Old Station Museum and Caboose now CLOSED for the Season

 

Now closed for the season!

 

The Old Station Museum and Caboose

Open Sundays 2-4 pm through September 17, 2017.

*Please note* The Old Station Museum and Caboose is now CLOSED for the season. We will not be open on Sept. 23, Mahwah Day. We thank all those who visited us this season and look forward to seeing you again next year and at the Mahwah Museum this year!

1871 Old Station Lane, Mahwah, NJ 07430Old Station and Caboose

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

 

The Mahwah Museum Society’s Old Station Museum and Caboose is now open for the 2017 season,  and will be open every Sunday from 2:00-4:00 PM through September 23, 2017 (Saturday, Mahwah Day). Admission to the museum is $3.00 per person over 16, admission is free for those under the age of 16.

The exhibit at the station this season features several models built by former Mahwah resident Hollis C. Bachmann.  Mr. Bachmann constructed a model of N.Y.C. #999 and several other trolleys. We were fortunate to receive a donation of this balance of Mr. Bachmann’s collection from his niece, Kay Doody. Mr. Bachmann had built our model of the North Jersey Rapid Transit interurban car (trolley) that ran from Suffern to Paterson. You may remember seeing that model in our main museum building. It was constructed of tin cans, was 2 feet in length, and included a detailed interior, having taken Mr. Bachmann 6 months to build. Please come by and see these really nicely- detailed creations that are the offspring of that trolley.

The Old Station Museum established in 1967 is located in a building that was the original station on the Erie Railroad in Mahwah. It was rescued from destruction, first by the Winters family and later by the Mahwah Historical Society. It contains many interesting artifacts given to the museum by collectors of railroad memorabilia. It also features a 1929 Erie cupola caboose which has been recently restored. There is a scale model of the Erie system and photos of the early days of railroading in Mahwah and along the rest of the mainline.

In 1848 the Paterson and Ramapo Railroad was built through Mahwah to carry passengers and freight from New York City, via Paterson, to the main line of the Erie Railroad located in Suffern, New York. From there, connections could be made to upstate New York, then Chicago, and on to the west.

In 1871 the leaders of Mahwah petitioned the Erie to allow a stop at a new station in Mahwah. The 1871 station remained in service until 1904 when the Erie expanded to four tracks and raised the roadbed from ground level. The second station remained until 1914 when it was destroyed by fire. The current station was built in 1914 and still serves commuters today.

 

Exhibits at the Mahwah Museum

The Mahwah Museum and Donald Cooper Model Railroad are now CLOSED for the Summer

We will reopen on September 30, 2017

 

 

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

We are featuring four exhibits for the 2017-2018 season, “Mahwah’s Herstory” and “Medicine in Mahwah”, “Kilmer, The Man” and “The First World War”.

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. During the Summer this exhibit will be updated.

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. During the Summer this exhibit will be updated.

 Our first new exhibit “Kilmer, The Man” will focus on local Poet Joyce Kilmer. “A patriot and warrior, a poet and lecturer, a husband and a father, a sergeant in WWI.”

Our second new exhibit “The First World War” will document the role of Mahwah and Bergen county in the First World War. ” From Sarajevo to Versailles.”

 

When the Museum is reopened for the 2017-2018 season we will be featuring, aside from our new and continuing exhibits, our permanent exhibits:

Les Paul in Mahwah and The Donald Cooper Model Railroad, which is open weekends ONLY 1-4 pm (CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR THE SUMMER).

The Museum will be open weekends and Wednesdays from 1-4 pm.; admission is $5 for non-members; members and children are free. We are currently closed for the Summer and will reopen on September 30,2017.

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 (currently closed for the Summer) September-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 some Les Paul history  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 re-creation 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.

Gallery Talk: From Ambulance Drivers to Victory Gardeners: Mahwah’s Women in the Great War

Gallery Talk: From Ambulance Drivers to Victory Gardeners: Mahwah’s Women in the Great War
Presented by Cathy Moran Hajo
On Sunday October 15, 2017  at 1:15 p.m. Cathy Moran Hajo, archive director of the Mahwah Museum, will present a gallery talk about the role women in Mahwah played during WWI. 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.
The First World War came at a time when women’s roles were undergoing great change. The War opened new opportunities for women of all classes to make substantial contributions to the war effort. Cathy will, in her talk, explore the ways that Mahwah women participated in military service, relief work both at home and abroad, and undertook factory work to replace men in service.

