Lecture: The Champion a Story of Americas First Film Town

The Champion: A Story of America’s First Film Town

On Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. Tom Meyers, executive director of the Fort Lee Film Commission, will present a screening of the film  “The Champion: A Story of America’s First Film Town”. The film will run for about 40 minutes and will be followed by a Q&A with Tom.  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.  Refreshments will be served afterwards.

This documentary was produced by the Fort Lee Film Commission in 2016 and is making the circuit of film festivals. Tom Meyers is the Executive Director and Founder of the Fort Lee Film Commission. He is a lifelong resident of Fort Lee and. His grandmother , born there in 1901, was an extra in the silent films era as a young girl and as a teen she became a film cutter for Éclair  Studio in Fort Lee.  Once the major studios left Fort Lee by 1925 she spent the rest of her life in the Consolidated Republic Film Lab in Fort Lee where other family members worked as well.  Meyers worked for NBC News in their archive before moving onto ABC News as an archivist. From there was hired by the borough of Fort Lee as the Administrator of Cultural & Heritage Affairs.  He founded the Fort Lee Film Commission in 2000.

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.

Gallery Talk: Mahwah’s Herstory

Gallery Talk: Mahwah’s Herstory: The Changing Roles of Women in Mahwah’s History

Presented by Cathy Moran-Hajo

 On Sunday, March 12 at 1:15 p.m., Cathy Moran-Hajo, archive director of the Mahwah Museum will present a gallery talk about the changing roles of women in Mahwah’s History. The talk will take place in the upstairs gallery of the Mahwah Museum.  Seating is limited; advance reservations are recommended.  To reserve, email gallerytalks@mahwahmuseum.org or call 201-512-0099.  Gallery Talks are free with Museum admission.

This gallery talk will be an extension of one of the Mahwah Museums current exhibits, Mahwah’s Herstory: The Changing Roles of Women in Mahwah’s History. The talk will examine the roles of women in Mahwah’s history. Cathy will highlight 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.

The Mahwah Museum is located at 201 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah.  Museum hours are weekends and Wednesdays from 1-4 pm.  Current exhibits at the Mahwah Museum include: Medicine in Mahwah and Mahwah’s Herstory: The Changing Roles of Women in Mahwah’s History.  Permanent exhibits are: Les Paul in Mahwah and The Donald Cooper Model Railroad, which is open weekends 1-4 pm.   Admission to the Museum is $5 for non-members, members and children are free.  Visit mahwahmuseum.org or call 201-512-0099 for information on events, membership and volunteering.

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

 

Lecture: Cragmere in the Ramapos

 Lecture: Cragmere in the Ramapos

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On Thursday, April 13, 2016  at 7:30 p.m. Tom Dunn, will present a lecture detailing the History of the Cragmere section of Mahwah. 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.  Refreshments will be served afterwards.

Tom Dunn has been chronicling the history of the Cragmere section of Mahwah since 1974. Wonderful houses, interesting people and community spirit are all parts of the story of Cragmere. It all began in 1909, when  George Dunlop began a unique, suburban community on a hillside near the railroad station in Mahwah. This lecture has been popular in the past, but there is always something new to learn.

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.

Gallery Talk- Joyce Kilmer: The War Years

Gallery Talk

Joyce Kilmer: The War Years

On Sunday April 9, 2017  at 1:15 p.m. Tetsu and Linda Amagasu, Trustees of the Mahwah Museum, will present a gallery talk about the local author Joyce Kilmer’s time spent fighting in World War I with the “Fighting 69th”. This Talk will take place in the upstairs gallery of the Mahwah Museum. Seating is limited; advanced reservations are recommended. To reserve, email gallerytalks@mahwahmuseum.org or call 201.512.0099. Gallery talks are free with museum admission.

Although he was not obligated for service in WWI Joyce Kilmer nonetheless enlisted. Though eligible for commission as an office and often recommended for such posts, he refused any rank above sergeant. Tetsu and Linda will cover these questions as well as his regiment and dedication, his duties and life on the war front, his last mission and death in France on July 30, 1918 as well as some poems he wrote during the war such as “Rouge Bouquet.”

“There is on earth no worthier grave To hold the bodies of the brave Than this place of pain and pride Where they nobly fought and nobly died.”- Joyce Kilmer. Rouge Bouquet.

The Mahwah Museum is located at 201 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah NJ 07430. Museum hours are weekends and Wednesdays from 1-4 pm. Current exhibits at the Mahwah Museum include” Medicine in Mahwah and Mahwah’s Herstory: The Changing Roles of Women in Mahwah’s History. Permanent exhibits are: Les Paul in Mahwah and The Donald Cooper Model Railroad, which is open weekends only from 1-4 pm. Admission to the Museum, is $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.

Exhibits at the Mahwah Museum

Exhibits at
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Mahwah Museum

One new exhibit examines the roles 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 new exhibit highlights the history of medicine in Mahwah. Iit examines the growth and development of the medical field with highlights on Mahwah’s practitioners, their methods and instruments throughout various periods.

World War I Centennial Bazaar

SAVE THE DATE
Saturday, May 20, 2017
World War I Centennial Bazaar


Sponsored by the NW Bergen History Coalition

On The Grounds of The Hermitage, 11am to 5 pm
Plan to join us as we step back to a momentous time in our history – the entrance of America into World War I- at our Centennial Bazaar on the beautiful grounds of The Hermitage in Ho-Ho-Kus. It will be an event you don’t want to miss!

Highlights of the Day Include:

PERFORMANCES BY:

Woodrow Wilson from the American History Theater-Joyce Kilmer Society of Mahwah-Waldwick Band-Centennial Flag folding ceremony by Saving Hallowed Ground- Ramapo College Canta Nova Chorale-Suffragist Harriet Stanton Blatch- World War I Color Guard stopping by on their way to Camp Merritt

ACTIVITIES FOR YOUNG AND OLD:

Games- Clowns-a Fortune Teller-WWI Era Food- Vintage Cars-Vintage Music-WWI Uniform Displays-Afternoon Tea on the Porch of The Hermitage-Clothing from the Early 20th Century-Local Musical Groups

BOOTHS & DEMONSTRATIONS:

National Guard Military Museum of NJ-War Gardens, Hermitage Gardeners-Lace Making-World War I Knitting-Suffrage Movement-Ridgewood League of Women Voters-Rutherford World War I Centennial Committee

IN THE HERMITAGE’S JACQUA HALL:

Displays by Coalition members of World War I artifacts from their collections as well as by organizations that were part of the WWI effort, such as the American Red Cross, the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts, the VFW and more.

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.

Sponsoring NE Bergen Coalition Museums:

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.

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.

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