Now open for the season!
The Old Station Museum and Caboose
Open Sundays 2-4 pm through September 2018.
1871 Old Station Lane, Mahwah, NJ 07430
**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 2018 season, and will be open every Sunday from 2:00-4:00 PM through September 2018. 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.
Mahwah Museum and Donald Cooper Model Railroad are now CLOSED for the Summer. They will reopen in September with new exhibits.
We thank all who visited us this past season, and look forward to welcoming you back in September.
Please visit us at the Old Station Museum and Caboose, open Sundays 2-4PM through September.
Over the Summer we updated our current exhibits and added two new exhibits.
For more information about the OSM please click here
Jazz Guitar Workshop with Gene Bertoncini
Join Jazz Guitar Master Gene Bertoncini, for an all-day Jazz Guitar Workshop, exploring and discussing jazz guitar, chord development, improvisation and techniques! The workshop will be held at the Mahwah Museum, 201 Franklin Turnpike Mahwah, NJ 07430, on Saturday, September 15, 2018 and will run from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm.
The workshop will conclude with a private performance for the students by Bertoncini. The $85.00 cost includes take-home materials, lunch, and a two-year museum membership. Students are asked to bring a guitar (acoustic or archtop, preferably, as amplifiers will be limited) to the workshop. All levels are welcome. For further information, please contact email@example.com.
Advanced registration and payment is required. Space is limited to fifteen students, so please register early. To register, by mail please send a check payable (for the full amount, $85.00) to Mahwah Museum, to: Mahwah Museum, 201 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah, NJ 07430.
To register online via PayPal, please click here.
Gene Bertoncini is one of the preeminent jazz guitarists’ active today. His fluid
technique and lyricism have won him international praise and accolades as the
“Segovia of jazz.” An eloquent and versatile improviser, Mr. Bertoncini has been heard with an extraordinary range of jazz greats, including performances and recordings with
Benny Goodman, Buddy Rich, Wayne Shorter, Hubert Laws, Paul Desmond among others, as well as such distinguished singers as Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, Nancy Wilson, Vic Damone, and Eydie Gorme.
The Washington Post proclaimed his solo appearance in New York City the best jazz concert of the year 1999. Mr. Bertoncini’s acclaim is hardly confined to this country. His CD, “Someone to Light Up My Life” which features his own arrangements of the compositions of the great bossa nova composer Antonio Carlos Jobim, won international raves. Brazilian critic’s and listener’s polls also named him the best acoustic jazz guitarist. Gene Bertoncini has just released a striking new solo CD, “Quiet Now” on the heels of his highly successful “Acoustic Romance,” which reached the top ten of the jazz playlists. Jazziz magazine’s March 2004 issue ranked it Number 1 in their list of the top 20 acoustic guitar CDs.
His newer cds: “Concerti” features Gene with a string quartet and bass; “Reunion” with Michael Mainieri, Michael Moore, Joe Corsello and “Joy” with Clay Jenkins and Ike Sturm.
A prolific and popular studio musician, Bertoncini honed his professional chops as a member of the Tonight Show band during Johnny Carson’s tenure, and he has worked with composers and arrangers such as Lalo Schifrin and Michael Legrand and has performed with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
In addition to an active performing and recording schedule, Gene teaches at the Eastman School of Music and William Patterson University. A New York City native, he graduated from the University of Notre Dame ‘59 with a degree in architecture. According to the New Yorker magazine, “Bertoncini is an affecting, highly original guitarist that moves easily back and forth between classical and jazz guitar.”
Gene was just nominated as the best jazz guitarist of the year (09) by the New York Jazz Press Association.
On January 20th, 2017, Gene Bertoncini received a distinguished award from the University of Notre Dame honoring his achievements in the performing arts. The Rev. Arthur S. Harvey, C.S.C., Award recognizes Gene’s distinguished work
as a jazz musician.
These workshops are made possible by a grant from the Les Paul Foundation and are hosted by the Mahwah Museum Society Inc.
“Old Ed” – Keeping Hobo History Alive
Wednesday, September 26, 7:00 pm, Mahwah Museum Layout Room (downstairs train room)
201 Franklin Turnpike Mahwah, NJ 07430
Admission 3.00$ for non-members, museum members and children are free.
