Nov. 14 History Trivia Night at Mahwah Bar and Grill

Nov. 14 History Trivia Night at Mahwah Bar and Grill

On Thursday November 14 at 7:00 p.m.  Mahwah Museum will be hosting a Mahwah history trivia night at Mahwah Bar and Grill. This event will take place at Mahwah Bar and Grill 2 Island Rd. Mahwah, NJ 07430.

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. This special event will be held at Mahwah Bar and Grill. There will be no admission charge and a percentage of purchases made during/at the event will be donated to the museum.

This event is hosted by Mahwah Museum, located at 201 Franklin Turnpike Mahwah, NJ 07430.  The Museum reopened for the season on Sept. 22, 2019, featuring these exhibits: A College Comes to Mahwah, Ramapo College 1965-1975, Palisades Amusement Park Comes to Mahwah, and, Mahwah’s His-TREE, 75 years as a township. 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

Nov. 13 NWBHC and HSRC Prohibition Luncheon and Presentation

Join us tor a Luncheon & Presentation on the Prohibition Years in Bergen & Rockland Counties

Wednesday November 13, 2019

11:00 A.M.- Lunch served 12 noon Ramsey Country Club, 105 Lakeside Drive Ramsey, NJ

$so per person (cash bar)

Co-sponsored by The Northwest Bergen History Coalition & The Historical Society of Rockland County

The 1919 song title says it all: “How Are You Going to Wet Your Whistle When the Whole Darn World Goes Dry?” In November 1919 that is exactly what people in

Bergen County and Rockland County were wondering. The Prohibition Amendment had passed in January 1919 and would take effect in January 1920. Join us for a fun luncheon and learn how people in our area solved that dilemma. Four panelists will share slides and stories -and you might even learn the words to the song.

 

R E S E R V A T I O N   F O R M

Enclosed is my check for _ tickets for the Prohibition Luncheon on November 13 at $50 each.                 Total: $                _

Name ——————— Email                                                                _

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RESERVATION  DEADLINE : TUESDAY, NOVEMBER  6, 2019

Proceeds benefit members of NW Bergen History Coalition &  Historical Society of Rockland County. Please credit historical society of:

Allendale   Franklin Lakes               Glen Rock         The Hermitage   Mahwah  Ramsey  Ridgewood

Oakland         Upper Saddle River         Waldwick Museum of Local History   Waldwick Signal Tower

Wyckoff HS         Zabriskie House         Historical Society of Rockland County

 

Valet Parking Will Be Available

You Can Enter By the Speakeasy Door if You Give the Password: Thirsty

 

Your name will be on a list at the door.  Information: Michelle Dugan 201-995-0171

Send checks payable to:   U.S.R. Historical Society, 245 Lake Street, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458

Nov. 9- Ramapo College in Year One- Student Panel

Ramapo College in Year One- Student Panel

 

On Saturday November 9 at 11:00 a.m.  Ramapo alumni Cynthia Brennen, Arthur Chill, John Durkin, Nelson Ramirez will discuss their first year at Ramapo College in 1971. Moderated by Charlie Carreras. Part of the Mahwah Museum Lecture Series, the lecture will take place at the Ramapo College Trustee Pavilion 505 Ramapo Valley Rd Mahwah, NJ 07430.

This panel of first year Ramapo Students will talk about their first year at Ramapo, what they expected and what they found. You will learn how this group and their classmates helped build this new state experimental college. The challenges faced, and there were many, helped build a sense of community- where many stepped forward to contribute to the final product.

This lecture is hosted by Mahwah Museum, located at 201 Franklin Turnpike Mahwah, NJ 07430.  The Museum reopened for the season on Sept. 22, 2019, featuring these exhibits: A College Comes to Mahwah, Ramapo College 1965-1975, Palisades Amusement Park Comes to Mahwah, and, Mahwah’s His-TREE, 75 years as a township. 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

October 20-Ramapo College Comes to Mahwah

October 20, 2019- Ramapo College Comes to Mahwah

Courtesy of Vincent Marchese.

On Sunday October 20 at 2:00 p.m.  Bill Dator, Chairman and longtime member of the board of trustees of Ramapo College and Mahwah Museum trustee will present an informative lecture outlining the formation of Ramapo College.  Part of the Mahwah Museum Lecture Series, the lecture will take place in the York Room at Ramapo College, 505 Ramapo Valley Rd. Mahwah, NJ 07430.  

As the Chairman and a longtime member of the Board of Trustees of Ramapo College Bill is uniquely qualified to give this talk. In 1969 he wrote to authorities in Trenton, suggesting the Birch Estate as the best site for the new state college being planned for Bergen County. Bill knew and worked with the Birch family and was the agent whom arranged for the state of NJ and the Birch Estate to come together. Many other places were examined as a possible location before Mahwah was settled upon as the site for that new college. Bill will tell this story.

