Lecture: New Jersey in the Heyday of Immigration, 1880-1924

New Jersey in the Heyday of Immigration, 1880-1924

On Thursday February 8, 2018  at 7:30 p.m. John A. Gronbeck-Tedesco, an associate professor of American studies at Ramapo College of New Jersey will present this lecture. Part of the Mahwah Museum Lecture Series, the lecture will take place at the Ramapo Reformed Church, 100 Island Rd., Mahwah. Admission is $3, free for museum members.  Contact programs@mahwahmuseum.org for reservations or call 201-512-0099. Refreshments will be served afterwards.

John A. Gronbeck-Tedesco has done research and published on immigration. This talk will examine the vast changes taking place in U.S. immigration between 1880 and 1924. Immigration policy intersected with fears and demands involving labor, religion, politics, and biological fitness. In the process, immigrants reshaped the American nation in the communities they inhabited, this pattern is reflected in Mahwah and the rest of New Jersey. The state remains a fitting microcosm of the transformations taking place on the national landscape while bearing nuances unique to region.

This lecture is hosted by Mahwah Museum, located at 201 Franklin Turnpike Mahwah, NJ.  The Museum is currently featuring the new exhibits Kilmer: The Man and WWI Sarajevo to Versailles as well as the continuing exhibits Mahwahs Herstory: The Changing Roles of Women in Mahwah’s History, and Medicine in Mahwah. Permanent exhibits are Les Paul in Mahwah and The Donald Cooper Model Railroad, which is open weekends 1-4 pm. The Museum is open weekends and Wednesdays from 1-4 pm.; admission $5 for non-members, members and children are free.Visit mahwahmuseum.org or call 201-512-0099 for information on events, membership and volunteering.

Les Paul Festival at Ramapo College Feb. 24, 2018

On Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 8:00 PM The Angelica and Russ Berrie Center for performing and visual arts at Ramapo College of New Jersey will present

The Les Paul Festival, with headliners:

The Mike Stern Band, featuring Richie Morales and Teymur Phell

This event will take place in the Sharp Theater, located at 505 Ramapo Valley Road Mahwah, NJ 07430.

From The Angelica and Russ Berrie Center for performing and visual arts at Ramapo College of New Jersey: The annual festival celebrates Mahwah resident Les Paul’s innovative spirit as a musician and technologist by hosting a week of guest speakers and workshops for Ramapo’s music students culminating in a concert for the college and regional community. 

About the artists:

Mike Stern is regarded as one of the true guitar greats to a generation of contemporary jazz guitar aficionados. Stern made his mark with Miles Davis in the early 1980s before launching his solo career in 1985. Since then he has released 17 recordings as a leader, six of which were nominated for GRAMMY® Awards.

Drummer Richie Morales, a native of New York City, is a versatile player who has performed and recorded with a wide range of contemporary artists. He also leads his own group performing a mixture of Jazz standards and original music. Richie has been a member of the jazz faculty at Purchase College Conservatory of Music SUNY since 2000.

Bassist Teymur Phell moved to New York in 2011 and has since built a reputation as a vibrant and virtuous player. Born in Azerbaijan to a family of professional musicians — his grandmother Elmira Nazirova was a celebrated classical pianist — Teymur studied classical bass at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and toured with Palestinian singer Amal Murkus.

Mike Stern, Richie Morales and Teymur Phell

Ticket Prices: $30/$27/$24 $8 for Ramapo Students with ID; NO DISCOUNTS( ALL TICKET SALES ARE FINAL. NO EXCHANGES. NO RETURNS.)

TO ORDER TICKETS:

Online Orders: Visit https://www.ramapo.edu/berriecenter/event/les-paul-festival-concert-featuring-mike-stern-band/

By Phone: 201. 684. 7844 (We accept Visa, MasterCard or Discover Card)

Box Office: Located in the lobby of the first floor of the Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts.

Hours: Monday-Friday, Noon-8:00PM., and two hours prior to each performance. Saturday and Sunday, Noon-5 P.M.

For additional information including group sales, series tickets and gift certificates:

Phone: 201.684.7844 Fax: 201.684.7979 Email: tickets@ramapo.edu

Stan Ploszaj

Stanley J. Ploszaj (1943-2017)

The Mahwah Museum mourns the passing of our friend, docent and former treasurer, Stanley J. Ploszaj.  He passed away on November 8, 2017 at his home in Mahwah, NJ.

 

Stan was a man of many interests and talents. His intellectual curiosity made him a lifelong learner. He was a proud alumnus of Columbia University, receiving both undergraduate and graduate degrees there. He also received a Masters of Library Science at Rutgers University, which led to a career as a systems and technical services librarian and consultant. In the course of his varied career, Stan managed large library automation systems including Westchester Library System and Ramapo Catskill Library System. He belonged to a number of professional organizations and served as a board member on the Southeastern New York Library Resources Council. Outside of work, Stan was an active community member. He volunteered at the Mahwah Museum and was a former chair of the Buildings and Grounds Committee at Immaculate Conception Church in Mahwah.

Friendly by nature, his loss will be felt by many.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to HUMC Foundation, 160 Essex Street, Suite 101, Lodi, NJ 07644. In the memo section, please indicate the John Theurer Cancer Center.

The Museum offers its condolences to his family.  He is remembered for his dedication and knowledge and will be missed.

 

A link to Stans’s obituary can be found here Stanley Ploszaj Obituary

 

Exhibits at the Mahwah Museum

 

**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.

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.

 Our third exhibit “Kilmer, The Man” will focus on local Poet Joyce Kilmer. “A patriot and warrior, a poet and lecturer, a husband and a father, a sergeant in WWI.”

Our fourth 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 also features for the 2017-2018 season, our permanent exhibits:

Les Paul in Mahwah and The Donald Cooper Model Railroad (The DCMRR is open weekends ONLY) 1-4 pm

The Museum is open weekends and Wednesdays from 1-4 pm.; admission is $5 for non-members; members and children are free.

Permanent exhibits:

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 from 1-4 p.m. For information about joining the train crew, please email railroad@mahwahmuseum.org 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.

The Mahwah Museum receives operating support from the New Jersey Historical Commission in the Department of State.

John W. Bristow Papers Open for Research

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 volunteers and 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.

John W. Bristow, taken in 2008 (Courtesty of Ruth Bristow Portela).

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 archives@mahwahmuseum.org.