Lecture: Chris Caffery, Growing up in Mahwah

Musician Chris Caffery at Mahwah Museum  

On Thursday, May 11, 2017  at 7:30 p.m. Chris Caffery of the Trans Siberian Orchestra, will present a lecture detailing his experiences of growing up in Mahwah as well as his career as a guitarist with the Trans Siberian Orchestra and various other groups. Part of the Mahwah Museum Lecture Series, the lecture will take place at the Ramapo Reformed Church, 100 Island Rd., Mahwah.  Admission is $3, free for museum members.  Contact programs@mahwahmuseum.org for reservations or call 201-512-0099. Reservations are STRONGLY suggested. Refreshments will be served afterwards.

Born in Suffern and raised in Mahwah, Chris began playing guitar at the age of 11.  Chris made his first demo record at the age of 14; some of his earliest memories include performing the Beatles song “Help” for a show and tell in Kindergarten.  He has been pursuing a solo career and has released five CDs since 2004, including “Faces” and “House of Insanity.” A man of many talents, he is also a photographer and an artist; he created the cover art for his newly released solo single “Death by Design.”  He is also marketing his original hot sauce recipes “Tears of the Sun” and “Grapes of Wrath,” for which he has received acclaim in the culinary world.

This lecture is hosted by Mahwah Museum, located at 201 Franklin Turnpike.  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.

World War I Centennial Bazaar

World War I Centennial Bazaar

April 6th marked the 100th anniversary of the United States entrance into World War I.  For years history has glossed over the legacy of the Great War and New Jersey’s part in it.

On Saturday, May 20th the NW Bergen History Coalition will bring people back in time to 1917 with a World War I Bazaar on the beautiful grounds of the Hermitage in Ho-Ho-Kus.

The entrance gates open at 10:30 AM and visitors will greet President Wilson, portrayed by Neill Hartley from the American Historical Theatre.  President Wilson will address the crowd from the Hermitage front porch and speak about his presidency and the decision to declare war on Germany.  Throughout the day guests will have time to visit with presenters, enjoy musical performances, have a hot dog with liberty cabbage (sauerkraut), and learn more about World War I while touring the exhibit hall filled with World War I era artifacts.  The day will end at 4:30 PM as visitors gather by the World War I 48-star flag to honor those soldiers from NW Bergen who gave their lives fighting for democracy. The Northwest Bergen History Coalition invites you to join us for a wonderful day of history and fun.

Admission is $10 for visitors 17 and over, free for those 16 and under.

For more information contact Sheila Brogan, 201-652-7354 or email smbrogan@aol.com.

*Please note the Mahwah Museum and the DCMRR will be closed on this day so that we can assist with the Bazaar*

Highlights of the Day Include:

  • Arrival or President Woodrow Wilson at 11am in a Pierce Arrow, escorted by a Word War 1 Color Guard, to speak from the porch of the Hermitage.
  • Flag Raising & the National Anthem sung by Ridgewood High school’s acappella group.
  • Soldiers stopping by on their way to Camp Merrit to muster in.
  • Music performances by the Waldwick Concert Band, Ramapo College Canta Nova Corale and Ridgewood High School Senior Brass Quintet.
  • Girl Scouts showing how to make trench candles.
  • Ceremonial flag folding by Saving Hallowed Ground.
  • WWI Canteen serving coffee and donuts to raise your morale as they did the soldiers’.
  • Poetry reading by Joyce Kilmer Society
  • Suffragist Harriott Stanton Blatch.
  • Exhibit on Bergen County’s Camp Merritt, where one million men pass through during WWI.
  • WWI era dance demonstration- the very latest.
  • Children’s games, clowns, and a fortune teller.
  • WWI Draft Registration Table.
  • Displays of WWI era artifacts from the archives of the NW Bergen History museums.
  • Special WWI exhibit by the NJ National Guard Militia Museum.
  • Exhibit of favorite toys from the WWI era.
  • A War Garden, specially planted by the Hermitage gardeners. Learn about preserving foods.
  • WWI era food, including hot dogs served with liberty cabbage (sauerkraut).
  • Homemade ice cream sandwiches
  • Boy Scouts and Liberty Bonds

BOOTHS AND DEMONSTRATIONS:

*Vintage cars*Rutherford WWI Centennial Committee Lace Making* WWI Knitting* Suffrage Movement* League of Women Voters

IN THE HERMITAGES JACQUA HALL:

Displays by the coalition members of WWI artifacts from their archives, as well as by other groups.

Corporate Sponsors & Volunteers for the Day are Welcome:

We are soliciting Corporate Sponsors. Your names will be in a brochure to be handed out and on signage that day. Volunteers are also needed. To become a sponsor or a volunteer, please contact Sheila Brogan at 201-652-7354.

