On Wednesday May 23rd Macculloch Hall Historical Museum is pleased to welcome speaker Bernard Olsen 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.
Mr. Olsen will share a lecture entitled “New Jersey’s Civil War Experience: Letters & Journals of Members of the 13th and 14th Volunteers” — The story of New Jersey’s role in the Civil War through the letters of six soldiers from the 14th Regiment and journal entries from the 13th Regiment on Sherman's March To The Sea.
Bernard A. Olsen has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Monmouth University. He is the author of Upon The Tented Field, about New Jersey’s role in the Civil War told through six soldiers’ letters of the 14th NJ Volunteers, and A Billy Yank Governor: The life and Times of New Jersey’s Franklin Murphy. The latter captures the true story of a young Civil War soldier who later is elected governor of New Jersey. Olsen has also lectured extensively to historical societies, college and university honor societies, libraries, and fraternal organizations. He is retired after teaching history for over thirty years at Marlboro High School in Marlboro, New Jersey. He also taught history courses at Georgian Court University and Brookdale Community College. Mr. Olsen will be available after the lecture to sell and sign “Upon the Tented Field” and “A Billy Yank Governor: The Life & Times of NJ’s Franklin Murphy.” These books contain research that was the inspiration for this lecture.
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.