This lecture is hosted by Mahwah Museum, located at 201 Franklin Turnpike Mahwah, NJ 07430.  The Museum will reopen for the season on Sept. 22, 2019, featuring these exhibits: A College Comes to Mahwah, Ramapo College 1965-1975, Palisades Amusement Park Comes to Mahwah, and, Mahwah’s His-TREE, 75 years as a township. 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.

Winter Train Display at the Mahwah Public Library

Winter Model Train Display at Mahwah Public Library

Donald Cooper

Beginning November 10 and running through November 16, the Museum will be hosting a special operating exhibit of our “O” gauge Lionel trains at the Mahwah Public Library, 100 Ridge Rd Mahwah, NJ 07430.  These trains were donated to us by Abby and George Margolis in memory of Jerome Lewis Margolis, owner of Kinchley’s Tavern in Ramsey, New Jersey.  Built by the museum’s train crew, the display will consist of an 8’ X 8’ layout containing two operating tracks.  Admission for this special exhibit is free. The Mahwah Public Library is located at 100 Ridge Road Mahwah, NJ 07430.

Hours of operation at the Mahwah Library:

  • Sunday, November 10 —-     2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Monday, November 11 —- 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 12 —-    10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 13 —-    10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 14 — 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Friday, November 15 —-     10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 16 —  10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Normal operating hours for the Mahwah Museum are weekends and Wednesdays from 1-4 p.m. The Donald Cooper Model Railroad is open on weekends from 1-4 p.m Admission if $5 for non-members, children and Museum members are free. For more information call 201-512-0099.

MAHWAH MUSEUM NOW OPEN FOR SEASON!

Mahwah Museum is open every Saturday Sunday and Wednesday from 1-4pm. The Donald Copper Model RR is open on weekend only from 1-4pm.

This year we are featuring three new exhibits, along with our permanent exhibits:

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

Mahwah’s history dates back to the 1600s and 1700s, belonging to several territories with different names.  In the 1700s and 1800s, Mahwah grew from a seedling of Franklin Township and later stemmed from Hohokus Township.  As other towns broke off from Hohokus Township, Mahwah remained, leaving it the largest tract of land in what is now Bergen County.

Mahwah blossomed as an independent community, and was officially incorporated as a township in 1944.  Our exhibit will explore the different branches of what makes a community live, breathe, and thrive.  Mahwah’s roots as a township were strengthened through the growth of borough organizations, housing developments, schools, recreation, religious and civic groups, and industry.

No matter how far back you can trace your roots in Mahwah, come share our shade as we honor the people, places, and organizations that have continued our history into the 21st century.

 

 

 

Palisades Amusement Park Comes To Mahwah:

(Photo credit: Vince Gargiulo)

New Jersey’s famous Palisades Amusement Park closed nearly 50 years ago. But most Jerseyites over the age of 60 will still smile at the mere mention of this classic American fun center. Mahwah resident, Vince Gargiulo, has been keeping the memory of Palisades alive for the past quarter of a century. He founded the Palisades Amusement Park Historical Society (PAPHS) in the early 1990s. His book, “Palisades Amusement Park: A Century of Fond Memories,” was the fastest selling book in the history of Rutgers University Press. His 1998 PBS documentary of the same name won several awards for outstanding documentary and was nominated for a New York Emmy.

His latest project is a working 1930s model of the park that he has been restoring for over a year. A long time park employee, Joe Prisco, originally built the wooden model in the 1990s. After his death, the model was moved several times and sustained a great deal of damage. In 2018, Gargiulo reached out to Prisco’s family, who donated the model to the PAPHS. Gargiulo set about to restore each piece, most requiring a great deal of work and patience. “The Carousel was the hardest piece to restore,” Gargiulo noted. “Many of the ornamental decorations were missing. Half of the light bulbs were burned out, and replacing them was not cheap!”

But his biggest challenge with the carousel was getting it to rotate. “I wish this model came with some kind of instruction manual,” Vince joked. “It would make repairing it so much easier.” After a month of experimenting, he was finally able to get the merry-go-round to operate properly. Gargiulo has completed restoration of 25 pieces including the Tunnel of Love, the World’s Largest Outdoor Salt Water Pool, the Ferris Wheel, the Carousel, the Free Act Stage, the Bumper Cars and much more. On September 22, the miniature amusement park will be on display as part of the Mahwah Museum’s 2019-2020 lineup. Also on display will be some extremely rare artifacts from the park from Gargiulo’s extensive collection.

