Lecture: The Champion a Story of Americas First Film Town

The Champion: A Story of America’s First Film Town

On Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. Tom Meyers, executive director of the Fort Lee Film Commission, will present a screening of the film  “The Champion: A Story of America’s First Film Town”. The film will run for about 40 minutes and will be followed by a Q&A with Tom.  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.

This documentary was produced by the Fort Lee Film Commission in 2016 and is making the circuit of film festivals. Tom Meyers is the Executive Director and Founder of the Fort Lee Film Commission. He is a lifelong resident of Fort Lee and. His grandmother , born there in 1901, was an extra in the silent films era as a young girl and as a teen she became a film cutter for Éclair  Studio in Fort Lee.  Once the major studios left Fort Lee by 1925 she spent the rest of her life in the Consolidated Republic Film Lab in Fort Lee where other family members worked as well.  Meyers worked for NBC News in their archive before moving onto ABC News as an archivist. From there was hired by the borough of Fort Lee as the Administrator of Cultural & Heritage Affairs.  He founded the Fort Lee Film Commission in 2000.

This lecture is hosted by Mahwah Museum, located at 201 Franklin Turnpike.  The Museum is currently featuring the new 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.

Gallery Talk: Mahwah’s Herstory

Gallery Talk: Mahwah’s Herstory: The Changing Roles of Women in Mahwah’s History

Presented by Cathy Moran-Hajo

 On Sunday, March 12 at 1:15 p.m., Cathy Moran-Hajo, archive director of the Mahwah Museum will present a gallery talk about the changing roles of women in Mahwah’s History. The talk will take place in the upstairs gallery of the Mahwah Museum.  Seating is limited; advance reservations are recommended.  To reserve, email gallerytalks@mahwahmuseum.org or call 201-512-0099.  Gallery Talks are free with Museum admission.

This gallery talk will be an extension of one of the Mahwah Museums current exhibits, Mahwah’s Herstory: The Changing Roles of Women in Mahwah’s History. The talk will examine the roles of women in Mahwah’s history. Cathy will highlight 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.

The Mahwah Museum is located at 201 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah.  Museum hours are weekends and Wednesdays from 1-4 pm.  Current exhibits at the Mahwah Museum include: Medicine in Mahwah and Mahwah’s Herstory: The Changing Roles of Women in Mahwah’s History.  Permanent exhibits are: Les Paul in Mahwah and The Donald Cooper Model Railroad, which is open weekends 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.

 The Mahwah Museum receives operating support from NJ Historical Commission, Department of State.

 

Gallery Talk- Joyce Kilmer: The War Years

Gallery Talk

Joyce Kilmer: The War Years

On Sunday April 9, 2017  at 1:15 p.m. Tetsu and Linda Amagasu, Trustees of the Mahwah Museum, will present a gallery talk about the local author Joyce Kilmer’s time spent fighting in World War I with the “Fighting 69th”. 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.

Although he was not obligated for service in WWI Joyce Kilmer nonetheless enlisted. Though eligible for commission as an office and often recommended for such posts, he refused any rank above sergeant. Tetsu and Linda will cover these questions as well as his regiment and dedication, his duties and life on the war front, his last mission and death in France on July 30, 1918 as well as some poems he wrote during the war such as “Rouge Bouquet.”

“There is on earth no worthier grave To hold the bodies of the brave Than this place of pain and pride Where they nobly fought and nobly died.”- Joyce Kilmer. Rouge Bouquet.

The Mahwah Museum is located at 201 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah NJ 07430. Museum hours are weekends and Wednesdays from 1-4 pm. Current exhibits at the Mahwah Museum include” Medicine in Mahwah and Mahwah’s Herstory: The Changing Roles of Women in Mahwah’s History. Permanent exhibits are: Les Paul in Mahwah and The Donald Cooper Model Railroad, which is open weekends only from 1-4 pm. Admission to the Museum, is $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.

Exhibits at the Mahwah Museum

Exhibits at
The
Mahwah Museum

One new exhibit examines the roles 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.

Our second new exhibit highlights the history of medicine in Mahwah. Iit examines the growth and development of the medical field with highlights on Mahwah’s practitioners, their methods and instruments throughout various periods.

World War I Centennial Bazaar

SAVE THE DATE
Saturday, May 20, 2017
World War I Centennial Bazaar


Sponsored by the NW Bergen History Coalition

On The Grounds of The Hermitage, 11am to 5 pm
Plan to join us as we step back to a momentous time in our history – the entrance of America into World War I- at our Centennial Bazaar on the beautiful grounds of The Hermitage in Ho-Ho-Kus. It will be an event you don’t want to miss!

Highlights of the Day Include:

PERFORMANCES BY:

Woodrow Wilson from the American History Theater-Joyce Kilmer Society of Mahwah-Waldwick Band-Centennial Flag folding ceremony by Saving Hallowed Ground- Ramapo College Canta Nova Chorale-Suffragist Harriet Stanton Blatch- World War I Color Guard stopping by on their way to Camp Merritt

ACTIVITIES FOR YOUNG AND OLD:

Games- Clowns-a Fortune Teller-WWI Era Food- Vintage Cars-Vintage Music-WWI Uniform Displays-Afternoon Tea on the Porch of The Hermitage-Clothing from the Early 20th Century-Local Musical Groups

BOOTHS & DEMONSTRATIONS:

National Guard Military Museum of NJ-War Gardens, Hermitage Gardeners-Lace Making-World War I Knitting-Suffrage Movement-Ridgewood League of Women Voters-Rutherford World War I Centennial Committee

IN THE HERMITAGE’S JACQUA HALL:

Displays by Coalition members of World War I artifacts from their collections as well as by organizations that were part of the WWI effort, such as the American Red Cross, the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts, the VFW and more.

Corporate Sponsors & Volunteers for the Day are Welcome:

We are soliciting Corporate Sponsors. Your names will be in a brochure to be handed out and on signage that day. Volunteers are also needed. To become a sponsor or a volunteer, please contact Sheila Brogan at 201-652-7354.

Sponsoring NE Bergen Coalition Museums:

The Hermitage, Ho-Ho-Kus; The Mahwah Museum, Mahwah; The John Fell House, Allendale; The Schoolhouse Museum, Ridgewood; Waldwick Signal Tower, Waldwick; Hopper-Goetschius House Museum, Upper Saddle River; The Museum at the Station, Glen Rock; The Zabriskie House, Wyckoff; Van Allen House, Oakland; Waldwick Museum of Local History, Waldwick; The Old Stone House, Ramsey.

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 a docent when the public is invited.

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