The Morristown Sewing School Exhibit

Thursday, May 11, 2023 at 11:00 a.m.

Morris County Historical Society
68 Morris Ave
Morristown, NJ 07960

Please call before attending any community events to make sure they aren’t postponed or canceled as a result of the coronavirus. You can find CDC coronavirus information at; AARP has additional resources at

The Morristown Sewing School is a little known and little recorded facet of Morris County history. It was run on a volunteer basis by some of the most prominent women in Morristown throughout the 1880s to teach local young girls, most the daughters of tradesman, practical sewing skills. Despite over 500 students attending between November 1879 and May 1889, there is very little documentation of its existence. What is known comes predominantly from two years of research based on the 45 teacher’s books donated to MCHS in 2018. Fortuitously, the books are a gold mine of information as they list not only the teacher of each class, but also the students with their home streets, some of the subjects taught, and dates classes were held. With the books’ assistance, students and their teachers were traced via the census and other records, providing fascinating insight into 2 very distinct strata of Morristown society.

Many of the 487 identified students lived their entire lives in the Morristown area. If one of the women below is a member of your family tree, we would love to hear from you! MCHS is also eagerly seeking any photographs you may have of your ancestor, particularly in her younger years. Email us at or call us at 973-267-3465.

This event listing provided for the Morristown community events calendar. Community events are not associated with or sponsored by AARP, but may be of interest to you. We want to hear from you if you have an event to share or updates to this event.

Images provided by, Ticketmaster

More from AARP in Morristown

Upcoming AARP Events

View All AARP Events »

Find information about getting a COVID-19 vaccine in your state. CDC information is available at; additional AARP information and resources are at En español, visite

AARP Member Card

Join or Renew Today


  • Immediate access to your member benefits
  • Discounts on travel and everyday savings
  • Subscription to the award-winning AARP The Magazine
  • An ally on the issues that matter most to you in Morristown
  • Free membership for your spouse or partner