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.

John W. Bristow Papers Open for Research

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, 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 archives@mahwahmuseum.org.

 

Any Youngs, Hagermans, Bodines out there?

Any Youngs, Hagermans, Bodines out there?
The Mahwah Museum archives are processing a large collection of photographs from the Martha Young Kuklinski Collection which document the lives of J. Frank Young (1905-1960) and Henrietta Morriss Young (1909-1984) and their families, ranging 1910-1940s. There are also some older historical family photographs. Henrietta Morriss’ mother was Bessie Hagerman and she lived with Andrew Hagerman. The photos from this branch of the family are fairly well labeled. The photographs of the Youngs, who came from Tallman, often have no labels at all. J. Frank Young’s mother was Anne Jane Bodine and his father was John Franklin Young. His siblings were Alta, Freda, and John Young. If you can help up put names to faces, it would make this collection much more useful to researchers.
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The Ford Motor Company Plant Gallery

Ford Motors built a plant in Mahwah that opened in 1955. Here are a few of the items in the Museum’s collection on this important factory.

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American Brake Shoe and Foundry Gallery

Here is a small sampling of historical materials on the American Brake Shoe Foundry in Mahwah, NJ.

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