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…

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New Exhibits for the 2019-2020 Season

New Exhibits for the 2019-2020 Season   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…

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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…

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Inventors: The Havemeyers

Three generations of Havemeyers were inventors.  As you know, Theodore A. Havemeyer came to Mahwah in 1879 and established Mountain Side Farm, much of which is Ramapo College.  He died in 1897.  Although Theodore had nine children only his sons, Henry O. Havemeyer and Frederick C. Havemeyer, continued a presence in Mahwah.  Henry O. Havemeyer…

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Inventors: Fitzwilliam Sargent (1859-1939)

Fitzwilliam Sargent was called the “father of brake-shoe engineering” and he obtained multiple patents for improvement of railroad brake shoes. He was born in 1859 in Philadelphia and attended Lehigh University where he graduated in 1879 with a Civil Engineering degree. He came to Mahwah (then Hohokus Township) in 1902 as the chief engineer of…

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