Now open for the Summer season!
The Old Station Museum and Caboose
Open Sundays 2-4 pm through September 24, 2017.
**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 2017 season, and will be open every Sunday from 2:00-4:00 PM through September 24, 2017. 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.
The Mahwah Museum and Donald Cooper Model Railroad are now CLOSED for the Summer
We will reopen on September 30, 2017
The Old Station Museum and Caboose will be open June 25, 2017- September 24, 2017 Sundays 2-4 pm.
**Please note: We cannot process credit or debit cards inside the museum.***
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 reopened for the 2017-2018 season we will be featuring, aside from our new and continuing exhibits, our permanent exhibits:
Les Paul in Mahwah and The Donald Cooper Model Railroad, which is open weekends ONLY 1-4 pm (CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR THE SUMMER).
The Museum will be open weekends and Wednesdays from 1-4 pm.; admission is $5 for non-members; members and children are free. We are currently closed for the Summer and will reopen on September 30,2017.
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 (currently closed for the Summer) September-June 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.
at the Mawhah Public Library 100 Ridge Rd Mahwah, NJ
in the Winter Room
Celebration of Centennial of WWI continues with a screening of the 1937 French film “La Grande Illusion” followed by a discussion with Professor Thomas Heed who Dean of American and International Studies at Ramapo College for forty years. Professor Heed lectures on the United States in World War I and World War II.
No registration is necessary. Seats are on a “first come” basis.
For further information please contact
at the Mahwah Public Library
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.
- Enclosed is my check for tickets for the Tuxedo Park Luncheon on November 1 at $50 each. Total: $
I wish to be seated with
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
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