Acorn Hall Exhibits
NOW ON VIEW:
Celebrating Women Artists
of Morris County
This exhibition features a memorial tribute to Morris County artist Lucille Hobbie as well as the work of 20 local women artists in the mediums of photography, painting, ceramics, and sculpture.
Past Exhibits with a catalogue available for purchase
*Out of the Closet: An Art Collection Revealed
In exhibit at Acorn Hall, MCHS showed off its extensive collection of prints, painting, drawings, and other artworks, many of which had never been publicly exhibited before. The works represented both local and international artists. Click here to view the on-line exhibit catalog.
* Victorian A to Z
Just why so many people interested in the often vaguely defined time period known as the Victorian era (1837-1901)? Using an encyclopedic format, this exhibit explored what makes something Victorian, and provided an insight into nineteenth century life. In the nineteenth century, the Industrial Revolution made the manufacture of all kinds of goods easier and more affordable. This gave rise to a new kind of middle class, one which could afford all kinds of useful or even purely decorative objects. In most cases, those two qualities overlapped, producing the most ornamental types of otherwise mundane objects. Additionally, countless writers published books advising readers on proper dress and home decoration. Armed with this knowledge, people could easily acquire objects through department stores and catalogs — and they did.
* Forging the Future: Morris County's Iron Industry
Its hard to imagine amidst today's suburban homes, office buildings and shopping centers, but nineteenth century Morris County was a major supplier of the iron that fueled America's Industrial Revolution. This exhibit explored why Morris County actually ranked third in iron production in the United States. The iron age of Morris began in the 1700s. Iron mines operated around Boonton, Rockaway and Dover. Many of the earliest immigrants to the area were brought over from England to operate the mines. Robert Oram, who came to manage the Swedes' mines in Dover went on to create the village of Port Oram (now known as Wharton), an iron mine factory town. Subsequent generations of immigrants kept not only the mines in operation, but populated the area and became active citizens contributing to the community. Although they are gone from view, the iron mines not only supplied the country with an important resource, they helped create Morris County. Forging the Future was a comprehensive look at the iron industry in Morris and the people who worked in it.
* The Conflict, the County and the Citizens: Morris County During the Civil War
This exhibit examined Morris County during the Civil War. Letters, photographs and diaries of Morris County residents who participated in the war provided insight into the lives of the men who fought one of the bloodiest wars in American history. The exhibit also explored the homefront, how citizens supported the war effort and the roles that women played in the war.
* Many Lands, One County: Immigration to Morris County
From its early days as a colony, the inhabitants of New Jersey have been among the most dissimilar populations of the country. Many Lands, One County demonstrated why immigrants of many backgrounds have come to this region of the country and why many have settled permanently in Morris County, New Jersey. The exhibit followed the path of a timeline from the colonial era to the present. Along the timeline the entrance of various nationalities and their impact on the area were discussed in further detail.
Photographs, oral histories and artifacts were on display.