Committees

There are many opportunities to help out with our work. Contact the chair of any committee below to learn more and join!

Archives Committee

DirectorCathy Moran Hajo (chajo@ramapo.edu) Directs the work of members, instructs members in archival preservation and practices, works with potential donors of materials and researchers who would like to use collections. Determines the priorities for preservation, orders and manages supplies. Works with the Exhibit Chairs. Report to board of trustees.

Members – Diane Stripe, Karen Maguire, Erica Lehner, Meg Hajo.  After training, organizes archival collections, scan or photocopy materials as needed, write up descriptions. Help preserve artifacts by cleaning and rehousing. Helps exhibit members research topics. Report to Archives Director.

To Contact: Please email archives@mahwahmuseum.org or call 201.512.0099.


Buildings and Grounds Committee

Chair: John Edwards – Works with Mahwah Township officials to maintain the physical buildings and the Caboose. Directs members to deal with issues with alarm systems, cleaning services, garden maintenance, holiday decorations, etc. Works with Exhibits Chair on lighting for exhibits. Reports to the Board of Trustees.

Members: Bill Dator, Tom DeWan. Assists in maintenance of the buildings and caboose; planting and weeding gardens, hanging holiday decorations, hanging banners and etc. Report to the Chair.

To Contact: Please email info@mahwahmuseum.org or call 201.512.0099.


Donald Cooper Model Railroad Holiday Train Display

Donald Cooper Model Railroad

Director: Bob Adler – Directs the work of the train crew, instructs and organizes members in maintaining and expanding model train operations. Develops special events, deals with potential donors of model train materials, manages the Donald Cooper collection of train materials. Sets the schedule of docents for the DCMRR.

Members: Diane Adler, Klaus Angermeuller, Alan Bornstein, Eric Collazo, Ralph Coviello, Mike DeFilippis, Tom Dewan, Bob Dodds, Tony Ferrara, Nick Giordano, Rose Ellen Lorber Termaat, Ed Skurna.

Docent for the DCMRR, attend meetings to maintain and repair DCMRR and add new features. Report to the DCMRR Director. The DCMRR train crew holds weekly work sessions on Wednesday nights.

To Contact: Please email railroad@mahwahmuseum.org or call 201-512-0099.


Education Committee

Chair: Diane Adler – Directs, solicits and organizes group tours, especially Grades 3-12 groups. Contacts local educators, scout troops, and other organizations to encourage trips to the Museum. Helps share Museum content for special projects and tasks. Assists in researching and organizing supplemental materials for groups  requiring information not currently exhibited.  Reports to the Board of Trustees.

Members: Assist in researching and organizing supplemental materials for groups  requiring information not currently exhibited. Assists when group tours are scheduled. Report to the Chair.

To Contact: Please email education@mahwahmuseum.org or call 201.512.0099.


Exhibit Committee

Chair: Diane Stripe – Organizes and arranges meetings of the Committee, works on long-range and practical aspects of exhibit planning. Helps organize labor for new exhibit mountings. Seeks out new ideas and volunteers to mount changing exhibits. Develops budget needed for the exhibits each year. Reports to the Board of Trustees.

Members: John Edwards. Offers input and advice on long-range planning, helps with painting, moving walls, construction, as needed for new exhibit installation. Reports to the Chair.

To Contact: Please email info@mahwahmuseum.org or call 201.512.0099.


Exhibit Committee: A College Comes to Mahwah: Ramapo College, 1965-1975

Chairs: Charles Carreras and Cathy Moran Hajo.

Members: Marion Brown, Gail Doscher, Tom Dunn, Meg Hajo, Tom Heed, Lou Graglia, Emma Lucier-Kellar, Vincent Marchese, Diane Mateo, Kathleen Ramsey Maynes, Steven Palmieri, Ken Pokrowski, Diane Stripe, Edie Weinthal.

Exhibit Committee: MAHWAH’s HIS-“TREE”: 75 Years as a Township, 1944-2019

Chairs: Diane Adler and Rose Ellen Lorber-Termaat.

Exhibit Committee: Palisades Amusement Park Comes to Mahwah

Chairs: Tom Grissom and Vincent Gargiulo.


These ad hoc committees are created for the development of each temporary exhibit. Chairs designs, directs the work of the committee members, manages the exhibit budget, and mounts exhibit over the summer months. Works with the Lectures and Gallery Talks Chair and the Publicity Chair. Reports to the Exhibit Committee Chair.

Members: Research, interpret, write, obtains artifacts, and promotes temporary exhibits (usually lasting 1-2 years). Often prepares gallery talks or lectures to further educate the public about the topic of the exhibit. Work with the Publicity Committee. Reports to their Chair.