Lecture: Camp Merritt, Bergen County’s WWI Army Base

 

Camp Merritt: Bergen County’s WWI Army Base

 

On Thursday October 26, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. Peggy Norris and Joe Suplicki, historians for the Village of Ridgewood will present this lecture. 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.

Camp Merritt was the transit camp for more than one million soldiers on their way to battlefields in Europe and returning to their homes across the United States.  This temporary city leaves few traces on our landscape today, but its history can be told in maps, photos, and stories.  The Camp Merritt monument in Cresskill is the most visible reminder today of the important role Bergen County played in World War I. Peggy Norris is the vice president of the Bergen County historical Society and Joe Suplicki is on Ridgewood’s Historic Preservation Commission and the board of the Ridgewood Historical Society. Peggy’s grandfather, a farm boy from Ohio, passed through Camp Merritt. Illustrations come in part from his collection of postcards, now in the Bergen County Historical Society Library.

This lecture is hosted by Mahwah Museum, located at 201 Franklin Turnpike.  The Museum will reopen on September 30, 2017 featuring the new exhibits Kilmer: The Man and WWI Sarajevo to Versailles as well as the continuing 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.Visit mahwahmuseum.org or call 201-512-0099 for information on events, membership and volunteering.

Luncheon and Presentation on Tuxedo Park

Join us for a luncheon & presentation on Tuxedo Park

Wednesday, November 1 at 11:30 A.M. at the Tuxedo Club,  1 W Lake Rd Tuxedo Park, NY. $50 per person (cash bar)

Co-Sponsored by The Northwest Bergen History Coalition and, the Historical Society of Rockland County.

            Tuxedo Park is a rural idyll listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is singular among historic villages for boasting over 200 historical and architecturally significant houses nested in more than 2,000 acres of an unspoiled natural environment. Forged out of the wilderness of the Ramapo Mountains in 1886 by wealthy tobacco heir Pierre Lorillard IV on the shores of Tuxedo Lake, the Park was built as a resort haven and sportsman’s paradise for blue blood society.

            The gated village was soon transformed by Lorillard into an exclusive suburb synonymous with upper-class living. It was the birthplace of the tuxedo jacket, and its Autumn Ball launched the social and marital careers of generations of debutantes. Renowned Gilded-Age architects built in its bucolic landscape palaces in European historical styles for the Astor’s, Morgan’s and Vanderbilt’s.

            A man of many talents, Lorillard also managed a successful tobacco company. He raced horses. He raced sailing yachts. His scholarly interest propelled him to fund archaeological expeditions in South America. His wife wouldn’t come to his death bed, but chose to be buried next to him.

            The story of this fascinating man will be presented by Chiu Yin Hempel, author of an award-winning trilogy of full-color illustrated books on Tuxedo Park, covering its architecture, history and landscape. A senior publishing executive and a Trustee of the Preservation League of New York State, she has lived in Tuxedo Park for 20 years.

            The Club will be open at 11:30 for guests to enjoy the patio. Lunch will be served at noon.

 

 

RESERVATION FORM

  • Enclosed is my check for  tickets for the Tuxedo Park Luncheon on November 1 at $50 each. Total: $  

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RESERVATION DEADLINE: TUESDAY OCTOBER 18, 2017

Proceeds benefit members of the NW Bergen History Coalition and the Historical Society of Rockland County. Please Credit the historical society of:

            Allendale          Franklin Lakes            Glen Rock      The Hermitage             Mahwah Museum       Ramsey             Ridgewood      Oakland          Upper Saddle River                 Waldwick Museum of Local History                          Waldwick Signal Tower    Wyckoff          Historical Society of Rockland County

Your name will be on a list at the door. Directions will be emailed to you. Information: kayyeomans@optonline.net or 201.327.2236

Send checks payable to: U.S.R. Historical Society, 245 Lake Street, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458

 

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 docents 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 2-4 June – September. 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

Once 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.

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.