Jan. 18 – Life at Ramapo in Year One: Faculty Perspective

A Panel Discussion


With first-year faculty and staff:  Jay Wholley, Flavia Alaya, Mitch Kahn, Pam Bischoff, Bev Dunn

Moderator: Charlie Carreras

January 18th at 11:00 am

at Mahwah Museum

The faculty hired to open Ramapo College had a unique role in developing innovative curriculum for an experimental college. Brought in only a few months before the school opened, they had to scramble to develop classes, policies, and governance. When classes began in 1971 the buildings were not all completed and some faculty had to teach at the Nike Missile Base, while construction continued on campus. The panelists will share their stories of teaching, working with students, and overcoming the challenges of Ramapo’s first year.

Free for College students and museum members, $5 for non-members.

Please reserve at programs@mahwahmuseum.org or call 201-512-0099.

For those attending the lecture, the Museum will open for a preview of the A College Comes to Mahwah exhibit from 10:00–11:00 am.  It will also be open from 1-4pm that day.

Santa to Visit Donald Cooper Model Railroad!

Santa Claus will make a special appearance  on Friday, December 20 from 7:00 p.m. until 7:30 pm

at the Donald Cooper Model Railroad

Mahwah Museum

Friday nights from November 29 to December 20, the Donald Cooper Model Railroad will be open from 6-8:00 pm.  The railroad is also open during our regular hours, Saturday and Sunday from 1-4:00 pm.

Admission for the special Friday hours will be the same as the normal museum admission pricing, free for children and museum members, $5 for non-members.

Fun for children of all ages!


For more information about the Donald Cooper Model Railroad, please click here.

Donald Cooper Model RR Open Every Weekend 1-4 pm!

Family Favorite!  The Donald Cooper Model Railroad is open every weekend from 1-4 pm.

Free for children and Museum members –  $5.00 for non-members. 

Get on board with the Donald Cooper Model Railroad!  A four-level-high, DDC- controlled model train layout  has something for every size, child or adult.  The layout honors the importance of the railroad in Mahwah’s development and history!

The Donald Cooper Model Railroad continues to entertain children of all ages with seven trains running at a time. Adults and children delight as they watch over the four layers of the railroad, seeing the many wonderful things that are made possible only by the assistance of trains! As the passenger cars make their way through the Amtrak stops and the subway stations, and mine workers wait for their lumber load to arrive, thirty-car coal trains take large sweeping curves as they climb the grades of the two-track main mahwah5mahwah2line!

The Blue Main Line sits between the lower level and the large freight yard and passenger terminal. You can find either passenger or freight trains making their way along the rocky cliffs that identify this line. Trains coming from Union Station or the freight yard must enter this line before heading down the connector track to the large lower level main line.

Come visit our railroad to see it in action. See also our collection of Lionel “O” Gauge trains representing railroads all across the country and all types of locomotives.

This exhibit was made possible through the generous donations of Renee and Ebrima Darboe of Mahwah, New Jersey and the Margolis family of Ramsey, New Jersey.

Please Note:

The Donald Cooper Model Railroad is a permanent exhibit at Mahwah Museum, open Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4 pm, September though June.  The model Railroad is not open on Wednesdays.  It is not a train ride and it is not a free train display. The Donald Cooper Model Railroad is one of our most popular permanent exhibits. The layout is a favorite stop for children of all ages.



Are you a train buff? ff you are interested in model railroading, we would welcome you as a member of our train crew. The requirements are a love of the hobby, being twelve years of age or older, and becoming a member of the Mahwah Museum Society. If you have any questions please click here to email our train crew or call 201.512.0099 and leave a message for the train crew.  For more information about how to volunteer with the DCMRR crew please click here.

Help Support the Mahwah Museum with Amazon Smile!

If you’re doing some shopping on Amazon.com, please consider using the Amazon Smile program and donating part of your purchase to the Mahwah Museum! Amazon Smile is a program run by the online retailer, Amazon, which will automatically donate 0.5% of your purchases to the charity you select. It costs you (and the charitable organizations) nothing, and it’s just like shopping on Amazon normally, but you get to do a world of good.
The Mahwah Museum is part of the Amazon Smile program and with a few simple steps, the 0.5% of your purchases made on Amazon can be donated to the Museum… which will in turn be used in the upkeep and running of our facility, new exhibits, programs, lectures, gallery talks, and all of the things that make the Mahwah Museum an integral part of the community.
To start donating,  you simply visit smile.amazon.com, go to your account settings, and change your charity to The Mahwah Museum. It’s just like shopping on Amazon—only you get to support your favorite charity without doing anything extra (not even donating time or effort).