 

To Contact: Please email info@mahwahmuseum.org or call 201.512.0099.


Fundraising Committee

Chair: Vacant. Directs and coordinates efforts to raise funds for the Museum through grants, events, fund-raisers, and membership and town-wide mailings. Schedules any time sensitive approaches. Works with the Treasurer, and with Office Manager on mailings, consults with Committee Chairs to develop ideas for funding new programs or efforts. Reports to the Board of Trustees.

Members: Charlie Carreras, Tom Grissom, Kasey Sikorsky, and Cathy Moran Hajo. Drafts letters, grant proposals, social media, helps with fundraising events. Reports to chair.

 

To Contact: Please email info@mahwahmuseum.org or call 201.512.0099.


Lou Pallo

Lectures and Gallery Talks Committee

Chair: Charlie Carreras — Works with Exhibit Committee and other members of the Museum to identify potential speakers for forthcoming year. Settles dates and locations, organizes refreshments, and works with the Publicity Chair and Office Manager to promote attendance.  Reports to the Board of Trustees.

Members: Marion Brown, Kasey Sikorsky. Assist with events, promotion, and gallery talks and lectures. Report to the Chair.

 

To Contact: Please email program@mahwahmuseum.org or call 201.512.0099.


Chris Lentz and Les Paul.

Les Paul Committee

Chair: Ken Pokrowski – Develops programs and events related to Les Paul in Mahwah exhibit, works with the Les Paul Foundation to promote the exhibit and Museum holdings, develops birthday fundraisers and other events. Manages any changes or additional to the Les Paul in Mahwah Permanent Exhibit. Works with the Publicity Chair to promote events and Fundraising Chair to secure support from Les Paul Foundation. Reports to the Board of Trustees.

Members: Charlie Carreras, Wade Morgan, Diane Stripe. Assist with events, promotion, and gallery talks and lectures. Report to the Chair.

To Contact: Please email lespaul@mahwahmuseum.org or call 201.512.0099.


Gail Doscher at booth on Mahwah Day

Mahwah Day

Membership Committee

Chair: John Fesen – Manages member relations; works to increase memberships of all levels, including businesses. Works with Office Manager to send regular updates to members on Museum news and events. Encourages members to become docents, docents to become trustees or committee chairs/members. Reports to the Board of Trustees.

Members: Kasey Sikorsky. Assist in mailings, draft letters, reach out to local businesses, gather news from other committee chairs and officers.

To Contact: Please email info@mahwahmuseum.org or call 201.512.0099.


Old Station Museum /Caboose

Director: Vacant — Manages the Old Station /Caboose, develops new exhibits, programs. Works with the Buildings and Grounds chair on maintenance and security. Works with the Publicity Chair to promote events. Reports to the Board of Trustees.

Members: Alan Bornstein. Helps maintain exhibits, grounds. Reports to Director.

To Contact: Please email info@mahwahmuseum.org or call 201.512.0099.


Publicity Committee

Chair: Tom Grissom – Develops and implements public relations for the Museum and its committees and units. Designs print and social media advertisements. Works with other Committee chairs and with Office Manager. Reports to the Board of Trustees.

Members: Maja Britton, Charlie Carreras, Cathy Moran Hajo, Kasey Sikorsky, and Diane Stripe. Help design, gather information, and write promotional materials. Brainstorm ways to get more attention to the museum and offer popular programs. Reports to Chair.

To Contact: Please email info@mahwahmuseum.org or call 201.512.0099.


Technology Committee

Chair: John Edwards – Oversees computers, printers, projectors, televisions, and other technical equipment. Determines when new equipment is needed, investigates price and makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees.

Members: Cathy Moran Hajo. Helps troubleshoot technical issues; advises on purchases; investigates new technologies that we might employ. Reports to Chair.

To Contact: Please email info@mahwahmuseum.org or call 201.512.0099.


Other Roles:

Museum Store Manager: Marion Brown – Maintains and expands inventory, promote store in mailings and social media. Work with exhibit chairs, Lectures and Gallery Talks to bring in special items. Reports to Treasurer.

Newsletter Editor:  Vacant- Gather articles from Committee Chairs, Directors, Office Manager, and President for newsletters. Report to Publicity Chair.

Docent Scheduler:  John Edwards – Creates schedules for docents every three months. Reports to Membership Chair.

Newspaper Project Manager:  Vacant – Run events and encourage volunteers to continue to build the Newspaper database. Report to Archives Director.

Librarian: Marion BrownOrganize Museum’s library holdings. Gather new books as they come up. Weed existing collection of materials that do not fit in our collecting policies. Report to Archives Director.

To Contact: Please email info@mahwahmuseum.org or call 201.512.0099.