Macculloch Hall opens exhibit on Santas through the years

via Daily Record

A clockwork Santa figure from the 1890s.

Head right down Santa Claus lane to Macculloch Hall Historical Museum this month to view a special Christmas-themed exhibit. Titled “Here Comes Santa Claus,” the exhibit opened on Saturday, December 3rd.

Held in the upstairs gallery of the museum, the exhibit features approximately 30 images of Santa Claus, several of the museum’s holiday-themed Thomas Nast images, as well as candy containers and decorative Santas from 100 years ago.

“We have the largest Thomas Nast collection in the country, and he is best known for his images of Santa Claus,” said Ryan Hyman, curator for the museum.

A renowned 19th-century political cartoonist, Nast lived across the street from Macculloch Hall for about half of his life, Hyman said.

The exhibit was created through object loans from Joe and Sharon Happle of Sign of the Tymes Antiques, Lafayette; Lauren V. Rethwisch of Wooly Sheep Antiques, Robbinsville, and Barbara Silverstein, a local collector and member of the museum.   READ MORE >>>


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