Hosted by Digital Memory Media
Digital Memory Media will be offering a fundraising program that will provide the Mahwah Museum with an innovative and effective means to raise money, while also helping individuals preserve their personal memories. DMM will host this event on June 10, 2017 from 10-12 pm at the Museum, 201 Franklin Turnpike Mahwah, NJ. They will convert your personal collections of old photographs, 8mm and 16mm films, slides, video tapes and every other media type into digital formats that will last forever.
At the event, Digital Memory Media’s trained staff will accept new orders and answer questions. Orders can be tracked on DMM’s order tracking system. Original items are returned by courier directly to the patron along with DVD copies of their memories. All digital conversions are performed (in-house) at the safe and secure East Brunswick facility. The details on how this is all operates can be found on Digital Media Memory’s website, www.dmmem.com. If you would like to attend this event please bring your media to be converted with you to the museum on the day of the event. DMM will donate 20 percent of the revenue to the Mahwah Museum. Reservations are not required. Questions can be sent via the contact form on the Digital Memory media website, or by calling toll-free 800-380-9058 or 732-613-7170.
This event is hosted by Mahwah Museum, located at 201 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah NJ 07430. The Museum is currently featuring the new exhibits Mahwahs Herstory: The changing roles of women in Mahwah’s history, and Medicine in Mahwah. 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.
For additional information about this event please click here.
June 21, 2017 Mahwah Museum Last Day for the 2016-2017 Season
The Mahwah Museum and Donald Cooper Model Railroad will be closed for the Summer after Wednesday June 21, 2017. We will reopen in September, 2017.
The Old Station Museum and Caboose will be open June 25, 2017- September 2017 Sundays 2-4 pm.
June 21, 2017 will be the last day to see our current exhibits Medicine in Mahwah and Mahwah’s Herstory as they are now.
We will be updating these exhibits and adding some new exhibits over the Summer.
For more information about our exhibits please click here
We thank all who visited this past year and look forward to seeing you at the Old Station Museum and Caboose and when we reopen in September.
The Mahwah Museum would like to extend a special congratulations to Mahwah resident Lauren Paolillo. Lauren is a recipient of the 2017 Bergen County Historic Preservation Award for her wonderful book “Mahwah Military Memories”.
Lauren was awarded the Girl Scout Gold Award last year, the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. For her gold award project Lauren completed a two-hundred page book that compiled the stories and interviews of local veterans. Lauren completed all the research and interviews by herself.
After winning her award Lauren kindly donated copies of her book, Mahwah Military Memories, to the Township, the Mahwah Library and the Mahwah Museum.
Mahwah Military Memories is written in memory of Laurens grandfather.
The Mahwah Museum was delighted with the hard work, dedication and historical value of Laurens work. In January 2017 the Mahwah Museum nominated Lauren for the 2017 Bergen County Historic Preservation Award.
We are pleased to announce that Lauren has won this award, and will be presented with this award on May 4, 2017.
Again we offer our congratulations to Lauren, and wish her the best in this and all the other great things that she will accomplish in her life time.
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.
This article by Charles Anderson was first published in “The Old Station Timetable,” of January 1978.
The area in which Skylands is now located was a prime source of wood for the smelting operations at Ringwood during the 1700’s. Small farms were carved out of the stony hills where some level ground could be found. These were mostly along the Eagle Valley Road out of Sloatsburg and along the Wanaque Valley Road. The Ramapo Mountains were gradually cut up among small owners.
Around 1880, Stetson, a counsel for J. P. Morgan, with several associates bought up 1200 acres of these small holdings and established several large estates. Part of the Stetson property is now Skylands. His mansion was baronial and impressive. Sheep were grazed on the front lawn. A nine-hole golf course was laid out on land laboriously leveled. His wife was a paraplegic but could drive a buggy. Each year he cut additional miles of wood road through the estate so that she could travel about the property. Eventually, over 20 miles of road were cleared. Most of them are still available for hiking. They are easily distinguished from old wood roads used for lumbering by their easy grades, uniform width and solidly built stone bridges.
In the 1900’s Clarence Lewis bought property In Mahwah and lived here. He was a lawyer for the multi-million dollar firm owned by the Solomons of New York. Retiring a very wealthy man in 1933, aged 53, he was to live 30 years more. He owned a large piece of land east of the Birch property on the north side of the Ramapo River extending to a piece of Pierson property which extended west from the Glove and north to Pierson Ridge. Another large acreage owned by Lewis lay on both sides of the easterly third of Bear Swamp Pond, separated from the Stetson estate by a small piece of property owned by one Hines. When the Stetson property was up for sale, he bought it intending to join it with the Bear Swamp acreage. It is believed that Hines refused to sell, and he was not able to do this.
However, Skylands was his. He tore the house down. There are two stories giving a reason why, neither of which may be true. One states that his mother did not like the Stetson house, the other, that being a tallish man he bumped his head in several places while going through the house. At, any rate, the present building was put up in Jacobean style from stone quarried locally and embellished with interiors purchased from old castles in Europe. His mother died a year before the house was completed.
In the many years that he lived at Skylands, being an ardent horticulturist and well able to afford 60 gardeners, he developed an English style series of plantings complete with statuary and vistas, most of which are being restored today. Late in life he offered his estate to the New York Botanical Gardens. They insisted on a large endowment which he was unwilling to provide. The deal fell through. Later, he offered the property to Shelton College at a very reasonable price on condition that they follow his advice on management. They would not listen, he discontinued his help, and the college soon went bankrupt.
Developers were ready to purchase and carve the estate when Robert Roe purchased for the state 250 acres, the first acquisition of land under the Green Acres Program. House and grounds had been sadly neglected during the college ownership. Some restoration work was done on the house, and work was started In reclaiming the neglected gardens. However, with only ten gardeners, reclamation Is progressing slowly. The dedicated staff had made it possible for us to visualize the beauty of the gardens.’ Each year new discoveries of hidden beauties are made. Lewis’s dream of an estate extending from Skylands to the Ramapo has been realized. The boundaries of Ramapo Park have been extended past Bear Swamp Pond and now join with the wooded acreage of Skylands.