Northwest Bergen History Coalition History Day 2019

NW Bergen History Day 2019

 

Unlock the Door to Local History

History Day 2019, sponsored by the Northwest Bergen History Coalition, will be held on Saturday, May 4th from 11 AM to 4 PM.  For the price of $10, you can visit as many of the twelve NW Bergen museums and historic homes as you choose.

Each historic site will feature unique textiles, artifacts and ephemera and share information that will enhance your knowledge of Northwest Bergen County’s history. The museums and historic homes on the tour include:

       John Fell House 475 Franklin Turnpike in Allendale presenting a display of historic local maps, artifacts, and memorabilia in their new exhibit, “Maps and Memorabilia of Allendale and Surrounding Areas.”

      The Hermitage 335 N. Franklin Turnpike in HoHoKus showcasing their new exhibit on the life of Theodosia Prevost, who owned the Hermitage at the time of the Revolutionary War and later, married Aaron Burr.

      Mahwah Museum 201 Franklin Turnpike in Mahwah presenting an exhibit featuring citizens of Mahwah who served in the Great War including poet and soldier Joyce Kilmer who made the ultimate sacrifice.

      Van Allen House 3 Franklin Ave. in Oakland featuring a display of herbs and garden plants with a discussion of their traditional, medicinal, and historic uses.

      Old Stone House 538 Island Rd. in Ramsey opening with a special display of artifacts from a century of education in Ramsey in addition to their existing exhibits.

      Schoolhouse Museum 650 E. Glen Ave. in Ridgewood presenting an exhibit, “Here Comes the Bride,” with an exquisite collection of wedding dresses and accessories from 1780 through 1990.

      Hopper-Goetschius Museum 363 E. Saddle River Rd. in Upper Saddle River examining the earliest days in the Saddle River Valley and the lives of the Lenape Indians, the Europeans and African Americans.

     Waldwick Museum of Local History 4 Hewson Ave. in Waldwick will have as its main theme, the 100th anniversary of the incorporation of the Borough of Waldwick.   During the anniversary year a number of different exhibits will be on display celebrating the Borough’s history.

     Harvey Springstead Memorial Museum, 1 Bohnert Place in Waldwick featuring a display and discussion of the role of the railroad in the growth and development of Waldwick as the borough celebrates its 100th anniversary.

     Wyckoff Historical Society at Zabriskie Pond on Franklin Ave in Wyckoff welcoming visitors to a photographic exhibition, Faces and Places of Wyckoff, displayed in their newly renovated building that was once a barbershop.

     Zabriskie House 421 Franklin Ave. in Wyckoff will open the doors of this lovely historic home dating back to 1720 with its collection of historic and rare furnishings from the 17th to the 20th century.  The day will include demonstrations on spinning and weaving and children’s games.

 Tickets at $10 for an adult, free for children 16 and younger, will be on sale starting April 4th at The Hermitage on Wednesdays through Sundays 1 to 4, the Mahwah Museum on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays 1 to 4, Abma’s Farm Market 700 Lawlins Road in Wyckoff  on Mondays through Saturdays 9:00 to 5:00, and the Schoolhouse Museum on Thursdays and Saturdays from 1 to 3 and Sundays 2 to 4.

Tickets will also be on sale at each of the sites on History Day. All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit our historic sites.

Be a part of History Day 2019 and learn about local history at these wonderful museums and historic homes.  For more information about the day call Sheila Brogan at 201-652-7354 or email smbrogan@aol.com.

Patsy Ann Lamoreaux

 

Patsy Ann Lamoreaux

(1933-2019)

The Mahwah Museum mourns the passing of our founding member Patsy Ann Lamoreaux.

Patsy Ann Lamoreaux passed away peacefully on Friday, March 1, 2019 at the age of 85. Born in Woodcliff Lake, NJ, she was a long time resident of Mahwah. Before retiring, Patsy Ann was a payroll clerk with the Mahwah Board of Education for many years. She was the past Secretary of the Mahwah Historical Society, an avid knitter and crocheter of numerous afghans, blankets and infant caps; she was a member of carving clubs in Rockland County and the Northwest Senior Activity Center. She also sang in the Wyckoff YMCA Chorus. Patsy Ann is predeceased by her loving husband of 64 years, William Lamoreaux, who passed away in 2016. She is survived by her three loving sons: Stephen (Stephanie), Philip (Miho), Richard (Shelly); loving friend Gail Kelly; seven grandchildren, Nicole, Alexander, Julia, Gregory, Emma, Andrew, and Hannah; siblings: Raymond, Ruth, Barbara, James and John; brother-in-law John Lamoreaux (Joyce).

Contributions in Patsy Ann’s memory may be made to the Mahwah Museum, 201 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah, NJ 07430.

The Museum offers its condolences to her family.

A link to Patsys full obituary can be found here.

 

Gallery Talk- The DCMRR, a Look Back in Time

Gallery Talk
Bob Adler-The Donald Cooper Model Railroad, a Look Back in Time

On Sunday March 31, 2019 at 1:15 p.m.  Bob Adler, chairperson of the Donald Cooper Model RR committee and Mahwah Museum Trustee, will present a gallery talk about how the DCMRR came to find its permanent home as an exhibit at Mahwah Museum. This talk will take place in the train room, downstairs at 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.

