From Little Black Dress to Bell Bottoms

From the timeless designs of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel to the trend-setting bell bottoms of Sonny and Cher, Iconic Culture explores more than 50 years of cultural history through a retrospective featuring nearly 125 pieces from MCHS’s textile collection. Tours will illustrate how changes in clothing styles mirrored the social climate of the time and the seminal moments that defined the decade.

UP IN SMOKE:

Northern NJ's Worst Man Made Disasters, 1910-1989

Join Morris County Historical Society as we feature some of the worst man-made disasters northern NJ has ever witnessed, including catastrophic explosions to national legislation-changing fires. Up In Smoke includes events still considered the worst in US history, as well as others that spurred significant and sweeping changes in workplace and first responder safety. Since first responders don’t stop at county lines, Up In Smoke highlights six disasters from Morris County and seven from contiguous counties.

Through this exhibit, which opened during Fire Prevention Week, 2019, MCHS honors our first responders who continue to keep us safe and answer the call each and every day.

CUT FROM DIFFERENT CLOTH:

The Art of Women’s Handwork, 1865-1925

May 10 -July 31, 2020

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.

Plan Your Visit

68 Lafayette Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960

Hours

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

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SUPPORT

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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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Become a Volunteer

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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Become a Member

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

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Grow, Deepen, and Diversify.

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