Northwest Bergen History Coalition 8th Annual History Day

Northwest Bergen History Coalition 8th Annual History Day

Tour 10 NW Bergen Museums with one ticket!

How Immigration and the Railroad shaped our towns

Saturday, April 28, 2018 10am to 4pm

Tickets: $15 Day of Event Save $5, Available in advance for $10 at:


The Mahwah Museum 201 Franklin TPKE., Wed, Sat & Sun., 1-4 p.m.

The Schoolhouse Museum, Ridgewood, Thurs & Sat 1-3 p.m.; Sundays 2-4 p.m.

The Hermitage, Ho-Ho-Kus Franklin TPKE., Wed. thru Sun., 1 to 4 p.m.

Be sure to also pick up a “Fun Ticket” for kids!



The towns in NW Bergen County were settled in the 18th century by immigrants from countries in Europe and Africa. Through the centuries the number of countries grew. Today, we have immigrants from all over the world. Come see how they impacted the towns where they settled and how they enrich us today.

The railroad came to NW Bergen in the mid-19th century, bringing with it, jobs, prosperity and immigrants. Come see how trains affected our towns, and the immigrants that came on them, came to work on them, and decided to stay. Businesses developed around the railroad stations, defining what would become the towns we know today.


The Hermitage, Ho-Ho-Kus

Waldwick Signal Tower

Van Allen House, Oakland

The Mahwah Museum and the Old Station Museum, Mahwah

The John Fell House, Allendale

The Old Stone House, Ramsey

The Zabriskie House, Wyckoff

The Schoolhouse Museum, Ridgewood

The Museum at the Station, Glen Rock

Hopper-Goetschius House Museum, Upper Saddle River

Make Checks payable to: USR Historical Society – All proceeds benefit the 10 museums

Children under 12 are Free and will receive a Special Fun Ticket

For information call: 201-652-7354 or visit

Lecture- The Les Paul I Knew

The Les Paul I Knew


On Thursday May 10, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Michael Braunstein will offer his unique perspective on Les Paul as a successful musician, innovated engineer and creative marketer.  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 for reservations or call 201-512-0099.  Refreshments will be served afterwards.

Michael is the third generation of his family to work as Les’s manager. His grandfather started with Les in 1952 and Michael took over from his father in 1990 and was with Les until his passing in 2009. Michael, currently the Executive Director of the Les Paul Foundation, brings a wealth of knowledge beyond the music. This will be a special opportunity to learn and understand a different side of Les Paul.

This lecture is hosted by Mahwah Museum, located at 201 Franklin Turnpike.  The Museum is currently 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 or call 201-512-0099 for information on events, membership and volunteering.


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