2021 is a landmark year for MCHS, representing both the 75th anniversary of the society’s incorporation and the 50th anniversary of its acquisition of Acorn Hall. In celebration of these milestones, we will be highlighting the many treasures preserved within our collections and archives that stand witness to our vibrant local history. Check back weekly as a new treasure will be revealed every Thursday! (Hover over a square for a preview of what’s to come)

  • The Sycamores, Edward Kranich, c.1850-60
    Edward Kranich (1826-1891), noted NJ landscape artist, painted many scenes around Morristown between 1850 and 1860, including The Sycamores (home of the Bonsall family).
  • James Dixon & Sons of Sheffield Epergne, c.1854
    Designed in 1853, this remarkable piece was recently discovered to contain a January 30, 1854 edition of the Evening Mail, confirming its age.
  • Arnold Tavern Mantle
  • 19th-Century Tantalus
  • Augustus Crane's Ledger, Winter 1867
  • Epstein's Deparment Store Collection
  • Thomas Jefferson Ship License, c.1808
  • McEwan Children's Clothes
  • Tiffany Lamp, c.1909
  • Surveyor's Compass, used by Benjamin Howell of Troy, NJ, 1770-1830
  • Women's Suit, Crane's of Morristown, c.1940
  • Wm. B. Kerr and Company Chatelaine, c.1900
  • Dress, worn by Hannah Thomas, c.1805
  • Kettle, Westervelt Farm in Butler, 17th century
  • "The Sinking of the Titanic, A Sermon," Rev. David A. Craig, Parsippany, c.1912
  • Bodice, House of Worth, c.1880s
  • Cape, Au Regent, Paris, c.1890s
  • Acorn Hall's Front Parlor Carpet, John Crossley & Sons, mid 19th-century
  • Letter from the front, Edmund Halsey, May 12, 1863
  • Crane family items brought to Nantucket by Mary Crane Hone, 1840s-1910s
  • "The Bubblegum Dress," The Swiss Shoppe, Morristown, c.1950s
  • Basketball, Morristown High School, c.1930s
  • Beaver hat, E.V. Connett & Co., given to Rev. Manning Force, 1815
  • Souvenir cup from coronation of Nicholas II of Russia, 1896
  • Scale, Smart Store, Morristown, c.1900
  • Wedding Dress worn by Lucy Fitz Randolph, May 9, 1889
  • Augustus Crane's Antler footstool, 19th century
  • Benjamin Crane's Reader with monster doodles, 1860s
  • Greystone Kitchen lists, 1910-11
  • John Schermerhorn's Passport signed by Washington Irving, 1831
  • Silhouettes of John Hone III and Jane Perry Hone, 1840s-50s
  • Osceola of Florida lithograph from Beverwyck Estate, George Catlin, 1838
  • Louis Kutcher's kepi and springfield rifle, Civil War
  • Chickering Grand Piano, wedding gift to Mary Hone (née Crane), 1872
  • Handel "Birds of Paradise" Lamp
  • Florence Sewing Machine, c.1871