The Mahwah Museum and Donald Cooper Model Railroad are now CLOSED for the Summer. We will reopen in September, 2017.
The Old Station Museum and Caboose will be open June 25, 2017- September 2017 Sundays 2-4 pm.
**Please note: We cannot process credit or debit cards inside the museum.***
We are featuring four exhibits for the 2017-2018 season, “Mahwah’s Herstory” and “Medicine in Mahwah”, “Kilmer, The Man” and “The First World War”.
The Mahwah Museum is located at 201 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah, NJ 07430.
Admission to the museum is $5, free for museum members.
The first exhibit, “Mahwah’s Herstory: The Changing Roles of Women in Mahwah’s History”, examines the role of women in Mahwah’s history, starting with its first settler, Blandina Bayard, and continuing through to 1960. It highlights women’s activities, including pioneering and farming, changing roles in the workforce, and women’s accomplishments in the arts, in charitable organizations and in social reforms. During the Summer this exhibit will be updated.
Our second exhibit, “Medicine in Mahwah”, highlights the history of medicine in Mahwah. It examines the growth and development of the medical field with highlights on Mahwah’s practitioners, their methods, and instruments throughout various periods. During the Summer this exhibit will be updated.
Our first new exhibit “Kilmer, The Man” will focus on local Poet Joyce Kilmer. “A patriot and warrior, a poet and lectuered, a husband and a father, a sergeant in WWI.”
Our second new exhibit “The First World War” will document the role of Mahwah and Bergen county in the First World War. ” From Sarajevo to Versailles.”
When the Museum is reopened for the 2017-2018 season we will be featuring, aside from our new exhibits, our permanent exhibits:
Les Paul in Mahwah and The Donald Cooper Model Railroad, which is open weekends ONLY 1-4 pm (CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR THE SUMMER).
The Museum will be open weekends and Wednesdays from 1-4 pm.; admission is $5 for non-members; members and children are free. We are currently closed for the Summer and will reopen in September 2017.
The Donald Cooper Model Railroad
The Museum’s Donald Cooper Railroad is an operating HO-Scale model railroad with many trains traveling between levels and on different routes. Centralized electronic switches allow the operator to control the entire layout from the DCC central control panels. The railroad yard is fully functional allowing operators to make up trains and dispatch them to their own destinations. The four-level high layout has three independent scenic modules that are constantly changing, as well as a trolley, a subway system, logging station, waterfall, roundhouse and turntable. We invite engineers of all ages to come and visit our ever-changing and growing railroad world. The Donald Cooper Model Railroad is open weekends ONLY September-June from 1-4 p.m. For information about joining the train crew, please email email@example.com or call 201-512-0099.
Les Paul in Mahwah
The Mahwah Museum has a small permanent exhibit featuring some Les Paul history which allows visitors to learn the essential facts of Les Paul’s life and career. It has sections on his inventions and innovations, a display of one-of-a-kind precious guitars made especially for Les, and a re-creation of the studio in which Les did his work. Learn how this creative genius transformed rock, country and jazz music. See how he and Mary Ford performed for their weekly radio show from their home in Mahwah.
*** PLEASE NOTE***
The Play a Les Paul guitar at the Mahwah Museum session is NOT available during the Summer. The Mahwah Museum is closed through September and we will begin taking appointments again in September.
The Mahwah Museum receives operating support from the New Jersey Historical Commission in the Department of State.
After over a year of work, the Museum’s archive volunteers have completed processing the John W. Bristow Papers. Archivist Cathy Moran Hajo worked with a team of college students to organize, re-house, and describe one of the Museum’s largest and richest archival collections. A guide to his papers has been posted on the Museum website.
John W. Bristow (1924-2010) was a high school teacher with an abiding interest in history. He moved to Mahwah in 1973 and became involved with the work of the Mahwah Historical Society and the Mahwah Historic Sites Commission. He became Mahwah Town Historian in 1993 and is best-known for his newspaper column “This Month In Mahwah History” which ran in the Home and Store News from 1985-1992.