Please follow the below link for more information about how you, or your business can become a sponsor of this event:

Become a Sponsor of the NWBHC WWI Bazaar

Funding provided in part through grants from:

The Bergen County Department of Cultural and Historical Affairs

The New Jersey Historical Commission

Sponsors for the World War I Centennial Bazaar

Major Sponsors:

Boiling Springs Savings Bank

Atlantic Stewardship Bank

Dunkin Donuts of Franklin Lakes Ramsey, Wyckoff and Glen Rock

Park West Tavern

Sabrett

Sponsors:

Inserra- ShopRite

Fairway Market

Kings in Ridgewood

  The Shannon Rose

We are also grateful for the generous donations and support provided by members of the Northwest Bergen History Coalition:

The Hermitage, Ho-Ho-Kus;The Mahwah Museum, Mahwah; The John Fell House, Allendale; The Schoolhouse Museum, Ridgewood; Waldwick Signal Tower, Waldwick;, Hopper-Goetschius House Museum, Upper Saddle River; The Museum at the Station, Glen Rock; The Zabriskie House, Wyckoff; Van Allen House, Oakland; Waldwick Museum of Local History, Waldwick; The Old Stone House, Ramsey.

Lauren Paolillo, Winner of 2017 Bergen County Historic Preservation Award

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.

Exhibits at the Mahwah Museum

**Please note: We cannot process credit or debit cards inside the museum.***

We are featuring two exhibits for the 2016-2017 season, “Mahwah’s Herstory” and “Medicine in Mahwah”.

The Mahwah Museum is located at 201 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah, NJ 07430.

Admission to the museum is $5, free for museum members.

The first exhibit, “Mahwah’s Herstory: The Changing Roles of Women in Mahwah’s History”, examines the role of women in Mahwah’s history, starting with its first settler, Blandina Bayard, and continuing through to 1960. It highlights women’s activities, including  pioneering and farming, changing roles in the workforce, and women’s accomplishments in the arts, in charitable organizations and in social reforms.

Our second exhibit, “Medicine in Mahwah”, highlights the history of medicine in Mahwah. It examines the growth and development of the medical field with highlights on Mahwah’s practitioners, their methods, and instruments throughout various periods.

The Museum is open for the 2016-2017 season featuring, aside from our new exhibits, our permanent exhibits:

Les Paul in Mahwah and The Donald Cooper Model Railroad, which is open weekends ONLY 1-4 pm.

The Museum is open weekends and Wednesdays from 1-4 pm.; admission is $5 for non-members; members and children are free.

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 October-June from 1-4 p.m. For information about joining the train crew, please email director@mahwahmuseum.org or call 201-512-0099

Les Paul in Mahwah

The Mahwah Museum has a small permanent exhibit featuring Les Paul 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 recreation 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.

 

The Mahwah Museum receives operating support from the New Jersey Historical Commission in the Department of State.

Become a member of the Mahwah Museum!

Join Us!

mahwah6The Mahwah 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 are now accepting credit cards 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+




Become a Volunteer Docent at the Mahwah Museum!

Become a Volunteer Docent at the Mahwah Museum!

If you are looking for an interesting and fun way to get involved with local history, please consider becoming a volunteer docent at the Mahwah Museum!

Docents work on Saturdays, Sundays, or Wednesdays from 1pm to 4 pm.
Our docents are volunteers who open the Museum, guide our visitors to the exhibits, answer questions, and close the Museum at the end of the day.

Docents are needed from 1-4 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays from Mid-September to June when the Museum is open; and on Sundays from 2-4 p.m., late June to Mid-September, when the Old Station Museum and Caboose are open. Docents let us know their availability, and are scheduled according to their requests.

Docents can work as often as they like, and new docents are teamed with experienced docents.
If you choose to volunteer, you will be trained in all of the things you need to know about being a docent, and you will be scheduled months in advance so you can know when you are to help. Docents trade places with each other if problems with scheduling arise, so that the Museum or the Station always has a docent when the public is invited.

Please email or call the museum if interested- director@mahwahmuseum.org (201) 512-0099

Volunteer or Intern with The Mahwah Museum!

It takes a lot of volunteers to keep our Museum running smoothly.  

Docents

Docents are volunteers who open our museum to visitors on Wed., Sat., or Sun. from 1PM – 4PM each week from Sept. to June.  They also open the 1871 Old Station and 1921 Erie Caboose on Sundays from 1-4 in the summer months. Docents are paired with experienced docents, and learning is exciting for both docents and visitors.

