On Saturday June 9, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. Lou Pallo, musician, friend the museum and founding member of the of Les Paul, will join the museum in celebration of Les Paul’s 103rd Birthday Lou will play music and share stories about his more than thirty-five years as a member of the Les Paul Trio. This event will take place at the Mahwah Museum.
This event is included with museum admission. If you are a member of the museum, please bring along your membership card for free admission.
Mahwah Museum invites you to come listen to Lou play, and hear his stories of his friendship and time playing with Les. We invite you also to visit our Les Paul in Mahwah exhibit and to enjoy birthday cake in honor of Les’ birthday.
Mahwah’s Relation to the 19th Century History of the United States
This lecture has been rescheduled from an earlier date.
On Thursday June 7, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Yvonne Beatrice, a recently retired American History teacher at Mahwah High School will present this lecture. Part of Mahwah Museum’s Lecture Series, the lecture will take place at Mahwah Museum 201 Franklin Tunrpike Mahwah, NJ. Admission is $3, free for museum members. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations or call 201-512-0099. Refreshments will be served afterwards.
If you held a mirror to 19th century Mahwah, what image would be reflected therein? Well, for over a dozen years, students participating in the Mahwah Project at Mahwah High School have found the answer to be…America. During this lecture Yvonne Beatrice will explore the evidence that is found in Mahwah that places it in sync, for better or worse, with the 19th century history of the United States. Yvonne Beatrice has been a teacher of American history for 25 years. She has been recognized as: The 2012 Daughters of the American Revolution New Jersey Teacher of the Year, The 2010 Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History’s New Jersey Preserve America History Teacher of the Year, The College of New Jersey Outstanding Educator Award 2009, Yvonne’s students were featured in the 2013 NJEA Classroom Close-Up segment entitled “Local Historian”.
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.
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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”.
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.
Our third 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 fourth exhibit “The First World War” will document the role of Mahwah and Bergen county in the First World War. ” From Sarajevo to Versailles.”
The Museum also features for the 2017-2018 season, 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 Model 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
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.
Mahwah Museum receives operating support from the New Jersey Historical Commission in the Department of State.
Mahwah Museum hopes you will become part of our family of members and patrons. Membership includes free admission to the Museum and to our Lecture and Gallery Talk series.
We accept credit cards (online ONLY) though Paypal. Should you wish to join us by mail, please send your check and vital information to Mahwah Museum, 201 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah, NJ 07430. Please make checks payable to Mahwah Museum. We thank you for your participation.
An Individual Member gets a membership card which entitles the Member to free admission to the Museum; free admission to all of our lectures and gallery talks; invitations to member events; free subscription to the newsletter ; and voting privileges at the annual meeting. Dues are $15 per year per person. Enjoy our most economical membership for individuals under 62 years of age.
Individual Membership – $15
An individual who has reached the age of 62 can have all the benefits of an Individual Membership at a reduced price. Dues are $10 per year per person.
Museum Senior Membership – $10
A Family Membership gets a membership card which entitles the all members of an immediate family (parents, plus children under the age of 18) to free admission to the Museum; free admission to all of our lectures and gallery talks; invitations to member events; free subscription to the newsletter; and voting privileges at the annual meeting. Voting privileges are extended to both adults.
Museum Family Membership – $25
Sponsorships are an important way in which individuals can provide much needed support to the Museum. Individual Sponsors get a membership card which entitles members of the Sponsor’s immediate family (parents, including children under the age of 18) to free admission to the Museum; free admission to all of our lectures; invitations to member events; free subscription to the newsletter; and voting privileges at the annual meeting. In addition voting privileges are extended to a second adult. The Sponsor is recognized in the Museum, on Museum literature, and on our web site. The following are levels of sponsorship:
Mahwah Museum Sponsor $100 – $249
Museum Supporter ($250 – $499)
The Supporter level is available to both individuals and businesses. The Supporter level is an important way in which individuals or businesses can provide much-needed support to the Museum. Supporters get a membership card which entitles members of the Supporter’s immediate family (including spouse, and children under the age of 18) to free admission to the Museum; free admission to all of our lectures; invitations to member events; free subscription to the newsletter; and voting privileges at the annual meeting. In addition, voting privileges are extended to both adults. The Supporter is recognized in the Museum, on Museum literature, and on our website.
Supporters will receive a signed copy of Images of America: Mahwah by Carol W. Greene.
Mahwah Museum Supporter – $250-$499
Museum Patron ($500 – $999)
Our Patrons are those who give $500 – $999 in cash, or in goods and services, during a year. Patrons get free admission to the Museum; free admission to lectures and gallery talks; a free subscription to the newsletter; invitations to Museum events; voting privileges at the annual meeting; and recognition as a Patron in the Museum, on Museum literature, and on the Museum’s website and a link to the member’s website.
Patrons will receive one signed copy of TheRamapough Chronicles by Carol W. Greene. Click here to become a Patron.
Mahwah Museum Patron – $500 – $999
Museum Benefactor ($1000+)
Our Benefactors are those individuals or businesses who pay dues of $1,000+ in a year. Benefactors get free admission to the Museum; free admission to lectures and gallery talks; free subscription to newsletters; invitations to Museum events; voting privileges at the annual meeting; and special recognition as a Benefactor of the Museum on Museum literature and on the Museum’s website and may include a link to the member’s web site. This may include a designated sponsorship of an activity, publication, and/or exhibit as discussed with donor and Museum.
Benefactors will receive one signed copy of The Ramapough Chronicles by Carol W. Greene.
It takes a lot of volunteers to keep our Museum running smoothly.
