Coming Soon: Virtual Les Paul Memorial Concert!

Lou Pallo

Celebrate Les Paul’s 105th Birthday with us!

Online, June 5-7  More to come….

To celebrate Les Paul’s 105th birthday, we are pleased to present an online concert the weekend of June 5-7 with Lou Pallo (and the Les Paul Trio), Muriel Anderson and Thom Bresh.

Lou Pallo played regularly with Les for over 30 years at Fat Tuesdays then at The Iridium. In an interview, Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, described Lou as an “ an incredible guitar player” and the man “who knows a million chords”. In addition to Les, Lou’s early influences included Tony Mottola. Lou has worked with a wide variety of celebrities from Sammy Davis Jr., Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald to Mr. Richards himself.

Muriel Anderson with Les Paul

Muriel Anderson is the first woman to have won the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship. Her CD, Nightlight Daylight, was chosen as one of the top 10 CDs of the decade by Guitar Player Magazine, and she has performed/recorded with Chet Atkins, Les Paul, Victor Wooten, Tommy Emmanuel and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra.

Thomas Bresh

Thom Bresh was born in Hollywood, California and raised in the middle of guitar royalty. His father, Merle Travis, was one of the most influential American guitarist of the 20th Century. With this sort of heritage and upbringing, what do you have? As Chet Atkins put it, “Thom Bresh is a “World Class” guitarist that deserves to be heard.”

Other artists may be announced at a later date.  This event is open to all, share it with friends and family! Check our website for viewing details.

Collecting Mahwah’s Stories

Collecting Mahwah’s Stories

Our mission is to gather, preserve and tell the story of Mahwah’s history. We are living through a historical moment like no other, and the Museum will be gathering stories, photographs, videos and artifacts to add to our archives. Visit our website for details in the next few weeks.

Museum Memberships Extended

Your memberships will be extended.

At this point we do not anticipate opening the Museum again until September at the earliest. We will extend all current memberships for the time we missed this Spring and will use this time to make modifications that will make the museum safer for patrons and docents in this new reality.

June 1 – General Membership Meeting via Zoom

General Membership Meeting

We have scheduled a general membership meeting for June 1 at 7:30pm. This will be held virtually via Zoom.  All members are welcome to attend, see a short presentation on our work, and vote virtually for candidates to serve on our Board of Directors.

Mahwah Museum General Membership Meeting
Time: Jun 1, 2020 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join the Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88969736596

Hinsdale Tree of Life Quilt

Detail of the Hinsdale Tree of Life Quilt

An article by Peggy W. Norris

Among the quilts and coverlets which will be featured in the upcoming Bergen County Quilt and Coverlet Show is a beautiful applique quilt from the Mahwah Museum collection which was once owned by Rebecca Hinsdale Kraus (1915-2015).  Peggy Norris, chair of the Bergen County Quilt and Coverlet show, was able to determine that the quilt had been passed down through four generations and had most likely belonged to James Turner (1766-1824) and Betsy Park (died 1830), of Warren County, North Carolina.   Peggy Norris’s research was documented in an article which was published in the Spring 2020 issue of Blanket Statements, the newsletter of the American Quilt Study Group. For more information about the group, visit www.americanquiltstudygroup.org.  Read the article here…

The Hinsdale Tree of Life Quilt will be on display at the Bergen County Quilt and Coverlets Show scheduled for June 11-12, 2021 at Old Paramus Reformed Church and Schoolhouse Museum, Ridgewood, NJ.

April 4 – Postponed – Sound on Sound: Exploring the Evolution of Les Paul’s Pioneering Techniques

Exploring the Evolution of Les Paul’s Pioneering Recording Techniques on the Road to Multi-Track Recording

**Postponed until Fall 2020** 

A lecture by Dr Sean McClowry

Saturday, April 4 at 11:00 am

at Mahwah Museum

 

Dr Sean McClowry, professor of music at the College of St. Rose, will discuss Les Paul’s “sound on sound” methods.  While known as a pioneer in multi-track and multi-layering recording, Les Paul’s methods were constantly changing.  Each new method presented new advantages and challenges.  This talk will include live demonstrations, in an effort to unpack the genius at work as a recording artist and a pioneer in music technology, and also highlight the historic artifacts on display at the museum.

The program is free for Museum members, $5 for non-members.  Reservations are recommended; to reserve seats, contact programs@mahwahmuseum.org or call 201-512-0099.

Les Paul – Photo courtesy of The Les Paul Foundation

 

April 2 -Postponed- The Making of a Village: Ridgewood Comes of Age, 1894-1905

Historians Peggy Norris and Joe Suplicki

Postponed 

A Lecture by Peggy Norris and Joe Suplicki

Thursday, April 2 at 7:30 pm

at Mahwah Museum

Bergen County Historians Peggy Norris and Joe Suplicki will present a lecture on these critical years of this Bergen center.  Using documents, maps and historic panoramic photos, they will illustrate Ridgewood’s growth and transformation into a village.

Ridgewood Train Station Circa 1900

Long-time members of the Genealogical Society of Bergen County and many county historical societies, Peggy Norris and Joe Suplicki share their love of regional history with others as genealogists, volunteers, and lecturers. Together, they have lectured on a wide variety of subjects, including genealogy, local cemeteries, and the history of Bergen County’s Camp Merritt.

The lecture is free for museum members and $5 for non-members.  Reservations are recommended; to reserve seats, please contact programs@mahwahmuseum.org or call 201-512-0099.

Postponed – Premiere of the Trackside Drive-in Theater

Postponed

At the Donald Cooper Model Railroad

Through May 31

The volunteers of the Donald Cooper Model Railroad at the Mahwah Museum announce the opening of the Trackside Drive-in, a working drive-in theater in HO scale.  Our first feature being shown on the big screen is “King Kong vs Godzilla”.  Come and relive the nostalgia of watching a movie under the stars during the summer evening from the comfort of your favorite car.

Free Gifts for Mahwah Residents Who visit during April

Attention Mahwah Residents!

The Mahwah Museum is offering two special free gifts to all Mahwah residents who visit the Museum during April (while supplies last).

The first of these gifts is an historical map of Mahwah based on the 1876 Atlas of Bergen County, with additional information from other maps dating as far back as 1709.  The map is very suitable for framing  and would be a great addition to home or office.

The second gift, a 12-page booklet, reprinted from the recent Autumn Years magazine article on the history of Mahwah,  presents many interesting facts about Mahwah, and is a great way to learn more about our town’s history.

One of the Museum’s objectives is to increase understanding and appreciation of our town’s history.  By providing a map and a short summary of Mahwah’s past, we hope to encourage your knowledge and appreciation for Mahwah’s rich history. These gifts may answer some questions about our town’s past, such as the location of the Nike Missile base and George Washington’s route during the American Revolution.

To obtain the free gifts, simply visit the Mahwah Museum and request your historical map and Mahwah History booklet.  One map and booklet per Mahwah household, please.  Supplies are limited, so please  visit soon!

The Mahwah Museum is open every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 pm.  Located at 201 Franklin Turnpike, it is next the the Mahwah Police Station and Fire Department, and just up the hill from the Mahwah Train Station.

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