June 10th Concert-A Tribute To Lou Pallo

A Tribute to Lou Pallo

On Saturday June 10, 2017 from 2-4 p.m. the Mahwah Museum will host a tribute to Lou Pallo.  This will be an outdoor concert with performances by Lou Pallo, Bucky Pizzarelli and Ed Laub. Admission is free for all. Please feel free to come early to this event, the museum will be open for our regular hours, 1-4pm. Visitors can see the permanent “Les Paul in Mahwah” exhibit as well as our other exhibits “Mahwah’s Herstory, The Changing Roles of Women in Mahwah’s History” and “Medicine in Mahwah”. Admission to the museum is $5 for non-members, members and children are free. Contact programs@mahwahmuseum.org  or call 201-512-0099 for more information.

Lou Pallo has been a supporter and promoter of the museum for many years. He has given his time and energy to further our programs and exhibits. Lou has always been available to help us when needed.  When the Les Paul Foundation agreed to loan the museum important items from Les Paul’s estate Lou agreed to visit the museum and tell stories documenting the history of the Les Paul Trio.  As the longest serving member of the trio, he was in a unique position to tell this story.  In addition, he has given lectures and gallery talks for our members and visitors. This day is our opportunity to thank him for all that he has done for us. During this concert Lou will be joined by Bucky Pizzarelli and Ed Laub on the lawn of the museum. Please bring your lawn chairs or something comfortable to sit on and enjoy some excellent music!

This event 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.

 

 

Digitizing Fundraiser – Hosted by Digital Memory Media

Digitizing Fundraiser

Hosted by Digital Memory Media

Digital Memory Media will be offering a fundraising program that will provide the Mahwah Museum with an innovative and effective means to raise money, while also helping individuals preserve their personal memories. DMM will host this event on June 10, 2017 from 10-12 pm at the Museum, 201 Franklin Turnpike Mahwah, NJ. They will convert your personal  collections of old photographs, 8mm and 16mm films, slides, video tapes and every other media type into digital formats that will last forever.

 At the event, Digital Memory Media’s trained staff will accept new orders and answer questions. Orders can be tracked on DMM’s order tracking system. Original items are returned by courier directly to the patron along with DVD copies of their memories. All digital conversions are performed (in-house) at the safe and secure East Brunswick facility. The details on how this is all operates can be found on Digital Media Memory’s website, www.dmmem.com.  If you would like to attend this event please bring your media to be converted with you to the museum on the day of the event. DMM will donate 20 percent of the revenue to the Mahwah Museum. Reservations are not required.  Questions can be sent via the contact form on the Digital Memory media website, or by calling toll-free 800-380-9058 or 732-613-7170.

This event is hosted by Mahwah Museum, located at 201 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah NJ 07430.  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.

For additional information about this event please click here.

Preserve Your Old Films, Videos, and Photos!

Old media like this set of Birch family home movies are inaccessible in their current form.

Digitization is an amazing way of sharing historical resources, but did you know that it also serves as a means of preservation? Old photographs and newspapers deteriorate every year just from exposure to light, acids in the atmosphere, and handling. Audio-visual materials, like old 16mm film and videotapes are even more fragile and in some cases are unusable if you don’t have the proper playback equipment.

The Mahwah Museum is hosting an event on June 10, from 10am to 12 noon and invites you to bring you personal collection of photographs, 8mm and 16mm films, slides, videotapes and any other media that you may have. Consultants from Digital Memory Media will evaluate them and provide price quotes for digitizing them.  Details on the process can be found at http://www.dmmem.com.

A screen shot from one of the Birch family films, ca. 1920.

For a sample of what Digital Memory Media can do, we had them digitize some 16mm films made by the Birch family around 1920. These films are in rough shape, they have a vinegary smell and we did not even know if the film could be played. We also asked them to digitize a 16mm film from a 1961 Mahwah-Ramsey high school football film which had been kept in tin cases. The results were impressive! The 90-year old Birch films show family vacations and tantalizing images of bygone days. The 56-year old football films show the high school marching band and extremely clear game footage. Imagine what they can do with your baby videos from the 1990s, or photographic slide collections from your childhood.  You can view the digitized films at http://www.digifind-it.com/mahwah/videos.php

A screen shot from the 1961 Mahwah-Ramsey football game.

There are no reservations needed for this event and there is no commitment. If you do decide to have your family history materials digitized, Digital Memory Media will be taking orders at the event, and can take your films, photos and videos to their specialized facility in East Brunswick and deliver them back to  you by courier.

 

For more information about this event please click here.

Digital Memory Media will donate 20% of all orders made at the event to the Mahwah Museum.

June 21, 2017 Mahwah Museum Last Day for the 2016-2017 Season

June 21, 2017 Mahwah Museum Last Day for the 2016-2017 Season
The Mahwah Museum and Donald Cooper Model Railroad will be closed for the Summer after  Wednesday June 21, 2017. We will reopen in September, 2017.
The Old Station Museum and Caboose will be open June 25, 2017- September 2017 Sundays 2-4 pm.
June 21, 2017 will be the last day to see our current exhibits Medicine in Mahwah and Mahwah’s Herstory as they are now.
We will be updating these exhibits and adding some new exhibits over the Summer.
For more information about our exhibits please click here.
We thank all who visited this past year and look forward to seeing you at the Old Station Museum and Caboose and when we reopen in September.

Exhibits at the Mahwah Museum

**Please note: We cannot process credit or debit cards inside the museum.***

We are featuring two exhibits for the 2016-2017 season, “Mahwah’s Herstory” and “Medicine in Mahwah”.

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.

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.

The Museum is open for the 2016-2017 season featuring, aside from our new exhibits, our permanent exhibits:

Les Paul in Mahwah and The Donald Cooper Model Railroad, which 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.

Permanent exhibits:

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 October-June from 1-4 p.m. For information about joining the train crew, please email director@mahwahmuseum.org 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.

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 docents when the public is invited.

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