March Lecture: The History of the Suffern RR

On Thursday March 14, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.  Craig Long will outline the history of the Suffern Railroad and the development of towns in both Rockland County New York and Bergen County New Jersey. Part of the Mahwah Museum Lecture Series, the lecture will take place at Mahwah Museum, 201 Franklin Turnpike Mahwah, NJ 07430.  Admission is $5, free for museum members.  Contact programs@mahwahmuseum.org for reservations or call 201-512-0099.  Refreshments will be served afterwards.

                Craig H. Long was born and raised in Suffern and has family roots in the community dating back to the 1700s. Craig will outline the history of the Suffern Railroad and the development of towns in both Rockland County New York and Bergen County New Jersey. His emphasis of course will be Suffern and its New Jersey neighbor Mahwah. He is the historian for the Village of Suffern as well as Montebello and the Town of Ramapo and has authored several local history publications.  He is also a leader in the Suffern Railroad Museum.

This lecture is hosted by the Mahwah Museum, located at 201 Franklin Turnpike Mahwah, NJ 07430.  The Museum is currently featuring the exhibits Kilmer: The Man Kilmer: The War Years, and WWI Part I and WWI Part II. 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. Visit www.mahwahmuseum.org or call 201-512-0099 for information on events, membership and volunteering.

Vinyl Listening Party- Guitar Heros

Vinyl Listening Party

On Thursday March 28, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. Mahwah Museum will be hosting evening of wine and cheese followed by a vinyl record listening party, with the records played on an audiophile system. The event will take place at the Mahwah Museum, 201 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah, NJ 07430.

Admission:$20, paid in advance to reserve your spot.

Please click here to purchase your reservation online.

Contact programs@mahwahmuseum.org for more information or call 201-512-0099.

Mahwah Museum will be hosting its second Vinyl Listening Party on Thursday March 28, 2010.The evening will begin at 6:30 pm with wine and cheese, before the music begins.  This will be an opportunity to visit the outstanding collection of artifacts from the Les Paul Estate on exhibit at the museum. Les’ lathe, sound on sound machine, eight track and mixing board are all here and cannot be found anywhere else. The first Vinyl Listening Party in the museum was very well received,

The theme for the evening is: Guitar Heroes.

So hold on tight for Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Angus Young, Eric Clapton, Nancy Wilson, and many, many more! It will be a night of guitar anthems, most you’ll know well but some surprises, too!  And of course – the local guitar hero:  Les Paul.

A feature that night will be the 2010 Jeff Beck and Imelda May – How High the Moon – tribute to Les Paul on the one year of his death.

All coming, of course, off of audiophile vinyl records.

     Ray Ullmer, who will co-host this event, amid an amazing collection of Les Paul artifacts, has always been a huge music fan, and has been collecting albums in various formats since he was a teen. Throughout all that time, though, vinyl has always occupied a special place in his heart. When he recently upgraded his home system with a new turntable and speakers, he started the Cragmere Vinyl Club for like-minded music fans to play their favorite albums for each other. (https://www.facebook.com/groups/CragmereVinylClub)

Become a member of Mahwah Museum!

Join Us!

mahwah6Mahwah 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 accept credit cards (online ONLY) 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 Mahwah Museum!

Become a Volunteer Docent at 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  Mahwah Museum!

Docents work on Saturdays, Sundays, or Wednesdays from 1pm to 4 pm September-June
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.

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 always has docents when the public is invited.

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

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.