A College Comes to Mahwah: Ramapo College: 1965-1975

(Photo credit: Vincent Marchese)

 

When the State of New Jersey decided to build a new college in Northern New Jersey in 1965, few towns wanted anything to do with it. Fears of radical students, traffic, and lost tax revenues dogged early efforts in Leonia, Hackensack and Saddle River. When the Birch Estate was proposed as a potential site, Mahwah quickly became the front runner. Our exhibit on the establishment of Ramapo College in Mahwah takes a look at life in the township 50 years ago and the creation of a unique liberal arts college.

Working with early faculty and graduates from Ramapo College, the exhibit will provide a brief history of the College’s aspirations and a look at its early curriculum. Students recall what campus life was like when the campus was being built around them; the makeshift “dorms” at the Carmel Retreat, a Boy Scout Camp,  and Club 300; the jazz festivals; and student and faculty strikes. These challenges forged a tight community and left fond memories. Come and experience an early 1970s college in Mahwah — sights, sounds, and recollections!

These exhibits will be on display along with our very popular permanent exhibits, the ever expanding Donald Cooper Model Railroad (open weekends only) and Les Paul in Mahwah!

We also invite you to join us for our upcoming gallery talks and lectures, taking place on Sunday afternoons and Thursday nights once a month.

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, Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 pm.  For information about joining the train crew, please email railroad@mahwahmuseum.org or call 201-512-0099.

Please note: the DCMRR is not a free train display (admission is free only for members of the museum) and it is not a train ride.

Les Paul in Mahwah

Mahwah Museum has a 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.

Mahwah Museum receives operating support from the Bergen County Division of Cultural and Historical Affairs.

New Exhibits Now Open!

Located at 201 Franklin Turnpike, the museum is open Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4 pm, September 22-June.

This year we are featuring three new exhibits, along with our permanent exhibits:

 

MAHWAH’s HIS-“TREE”

75 Years as a Township

1944-2019

 

   Mahwah’s history dates back to the 1600s and 1700s, belonging to several territories with different names.  In the 1700s and 1800s, Mahwah grew from a seedling of Franklin Township and later stemmed from Hohokus Township.  As other towns broke off from Hohokus Township, Mahwah remained, leaving it the largest tract of land in what is now Bergen County.

  Mahwah blossomed as an independent community, and was officially incorporated as a township in 1944.  Our exhibit will explore the different branches of what makes a community live, breathe, and thrive.  Mahwah’s roots as a township were strengthened through the growth of borough organizations, housing developments, schools, recreation, religious and civic groups, and industry.

   No matter how far back you can trace your roots in Mahwah, come share our shade as we honor the people, places, and organizations that have continued our history into the 21st century.

 

Palisades Amusement Park Comes To Mahwah:

(Photo credit: Vince Gargiulo)

New Jersey’s famous Palisades Amusement Park closed nearly 50 years ago. But most Jerseyites over the age of 60 will still smile at the mere mention of this classic American fun center. Mahwah resident, Vince Gargiulo, has been keeping the memory of Palisades alive for the past quarter of a century. He founded the Palisades Amusement Park Historical Society (PAPHS) in the early 1990s. His book, “Palisades Amusement Park: A Century of Fond Memories,” was the fastest selling book in the history of Rutgers University Press. His 1998 PBS documentary of the same name won several awards for outstanding documentary and was nominated for a New York Emmy.

His latest project is a working 1930s model of the park that he has been restoring for over a year. A long time park employee, Joe Prisco, originally built the wooden model in the 1990s. After his death, the model was moved several times and sustained a great deal of damage. In 2018, Gargiulo reached out to Prisco’s family, who donated the model to the PAPHS. Gargiulo set about to restore each piece, most requiring a great deal of work and patience. “The Carousel was the hardest piece to restore,” Gargiulo noted. “Many of the ornamental decorations were missing. Half of the light bulbs were burned out, and replacing them was not cheap!”

But his biggest challenge with the carousel was getting it to rotate. “I wish this model came with some kind of instruction manual,” Vince joked. “It would make repairing it so much easier.” After a month of experimenting, he was finally able to get the merry-go-round to operate properly. Gargiulo has completed restoration of 25 pieces including the Tunnel of Love, the World’s Largest Outdoor Salt Water Pool, the Ferris Wheel, the Carousel, the Free Act Stage, the Bumper Cars and much more. On September 22, the miniature amusement park will be on display as part of the Mahwah Museum’s 2019-2020 lineup. Also on display will be some extremely rare artifacts from the park from Gargiulo’s extensive collection.

