On Sunday April 15, 2018 at 1:15 p.m Linda Amagasu will present a gallery talk about Joyce Kilmer’s life in Mahwah. This talk will take place in the upstairs gallery of the Mahwah Museum. Seating is limited; advanced reservations are recommended. To reserve, email email@example.com or call 201.512.0099. Gallery talks are free with museum admission.
During this talk Linda will outline Joyce Kilmer’s life growing up, those who influenced him, his education and work history as well as his life in Mahwah. She will also cover his conversion to Catholicism from Episcopalianism prior to his enlistment in World War I. The Mahwah Museum is currently paying tribute to Joyce Kilmer. He once lived in the Cragmere section of HoHoKus Township (now the Township of Mahwah) between 1912 and 1916. During his life here he wrote “Trees” and other important poems.
The Mahwah Museum is located at 201 Franklin Turnpike Mahwah, NJ 07430. Museum hours are weekends and Wednesdays from 1-4 pm. Current exhibits at the Mahwah Museum include Medicine in Mahwah, Mahwah’s Herstory: The Changing Roles of Women in Mahwah’s History, Joyce Kilmer- The Man, and WWI. Permanent exhibits are: Les Paul in Mahwah and TheDonald Cooper Model Railroad, which is open weekends only from 1-4 pm. Admission to the Museum, is $5 for non-members, members and children are free.
On Thursday April 12, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Roger Howard and Jane Vilmar will present stories of their personal experiences of growing up in Mahwah in the 1940’s. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations or call 201-512-0099. Refreshments will be served afterwards.
Roger Howard moved to Mahwah in 1937. He attended Mahwah schools until his family moved out in 1950. Roger will discuss the schools, social life centered around Winter pond and the Ramapo Reformed Church. He will also talk about the place of sports in Mahwah. Jane Vilmar, who lived in Mahwah for a long time, will join Roger and offer her perspective.
This lecture is hosted by Mahwah Museum, located at 201 Franklin Turnpike. 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 www.mahwahmuseum.org or call 201-512-0099 for information on events, membership and volunteering.
Join Jazz Guitar Master Vic Juris, assisted by Rhythm Guitarist Ed Laub, for an all-day Jazz Guitar Workshop, exploring and discussing jazz guitar, chord development, improvisation and techniques! The workshop will be held at the Mahwah Museum, 201 Franklin Turnpike Mahwah, NJ 07430, on Saturday, April 21, 2018 and will run from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm.
The workshop will conclude with a private performance for the students by Laub and Juris, and an improv session with participants. The $85.00 cost includes take-home materials, lunch, and a two-year museum membership. Students are asked to bring a guitar (acoustic or archtop, preferably, as amplifiers will be limited) to the workshop. All levels, from beginner to advanced, are welcome. For further information, please contact email@example.com.
Vic Juris and Ed Laub
(Photos courtesy of Arnie Goodman and https://www.7stringmusic.com, respectively)
Advanced registration is required. Space is limited to twenty students, so please register early. To register, by mail please send a $25 (non-refundable) deposit, check payable to Mahwah Museum, to: Mahwah Museum, 201 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah, NJ 07430. The full balance ($85.00) is due by April 18, 2018, if the balance is not paid in full by April 18, 2018 your registration will be cancelled.
Please check back soon for information about another exciting workshop to be held at Ramapo College on June 9th, 2018. Produced by Ed Laub, the June event will feature classes by outstanding musicians Roni Ben-Hur, Gene Bertoncini, Paul Meyers and luthiers Dale and Tyler Unger, followed by a performance by the instructors. Don’t miss these great events!
Instructor Vic Juris has been called one of the leading jazz educators throughout the world; he is also the author of several educational jazz books. Vic studied with Charlie Banacos and Pat Martino and has performed with Barry Miles, Richie Cole, Eddie Jefferson, Jimmy Smith, Mel Torme, Nancy Wilson, and Sarah Vaughan. As a member of the Dave Liebman Group he traveled and performed throughout North America, Europe, Japan and Israel. He was a member of the Gary Peacock Quartet and is leader and musical director of the Charles Mingus Guitar Quintet. An instructor at The New School in NYC, the New York Jazz Workshop School of Music, Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts, Lehigh University, The Pennsylvania Jazz Collective, and a Youth Jazz Canada Artist-in-Residence, his workshops have been called “an absolute must for serious jazz guitarists.”
Born in northern Bergen County, rhythm guitarist and vocalist Ed Laub studied guitar with Bobby Dominic and Bucky Pizzarelli. He has performed in Jazz Festivals, concert halls and clubs throughout the New York/New Jersey area, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Kitano, The Iridium, Birdland, PNC Arts Center, Bickford Theatre, NJ-PAC, Berrie Performing Arts Center, The Annual Elkhart Jazz Festival and Smalls Jazz Club in Greenwich Village. For many years he has partnered with his close friend and mentor, the renowned Bucky Pizzarelli, playing jazz festivals and venues in the Metropolitan area and in cities across the US. When not working with Bucky, Ed is in demand as an accompanist; as one of the more accomplished 7-string guitarists, he adds a pianistic style that makes a duo sound more like a trio. Other outstanding musicians he has performed with include Gene Bertoncini, Howard Alden, Paul Meyers, Martin Pizzarelli, Jack Wilkins, Russell Malone, Frank Vignola and pianist Russ Kassoff. Ed also made several appearances with the late Kenny Rankin, one of his idols.
These workshops are made possible by a grant from the Les Paul Foundation and are hosted by the Mahwah Museum Society Inc.
Northwest Bergen History Coalition 8th Annual History Day
Tour 10 NW Bergen Museums with one ticket!
How Immigration and the Railroad shaped our towns
Saturday, April 28, 2018 10am to 4pm
Tickets: $15 Day of Event Save $5, Available in advance for $10 at:
The Mahwah Museum 201 Franklin TPKE., Wed, Sat & Sun., 1-4 p.m.
The Schoolhouse Museum, Ridgewood, Thurs & Sat 1-3 p.m.; Sundays 2-4 p.m.
The Hermitage, Ho-Ho-Kus Franklin TPKE., Wed. thru Sun., 1 to 4 p.m.
Be sure to also pick up a “Fun Ticket” for kids!
The towns in NW Bergen County were settled in the 18th century by immigrants from countries in Europe and Africa. Through the centuries the number of countries grew. Today, we have immigrants from all over the world. Come see how they impacted the towns where they settled and how they enrich us today.
The railroad came to NW Bergen in the mid-19th century, bringing with it, jobs, prosperity and immigrants. Come see how trains affected our towns, and the immigrants that came on them, came to work on them, and decided to stay. Businesses developed around the railroad stations, defining what would become the towns we know today.
VISIT THESE TEN MUSEUMS
The Hermitage, Ho-Ho-Kus
Waldwick Signal Tower
Van Allen House, Oakland
The Mahwah Museum and the Old Station Museum, Mahwah
The John Fell House, Allendale
The Old Stone House, Ramsey
The Zabriskie House, Wyckoff
The Schoolhouse Museum, Ridgewood
The Museum at the Station, Glen Rock
Hopper-Goetschius House Museum, Upper Saddle River
Make Checks payable to: USR Historical Society – All proceeds benefit the 10 museums
Children under 12 are Free and will receive a Special Fun Ticket
**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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 email@example.com.
The Mahwah Museum hopes you will become part of our family of members and patrons. Membership includes free admission to the Museum and to our Lecture and Gallery Talk series.
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
An individual who has reached the age of 62 can have all the benefits of an Individual Membership at a reduced price. Dues are $10 per year per person.
Museum Senior Membership – $10
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 TheRamapough 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.