The Bristow Papers was a large and unorganized collection when it arrived at the Museum. After separating materials like newspaper clippings, Mahwah Historical Society and Mahwah Historical Sites Commission records, and duplicates, the collection still spans 24 boxes! Among its highlights are John Bristow’s many presentations on local history, a rich collection of photographs and the photographic slides that accompanied his lectures, and ephemera he gathered while conducting research.
We could not have completed this major reorganization without the help of a dedicated team of students who volunteered on Saturday mornings. We want to thank Kevin Cosenza, Jeffrey Fischer, Meg Hajo, Matthew Hazell, Lee Herman, Nicholas Incorvaia, Cristina Macari, and Jennifer Zgola for all their efforts to make this collection available to researchers. I would also like to thank Ruth Bristow Portela, John Bristow’s daughter, for sharing photographs and biographical information that we used to write up the guide to his papers.
To view the papers, please arrange an appointment by either calling the Museum or e-mailing the archives directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are now accepting credit cards though Paypal. Should you wish to join us by mail, please send your check and vital information to Mahwah Museum, 201 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah, NJ 07430. Please make checks payable to Mahwah Museum. We thank you for your participation.
An Individual Member gets a membership card which entitles the Member to free admission to the Museum; free admission to all of our lectures and gallery talks; invitations to member events; free subscription to the newsletter ; and voting privileges at the annual meeting. Dues are $15 per year per person. Enjoy our most economical membership for individuals under 62 years of age.
Individual Membership – $15
A Family Membership gets a membership card which entitles the all members of an immediate family (parents, plus children under the age of 18) to free admission to the Museum; free admission to all of our lectures and gallery talks; invitations to member events; free subscription to the newsletter; and voting privileges at the annual meeting. Voting privileges are extended to both adults.
Museum Family Membership – $25
Sponsorships are an important way in which individuals can provide much needed support to the Museum. Individual Sponsors get a membership card which entitles members of the Sponsor’s immediate family (parents, including children under the age of 18) to free admission to the Museum; free admission to all of our lectures; invitations to member events; free subscription to the newsletter; and voting privileges at the annual meeting. In addition voting privileges are extended to a second adult. The Sponsor is recognized in the Museum, on Museum literature, and on our web site. The following are levels of sponsorship:
Mahwah Museum Sponsor $100 – $249
Museum Supporter ($250 – $499)
The Supporter level is available to both individuals and businesses. The Supporter level is an important way in which individuals or businesses can provide much-needed support to the Museum. Supporters get a membership card which entitles members of the Supporter’s immediate family (including spouse, and children under the age of 18) to free admission to the Museum; free admission to all of our lectures; invitations to member events; free subscription to the newsletter; and voting privileges at the annual meeting. In addition, voting privileges are extended to both adults. The Supporter is recognized in the Museum, on Museum literature, and on our website.
Supporters will receive a signed copy of Images of America: Mahwah by Carol W. Greene.
Mahwah Museum Supporter – $250-$499
Museum Patron ($500 – $999)
Our Patrons are those who give $500 – $999 in cash, or in goods and services, during a year. Patrons get free admission to the Museum; free admission to lectures and gallery talks; a free subscription to the newsletter; invitations to Museum events; voting privileges at the annual meeting; and recognition as a Patron in the Museum, on Museum literature, and on the Museum’s website and a link to the member’s website.
Patrons will receive one signed copy of The Ramapough Chronicles by Carol W. Greene. Click here to become a Patron.
Mahwah Museum Patron – $500 – $999
Museum Benefactor ($1000+)
Our Benefactors are those individuals or businesses who pay dues of $1,000+ in a year. Benefactors get free admission to the Museum; free admission to lectures and gallery talks; free subscription to newsletters; invitations to Museum events; voting privileges at the annual meeting; and special recognition as a Benefactor of the Museum on Museum literature and on the Museum’s website and may include a link to the member’s web site. This may include a designated sponsorship of an activity, publication, and/or exhibit as discussed with donor and Museum.
Benefactors will receive one signed copy of The Ramapough Chronicles by Carol W. Greene.
Mahwah Museum Benefactor – $1000+