A College Comes to Mahwah: Ramapo College: 1965-1975

 

(Photo credit: Vincent Marchese)

When the State of New Jersey decided to build a new college in Northern New Jersey in 1965, few towns wanted anything to do with it. Fears of radical students, traffic, and lost tax revenues dogged early efforts in Leonia, Hackensack and Saddle River. When the Birch Estate was proposed as a potential site, Mahwah quickly became the front runner. Our exhibit on the establishment of Ramapo College in Mahwah takes a look at life in the township 50 years ago and the creation of a unique liberal arts college.

Working with early faculty and graduates from Ramapo College, the exhibit will provide a brief history of the College’s aspirations and a look at its early curriculum. Students recall what campus life was like when the campus was being built around them; the makeshift “dorms” at the Carmel Retreat, a Boy Scout Camp,  and Club 300; the jazz festivals; and student and faculty strikes. These challenges forged a tight community and left fond memories. Come and experience an early 1970s college in Mahwah — sights, sounds, and recollections!

 

These exhibits will be on display along with our very popular permanent exhibits, the ever expanding Donald Cooper Model Railroad (open weekends only) and Les Paul in Mahwah!

We also invite you to join us for our upcoming gallery talks and lectures, taking place on Sunday afternoons and Thursday nights once a month.

Donald Cooper Model RR OPEN-Weekends Only!

The Donald Cooper Model Railroad exhibit is open weekends SATURDAY AND SUNDAY ONLY from 1-4pm.

Admission to the DCMRR is included with admission to the museum. Admission is $5.00 for non-members 18+, members and children are free.

**Please note: We CAN NOW process credit or debit cards inside the museum.***

Get on board with the Donald Cooper Model Railroad!  A four-level-high, DDC- controlled model train layout  has something for every size, child or adult.  The layout honors the importance of the railroad in Mahwah’s development and history!

The Donald Cooper Model Railroad continues to entertain children of all ages with seven trains running at a time. Adults and children delight as they watch over the four layers of the railroad, seeing the many wonderful things that are made possible only by the assistance of trains! As the passenger cars make their way through the Amtrak stops and the subway stations, and mine workers wait for their lumber load to arrive, thirty-car coal trains take large sweeping curves as they climb the grades of the two-track main mahwah5mahwah2line!

The Blue Main Line sits between the lower level and the large freight yard and passenger terminal. You can find either passenger or freight trains making their way along the rocky cliffs that identify this line. Trains coming from Union Station or the freight yard must enter this line before heading down the connector track to the large lower level main line.

Come visit our railroad to see it in action. See also our collection of Lionel “O” Gauge trains representing railroads all across the country and all types of locomotives.

This exhibit was made possible through the generous donations of Renee and Ebrima Darboe of Mahwah, New Jersey and the Margolis family of Ramsey, New Jersey.

Admission to the railroad is included in your admission to the museum. If you are interested in model railroading, we would welcome you as a member of our crew. The requirements are a love of the hobby, being twelve years of age or older, and becoming a member of the Mahwah Museum Society. If you have any questions please click here to email our train crew or call 201.512.0099 and leave a message for the train crew.

Please Note:

The DCMRR is NOT open on Wednesdays, it is NOT a train ride and it is NOT a free train display. The DCMRR is a permanent exhibit at Mahwah Museum, open Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4 Sept-June.

 

VOLUNTEER WITH THE DCMRR TRAIN CREW

Are you a train buff? The Donald Cooper Model Railroad is one of our most popular permanent exhibits. The layout is a favorite stop for children of all ages. For more information about how to volunteer with the DCMRR crew please click here.

Become a member of Mahwah Museum!

Join Us!

mahwah6Mahwah 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 accept credit cards (online ONLY) 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.

Individuals ($15)

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




Seniors ($10)

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



Family ($25)

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




Sponsors ($100-$249)

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 The Ramapough 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.

Mahwah Museum Benefactor – $1000+




Help Support the Mahwah Museum with Amazon Smile!

If you’re doing some shopping on Amazon.com, please consider using the Amazon Smile program and donating part of your purchase to the Mahwah Museum! Amazon Smile is a program run by the online retailer, Amazon, which will automatically donate 0.5% of your purchases to the charity you select. It costs you (and the charitable organizations) nothing, and it’s just like shopping on Amazon normally, but you get to do a world of good.
 
The Mahwah Museum is part of the Amazon Smile program and with a few simple steps, the 0.5% of your purchases made on Amazon can be donated to the Museum… which will in turn be used in the upkeep and running of our facility, new exhibits, programs, lectures, gallery talks, and all of the things that make the Mahwah Museum an integral part of the community.
 
To start donating,  you simply visit smile.amazon.com, go to your account settings, and change your charity to The Mahwah Museum. It’s just like shopping on Amazon—only you get to support your favorite charity without doing anything extra (not even donating time or effort).
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