Docents are volunteers who open our museum to visitors on Wed., Sat., or Sun. from 1PM – 4PM each week from Sept. to June. They also open the 1871 Old Station and 1921 Erie Caboose on Sundays from 2-4 July – September. Docents are paired with experienced docents, and learning is exciting for both docents and visitors.
On selected days some of our volunteers, under the direction of our archive director, meet at the Museum to explore our archival collections. We have many uncatalogued boxes of archival and photographic material that need to be opened, sorted, classified and input into our database. We will train you in the protocol for using our computer. This is a great volunteer opportunity for college students and people who are available during the day. The ability to type and/or some computer knowledge is helpful. Please email or call the museum if interested- firstname.lastname@example.org (201) 512-0099
The success of the Museum depends on our ability to raise funds. We are constantly writing grant proposals to government agencies and private foundations. We are always looking for new and fresh fundraising ideas. Our members are important to this effort and we encourage anyone, with or without experience, to help.
Once a year we change parts of our exhibit. Once our theme is set, if you like to research and write materials, you will be guided in how to do that and be expected to collect graphic materials, write descriptions and suggest how the exhibit is to be hung. If you are artistic, we need help in preparing our presentation materials: cutting, cropping, pasting, framing and hanging. If you like to climb ladders, there is always need for people to focus our lighting. If you can wash windows or vacuum floors, we need you, too.
Are you a train buff? The Donald Cooper Model Railroad is a favorite stop for children of all ages.
Our Donald Cooper Model Railroad volunteer team meets on Wednesday evenings to work on our large HO railroad. Some of our volunteers are carpenters, electricians, computer experts, train maintenance people, artists, or model railroad engineers. They meet weekly to work on the railroad, and some like to volunteer as docents on weekends to run the railroad and answer questions for museum visitors. The Railroad is constantly growing and changing, so help is always appreciated. Our Railroad volunteers also keep the trains running for the public, for scout groups, and for other special occasions.
Please email or call the museum if interested- email@example.com (201) 512-0099
We have lots of things for college students to do, depending on their majors and interests. They can help us with our archives, docent, conduct oral histories, or research for us. Interns have helped catalog our library, made films and videos, and assisted in the analysis of archaeological digs. While a great experience for history students, our interns have also included future librarians, computer majors, and law students. Interns can get credits at their college for their experience on their resumes. Click for more information.
Please include what area of the museum you would be interested in interning with in your email.
After over a year of work, the Museum’s archive volunteers have completed processing the John W. Bristow Papers. Archivist Cathy Moran Hajo worked with a team of volunteers and college students to organize, re-house, and describe one of the Museum’s largest and richest archival collections. A guide to his papers has been posted on the Museum website.
John W. Bristow (1924-2010) was a high school teacher with an abiding interest in history. He moved to Mahwah in 1973 and became involved with the work of the Mahwah Historical Society and the Mahwah Historic Sites Commission. He became Mahwah Town Historian in 1993 and is best-known for his newspaper column “This Month In Mahwah History” which ran in the Home and Store News from 1985-1992.
John W. Bristow, taken in 2008 (Courtesty of Ruth Bristow Portela).
The Bristow Papers was a large and unorganized collection when it arrived at the Museum. After separating materials like newspaper clippings, Mahwah Historical Society and Mahwah Historical Sites Commission records, and duplicates, the collection still spans 24 boxes! Among its highlights are John Bristow’s many presentations on local history, a rich collection of photographs and the photographic slides that accompanied his lectures, and ephemera he gathered while conducting research.
We could not have completed this major reorganization without the help of a dedicated team of students who volunteered on Saturday mornings. We want to thank Kevin Cosenza, Jeffrey Fischer, Meg Hajo, Lee Herman, Nicholas Incorvaia, Cristina Macari, and Jennifer Zgola for all their efforts to make this collection available to researchers. I would also like to thank Ruth Bristow Portela, John Bristow’s daughter, for sharing photographs and biographical information that we used to write up the guide to his papers.
To view the papers, please arrange an appointment by either calling the Museum or e-mailing the archives directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re doing some shopping on Amazon.com, please consider using the Amazon Smile program and donating part of your purchase to the Mahwah Museum! Amazon Smile is a program run by the online retailer, Amazon, which will automatically donate 0.5% of your purchases to the charity you select. It costs you (and the charitable organizations) nothing, and it’s just like shopping on Amazon normally, but you get to do a world of good.
The Mahwah Museum is part of the Amazon Smile program and with a few simple steps, the 0.5% of your purchases made on Amazon can be donated to the Museum… which will in turn be used in the upkeep and running of our facility, new exhibits, programs, lectures, gallery talks, and all of the things that make the Mahwah Museum an integral part of the community.
To start donating, you simply visit smile.amazon.com, go to your account settings, and change your charity to The Mahwah Museum. It’s just like shopping on Amazon—only you get to support your favorite charity without doing anything extra (not even donating time or effort).
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
The Mahwah Museum archives are processing a large collection of photographs from the Martha Young Kuklinski Collection which document the lives of J. Frank Young (1905-1960) and Henrietta Morriss Young (1909-1984) and their families, ranging 1910-1940s. There are also some older historical family photographs. Henrietta Morriss’ mother was Bessie Hagerman and she lived with Andrew Hagerman. The photos from this branch of the family are fairly well labeled. The photographs of the Youngs, who came from Tallman, often have no labels at all. J. Frank Young’s mother was Anne Jane Bodine and his father was John Franklin Young. His siblings were Alta, Freda, and John Young. If you can help up put names to faces, it would make this collection much more useful to researchers.