Play a Les Paul Guitar

Les Paul

Play a Les Paul Guitar Session- Indulge your Guitar Fantasy!

Play one of Les Paul’s guitars at Mahwah Museum.

Guitar lovers and Les Paul fans can play some of these very special guitars once owned and played by Les.

By appointment, for 45-minute sessions, musicians can play alone or together for a donation of $25 each.  There is a maximum of 5 musicians per session, and maximum audience of 5 at $5 each admission.

Those interested should email the museum or call 201 -512 -0099.  Please include your name and the best way to contact you (by phone or email).

 Please note: These sessions take place during times when the museum is closed to the public.

Les seated with guitar bw

Les Paul

Message from the Nominating Committee

Dear Mahwah Museum Member,

I hope that you have been able to visit the Museum and share in the enthusiasm and interest sparked by our 2019-2020 exhibits, lectures and activities. We have had a very successful start to the new year and will continue to explore ways to enhance our programming and encourage an appreciation for our rich history.

Every April, the Board of Trustees elects new members to fill its vacant positions and help the Museum advance its goals. The 2020 Nominating Committee of the Board is seeking committed, enthusiastic volunteers to fill several openings. The requirements of the position include regular attendance at monthly meetings, a commitment to docent at the museum one day a month and, of course, an active interest in our museum!

If you are interested in applying for a position on the Board, kindly respond to us at by February 21, 2020. You will be asked to provide the Nominating Committee with a brief biographical sketch as well.

With Our Thanks,

The Mahwah Museum Nominating Committee:
Yvonne Beatrice
Jack Pfister
Diane Stripe


Mar. 12 -Mahwah History Trivia Night at Mahwah Bar and Grill

Robert Armstrong Smith

Thursday March 12 at 7:00 p.m. 

At Mahwah Bar and Grill, 2 Island Rd. Mahwah, NJ.

Mahwah Museum will be hosting another Mahwah history trivia night!

Calling local history buffs! Test your knowledge against your neighbors on all things Mahwah history. Join a team (of 4) or bring your friends for a one of a kind competition. Enjoy great food and refreshments.

There is no admission charge and a percentage of purchases made during/at the event will be donated to the Museum.

Contact Mahwah Bar & Grill at 201-529-8056 to reserve.



March 7 -Screening of Award-Winning Documentary “Palisades Amusement Park”

Palisades Amusement Park: A Century of Fond Memories

Palisades Amusement Park: A Century of Fond Memories (1998)

Saturday, March 7 at 11:00 am

at Mahwah Museum

Join us for a rare screening of “Palisades Amusement Park: A Century of Fond Memories.” Narrated by the legendary Ken Burns, the film looks into the history of this New Jersey landmark through the visitors and personalities who knew the park so well: Buddy Hackettt, Walter Cronkite, John Sebastian, Soupy Sales, Cousin Brucie and many others. The documentary won numerous awards for excellence including the 1998 ITVA Gold Award, the 1999 Telly Award and was nominated for an Emmy by the New York Chapter of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for Outstanding Historical/Cultural Programming. After the screening, there will be a discussion and Q&A with film producers Vince Gargiulo and David Comora. Screening will be 1 hour.

As the founder and executive director of the Palisades Amusement Park Historical Society, Vince Gargiulo began the extensive research of the New Jersey resort in 1991. With the cooperation of hundreds of residents, employees, and executives of the Park, Mr. Gargiulo has compiled the most comprehensive history of the Park ever written, Palisades Amusement Park: A Century of Fond Memories. The book was published in 1995 by Rutgers University Press and became the fastest selling book in the publisher’s history. In 1998, he wrote and co-produced the PBS documentary, Palisades Amusement Park: A Century of Fond Memories for public television.

The screening is free for museum members, $5 for non-members.  Reservations are recommended; please contact to reserve seats.


March 5 – The Fight for Women’s Suffrage

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

A Lecture by Lindsey Greene Barrett

March 5th at 7:30 pm

at Mahwah Museum

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the nineteenth amendment, which gave American women the right to vote. Lindsey Greene Barrett will present the 70+ year story of the fight for women’s suffrage in the United States, and the influential women who brought it to fruition. New Jersey has its own unique voting history, and was home to several women who were integral to the suffrage movement, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Alice Paul. Ms. Barrett will discuss Mahwah’s ties to the movement, and how local communities were affected and became involved in the struggle for women’s rights.

Alice Paul in 1918

Lindsey Greene Barrett grew up in Mahwah and has lived in Wyckoff for the past two decades. She taught Women as Entrepreneurs at Fairleigh Dickinson for nine years, and has lectured widely on influential women in history.

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