Acorn Hall will be decorated for Christmas November 20-December 19.
MCHS offices and Acorn Hall will be closed November 24-25 and December 20-January 1.
For more details on our holiday hours and offerings, click on Calendar under Events & Programs.
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.
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
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
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
MCHS Office: Mon-Fri 8am-4pm
Acorn Hall Museum: Sun 1pm-4pm
Tues., Wed. & Thurs. 11am-4pm
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New & Events
by Sara Weissman, MCHS Volunteer November 29, 2021 For many, the approaching holidays bring the continuing tradition of family silver gracing the dinner table. Even at Acorn Hall, the holidays typically mark the return of Crane-Hone family silver to the dining room. It also allows the opportunity to determine what care may be needed after […]
by Anne Motto, Curator of Collections November 10, 2021 Upon taking ownership following the death of his maternal aunt, Julia Crane Corning, in 1935, Augustus Crane Hone and his wife Alice spearheaded the only significant moderization of Acorn Hall. The Hones added electricity, a whole-home steam heat system, modern first floor kitchen (it had previously […]
by Anne Motto, Curator of Collections November 9, 2021 As the nation plunged headfirst into WWI in April 1917, millions of American men signed up to fight, including over 340 from Morristown. For the next 19 months, a nationwide call went out for those on the homefront to find ways to support the war effort. […]