Ed Griesel, secretary of the board of directors for the West Virginia Railway Museum located in Elkins, West Virginia, will be giving a talk about the life of a hobo on a special date and night for our lectures.
“Old Ed”, a moniker given him by one of his hobo friends, speaks to groups of all ages, but his favorite group is kids. While Ed has never bundled a few of his possessions in a red bandana, tied them to a bindle stick, and set out to live the life of a hobo, he does present the image of a classic hobo with his salt-and-pepper beard, herringbone sport jacket, gray pants, brown shoes, and red bandana around his neck. He keeps his audiences engaged by asking questions and telling the history of the hobos and their way of life. This should be a very entertaining and informative evening.
The lecture is scheduled for Wednesday, September 26 at a special time of 7:00 pm. This should allow school children to join in the fun. Refreshments will be served.
*Please note the change of day (Wednesday), time (7PM), and location (downstairs at Mahwah Museum).
This lecture is hosted by Mahwah Museum, located at 201 Franklin Turnpike. The Museum is currently closed for the summer and will reopen in September featuring the new exhibits Kilmer: The War Years and WWI . 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.
Model Train Sale and Swap Meet
To Benefit Mahwah Museum Society and the Donald Cooper Model Railroad
Saturday, October 13, 2018
At the Education Building of the Ramapo Reformed Church
100 West Ramapo Ave Mahwah, NJ 07430
Show Hours: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Admission- $5.00 per person over 12 years of age.
All scales represented.
Standard 6ft table- $35.00
Set up time- 7:00 AM
For tables contact Ralph Coviello
Email: click here
If you have any questions please click here to email or, call 201-512-0099 and leave a message for the train crew.
Join us for a luncheon & presentation by Elaine Weiss
Author of THE WOMAN’S HOUR
Thursday, November 1 at 11:30 A.M. Ramsey Country Club, 105 Lakeside Drive Ramsey, NJ 07446
Sponsored by The Northwest Bergen History Coalition
Admission: 50$ per person (cash bar)
Book signing at 11:30 AM, lunch will be served at 12 noon.
Join us as noted author Elaine Weiss shares a moment in history that changed all of our lives. in 1920, after 70 years of struggle begun by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution granting women the right to vote was near to passing. The amendment had 35 ‘yes’ votes but needed one more. Tennessee was their last chance. That August brought a divergent group of suffragettes “Suffs” to Tennessee, a holdout state that could push the count to 36. They came to confront the “Antis” (women who feared the moral decay of the family and the nation) and the Tennessee politicians who did not want women to influence the upcoming election.
Elaine Weiss brings together all the elements of this turbulent time in which “the core themes of American history-race,class, money, gender, state’s rights, power and democracy- all came to play in Nashville.” Indeed, the original suffragettes for women’s rights had begun as abolitionists working to abolish slavery. Now, descending on Tennessee, later suffragettes – led by Carrie Chapman Catt, Sue White and Alice Paul, who often differed among themselves, would be challenged by most men and by Josephine Pearson, proud leader of the Tennessee “Antis.”
Elaine Weiss is an award-winning journalists and writer. Her first book, Fruits of Victory: The Woman’s Land Army in the Great War was excerpted in Smithsonian Magazine online and featured on C-Span and public radio stations nationwide. Highly acclaimed by the New York Times Sunday Book Review, The Woman’s Hour has been optioned by Amblin TV for adaptation as either a TV movie or a limited series.
- Enclosed is my check for ____ tickets for the Coalition Luncheon on November 1 at $50 each. Total: $ ___
- Please reserve ___ book(s), The Woman’s Hour, at $20 each: $____ Check Total: $_____
I wish to be seated with
RESERVATION DEADLINE: TUESDAY OCTOBER 24, 2018
Proceeds benefit members of the NW Bergen History Coalition. 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 General Coalition ____
Your name will be on a list at the door. Directions will be emailed to you. Information: Michelle Dugan 201-995-0171
Send checks payable to: U.S.R. Historical Society, 245 Lake Street, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458
Note: For advance reading, books may be purchased ahead of time for $20 at The Hermitage Museum and Mahwah Museum
Become a Volunteer Docent at 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 Mahwah Museum!
Docents work on Saturdays, Sundays, or Wednesdays from 1pm to 4 pm September-June
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.
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 always has docents when the public is invited.
Please email or call the museum if interested- firstname.lastname@example.org (201) 512-0099