Please email or call the museum if interested- director@mahwahmuseum.org (201) 512-0099

Archives

 On selected days some of our volunteers, under the direction of our archivist, meet at the Museum to explore our archival collections.  We have many uncatalogued boxes of archival and photographic material that need to be opened, sorted, classified and input into our database. We will train you in the protocol for using our computer.  This is a great volunteer opportunity for college students and people who are available during the day.  The ability to type and/or some computer knowledge is helpful.

Please email or call the museum if interested- director@mahwahmuseum.org (201) 512-0099

Fundraising

The success of the Museum depends on our ability to raise funds.  We are constantly writing grant proposals to government agencies and private foundations.  We are always looking for new and fresh fundraising ideas.  Our members are important to this effort and we encourage anyone, with or without experience, to help.

Please email or call the museum if interested- director@mahwahmuseum.org (201) 512-0099

 

Help with Exhibits

Twice a year we change parts of our exhibit.  Once our theme is set, if you like to research and write materials, you will be guided in how to do that and be expected to collect graphic materials, write descriptions and suggest how the exhibit is to be hung.  If you are artistic, we need help in preparing our presentation materials: cutting, cropping, pasting, framing and hanging.  If you like to climb ladders, there is always need for people to focus our lighting.  If you can wash windows or vacuum floors, we need you, too.  The last few weeks before a new exhibit is like a party, with a flurry of activity and the final satisfaction of a job well done.

Please email or call the museum if interested- director@mahwahmuseum.org (201) 512-0099

Help Build Our Railroad

Are you a train buff?  The Donald Cooper Model Railroad is a favorite stop for children of all ages.

Our Donald Cooper Model Railroad volunteer team meets on Wednesday evenings to work on our large HO railroad.  Some of our volunteers are carpenters, electricians, computer experts, train maintenance people, artists, or model railroad engineers.  They meet weekly to work on the railroad, and some like to volunteer as docents on weekends to run the railroad and answer questions for museum visitors.  The Railroad is constantly growing and changing, so help is always appreciated.  Our Railroad volunteers also keep the trains running for the public, for scout groups, and for other special occasions.

Please email or call the museum if interested- director@mahwahmuseum.org (201) 512-0099

Internships

We have lots of things for college students to do, depending on their majors and interests.  They can help us with our archives, docent, conduct oral histories, or research for us.  Interns have helped catalog our library, made films and videos, and assisted in the analysis of archaeological digs.  While a great experience for history students, our interns have also included future librarians, computer majors, and law students.  Interns can get credits at their college for their experience on their resumes.  Click for more information.

Raffle, Auctions and Live Entertainment at Les Paul Gala

On Saturday, June 14 at 7:30 p.m. the Mahwah Museum will host the Les Paul 99th

Hofnet Bass guitar

Hofnet Bass guitar

Birthday Gala at Ramapo College Trustees Pavilion, 505 Ramapo Valley Road, Mahwah.  There will be live and silent auctions of many special guitars and music memorabilia, live entertainment and a raffle drawing.   The live auction will include a Hofner Bass guitar with a pick guard signed by Paul McCartney, a Fender Squire solid body electric guitar autographed by Pete Townsend, a Fender Squire solid body electric guitar with Chuck Berry autograph on the pick guard, a white Fender Stratocaster guitar autographed by Ron Wood and Mick Taylor of the Rolling Stones, and more.  For a full list and description of live and silent auction items, and information about Online Slots bidding,  visit www.mahwahmuseum.org.  Three winners of a raffle for two Gibson “Traditional” Les Paul Guitars with Les Paul autographed pick guards, and a Fender Squire Strat autographed by James Taylor, will also be chosen.  Bucky Pizzarelli with Ed Laub and Lou Pallo with Les Paul’s Trio will provide live entertainment.  Wine, hors d’oeurves, and light fare will be served. 

Tickets for the Gala and the raffle are both $25 and are available at the Mahwah Museum, 201 Franklin Turnpike, from 1-4 p.m. on Wednesdays and weekends, at Robbie’s Music on Rt 17, at Devon Fine Jewelry in Wyckoff, at Alto’s Music on Rt 59 in Airmont, and through the mail.  Gala tickets are also available for purchase online at www.mahwahmuseum.org

The Mahwah Museum is located at 201 Franklin Turnpike.  The Donald Cooper Model Railroad is open on weekends from 1-4 p.m. until June 22; the Museum, with the exhibits “Neighborhoods of Mahwah: 1913-2013” and “Les Paul in Mahwah,” is open weekends and Wednesdays until June 25, when it will close for the summer.   The Museum will reopen in September, 2014. 

The Mahwah Museum receives operating support from the NJ Historical Commission, Department of State.