Time: 7:00 pm
Macculloch Hall Historical Museum presents a Civil War Lecture Series in conjunction with the exhibit “Gone for a Soldier:” Jerseymen in the Civil War
On Wednesday April 25th Macculloch Hall Historical Museum is pleased to welcome speaker John Zinn in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibit “Gone for a Soldier:” Jerseymen in the Civil War. Presented in collaboration with the New Jersey Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee, this new exhibit brings together for the first time about two hundred objects from the Civil War from nearly thirty museums, historical societies, and private collections. Each month through June the Museum is presenting a lecture relating to the exhibit. All lectures start at 7:00pm with tickets available from 6:30pm and are held at the Cincinnati Masonic Lodge No.3, 39 Maple Avenue (one block from the Museum).
Baseball season is upon us and Mr. Zinn joins us to speak about “New Jersey Base ball during the Civil War Era, 1855-1870”. Base ball, as it was written at the time, came to New Jersey in the 1850’s and grew rapidly throughout the Civil War era. This talk describes the game’s early beginnings in New Jersey, prominent teams and players. The impact of the war on the game’s development in New Jersey and how New Jersey soldiers took the new game with them to the front will also be discussed.
John Zinn is an independent historian with special interest in the Civil War era and baseball history. He is the chair of the New Jersey Civil War 150th Anniversary Committee and the chairman of the board of the New Jersey Historical Society. John holds BA and MBA degrees from Rutgers University. He is a Vietnam veteran. John is the author of "The Mutinous Regiment: The Thirty-third New Jersey in the Civil War," which vividly describes the experiences of the soldiers in a regiment born in the midst of the draft riots of 1863. He also wrote "The Major League Pennant Races of 1916: "The Most Maddening Baseball Melee in History," (with Paul Zinn), and is the editor of a forthcoming book on Ebbets Field in Brooklyn (also with Paul Zinn). He has contributed numerous articles to anthologies on New Jersey and the Civil War and 19th century baseball. Mr. Zinn will be available to sell and sign “The Mutinous Regiment" and "New Jersey's Civil War Odyssey" which includes an essay on base ball.
All lectures start at 7pm with tickets available from 6:30pm and are held at the Cincinnati Masonic Lodge No. 3, 39 Maple Avenue (one block from the museum). Tickets for the lectures are Adults $8, Seniors $6, Students (over 12 years) $6. Members of the Museum will receive a $2 discount for these special programs. Memberships can be purchased at the door. Cash or check only please. Ticket holders to the museum exhibit will receive a $2 discount to the lectures with proof of admission; lecture ticket holders may also receive a $2 discount on a museum exhibit visit. See ticket desk for details. On the evenings of the Civil War Lecture Series the Museum will have extended exhibit hours from 1pm - 6:30pm. “Gone for a Soldier” is on display Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday afternoons through July 1st 2012.
The New Jersey Sesquicentennial Committee, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, a volunteer organization working for increased awareness and recognition of New Jersey’s important role in the Civil war, has been recognized by the New Jersey Governor and both houses of the New Jersey legislature. Macculloch Hall Historical Museum preserves the history of the Macculloch-Miller families, the Morris area community, and the legacy of its founder W. Parsons Todd through its historic site, collections, exhibits, and educational and cultural programs. For information, call the Museum weekdays at (973) 538-2404 ext 10, visit our website www.maccullochhall.org or find us on Facebook. Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, 45 Macculloch Ave., Morristown, NJ 07960. Macculloch Hall Historical Museum is a nonprofit educational affiliate of the W. Parsons Todd Foundation.