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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 now featuring for the 2017-2018 season, aside from our new and continuing exhibits, our permanent exhibits:
Les Paul in Mahwah and The Donald Cooper Model Railroad (The DCMRR is open weekends ONLY) 1-4 pm
The Museum is open weekends and Wednesdays from 1-4 pm.; admission is $5 for non-members; members and children are free.
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 from 1-4 p.m. For information about joining the train crew, please email email@example.com 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 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 mahwahmuseum.org or call 201-512-0099 for information on events, membership and volunteering.
Vinyl Record Night
On Tuesday October 24, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. The 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: The Mahwah Museum is asking that every attendee who is not already a Mahwah Museum member sign up for membership. The annual fee is $15 for an individual membership, $10 for senior membership, or $25 for a family (2 adults). If you are already a member, the suggested donation for the event (including wine and cheese reception) is $10. Contact email@example.com for more information or call 201-512-0099. Reservations are not required for this event.
Raymond Ullmer, founder of Cragmere Vinyl Club and hosts local vinyl listening parties, will be curating this event. The theme for the evening will be ‘music with New Jersey connections’. There will be a little something for everyone, old and new, laid-back and rocking. The evening will begin with a wine & cheese reception at 7p.m., and then move into the Les Paul in Mahwah exhibit at 8 p.m. for music.
This event is hosted by the Mahwah Museum, located at 201 Franklin Turnpike Mahwah, NJ 07430. 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 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.
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.
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org or 201.327.2236
Send checks payable to: U.S.R. Historical Society, 245 Lake Street, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458
Model Train Display at Mahwah Public Library
Beginning November 5 and running through November 11, the Museum will be hosting a special operating exhibit of our “O” gauge Lionel trains at the Mahwah Public Library, 100 Ridge Rd Mahwah, NJ 07430. These trains were donated to us by Abby and George Margolis in memory of Jerome Lewis Margolis, owner of Kinchley’s Tavern in Ramsey, New Jersey. Built by the museum’s train crew, the display will consist of an 8’ X 8’ layout containing two operating tracks. Admission for this special exhibit is free. The Mahwah Public Library is located at 100 Ridge Road Mahwah, NJ 07430.
Hours of operation at the Mahwah Library:
- Sunday, November 5 —- 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
- Monday, November 6 —- 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, November 7 —- 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, November 8 —- 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- Thursday, November 9 — 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
- Friday, November 10 —- 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- Saturday, November 11 — 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Normal operating hours for the Mahwah Museum are weekends and Wednesdays from 1-4 p.m. The Donald Cooper Model Railroad is open on weekends from 1-4 p.m Admission if $5 for non-members, children and Museum members are free. For more information call 201-512-0099.
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- email@example.com (201) 512-0099