All Aboard for a Gallery Talk covering the beginnings of the Donald Cooper Model Railroad exhibit at the Mahwah Museum!  See the railroad in its original form before moving to the museum.  I Think I Can, I Think I Can lay out some facts on how it has transitioned from a 13’x9’ layout to its current 13’x28’ DCC-powered operating railroad.  Conducted by Bob Adler who engineered this transition, the talk will be coupled with your admission into the museum.  Keep track of the date and time- Sunday, March 31 beginning at 1:15pm in the layout room. During the 45-minute talk, the railroad will be on the siding, not operating. Reservations for the gallery talk are recommended by contacting the museum by phone or on our website so that we may gauge the number of visitors.  If you’ve noticed at least five train references in this paragraph, you’re our kind of visitor!

This gallery talk is hosted by Mahwah Museum, located at 201 Franklin Turnpike Mahwah, NJ 07430.  The Museum is currently featuring the exhibits Kilmer: The Man Kilmer: The War Years, and WWI Part I and WWI Part II. 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 www.mahwahmuseum.org or call 201-512-0099 for information on events, membership and volunteering.

Vinyl Listening Party- Guitar Heros

Vinyl Listening Party

On Thursday March 28, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. Mahwah Museum will be hosting evening of wine and cheese followed by a vinyl record listening party, with the records played on an audiophile system. The event will take place at the Mahwah Museum, 201 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah, NJ 07430.

Admission:$20, paid in advance to reserve your spot.

Please click here to purchase your reservation online.

Contact programs@mahwahmuseum.org for more information or call 201-512-0099.

Mahwah Museum will be hosting its second Vinyl Listening Party on Thursday March 28, 2019. The evening will begin at 6:30 pm with wine and cheese, before the music begins.  This will be an opportunity to visit the outstanding collection of artifacts from the Les Paul Estate on exhibit at the museum. Les’ lathe, sound on sound machine, eight track and mixing board are all here and cannot be found anywhere else. The first Vinyl Listening Party in the museum was very well received,

The theme for the evening is: Guitar Heroes.

So hold on tight for Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Angus Young, Eric Clapton, Nancy Wilson, and many, many more! It will be a night of guitar anthems, most you’ll know well but some surprises, too!  And of course – the local guitar hero:  Les Paul.

A feature that night will be the 2010 Jeff Beck and Imelda May – How High the Moon – tribute to Les Paul on the one year of his death.

All coming, of course, off of audiophile vinyl records.

     Ray Ullmer, who will co-host this event, amid an amazing collection of Les Paul artifacts, has always been a huge music fan, and has been collecting albums in various formats since he was a teen. Throughout all that time, though, vinyl has always occupied a special place in his heart. When he recently upgraded his home system with a new turntable and speakers, he started the Cragmere Vinyl Club for like-minded music fans to play their favorite albums for each other. (https://www.facebook.com/groups/CragmereVinylClub)

Visit the Donald Cooper Model Railroad!

The Donald Cooper Model Railroad is open on weekends ONLY. The DCMRR is CLOSED on Wednesday’s.

Admission to the DCMRR is included with admission to the museum. Admission is $5.00 for non-members 17+, members and children are free.

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

Get on board with the Donald Cooper Model Railroad!  A four-level-high, DDC- controlled model train layout  has something for every size, child or adult.  The layout honors the importance of the railroad in Mahwah’s development and history!

The Donald Cooper Model Railroad continues to entertain children of all ages with seven trains running at a time. Adults and children delight as they watch over the four layers of the railroad, seeing the many wonderful things that are made possible only by the assistance of trains! As the passenger cars make their way through the Amtrak stops and the subway stations, and mine workers wait for their lumber load to arrive, thirty-car coal trains take large sweeping curves as they climb the grades of the two-track main mahwah5mahwah2line!

The Blue Main Line sits between the lower level and the large freight yard and passenger terminal. You can find either passenger or freight trains making their way along the rocky cliffs that identify this line. Trains coming from Union Station or the freight yard must enter this line before heading down the connector track to the large lower level main line.

Come visit our railroad to see it in action. See also our collection of Lionel “O” Gauge trains representing railroads all across the country and all types of locomotives.

This exhibit was made possible through the generous donations of Renee and Ebrima Darboe of Mahwah, New Jersey and the Margolis family of Ramsey, New Jersey.

Admission to the railroad is included in your admission to the museum. If you are interested in model railroading, we would welcome you as a member of our crew. The requirements are a love of the hobby, being twelve years of age or older, and becoming a member of the Mahwah Museum Society. If you have any questions please click here to email our train crew or call 201.512.0099 and leave a message for the train crew.

Please note: The DCMRR is NOT open on Wednesdays, it is NOT a train ride and it is NOT a free train display. The DCMRR is a permanent exhibit at Mahwah Museum, open Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4 Sept-June.

 

VOLUNTEER WITH THE DCMRR TRAIN CREW

Are you a train buff? The Donald Cooper Model Railroad is one of our most popular permanent exhibits. The layout is a favorite stop for children of all ages. For more information about how to volunteer with the DCMRR crew please click here.

MAHWAH MUSEUM OPEN FOR 2018-2019 SEASON WED., SAT. and SUN. 1-4 PM

 

We are now open with these exhibits:

We are featuring four exhibits for the 2018-2019 season, “Kilmer, The Man, Kilmer, The War Years, The First World War Part I and the First World War Part II.

Mahwah Museum is located at 201 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah, NJ 07430.

Admission to the museum is $5, free for museum members.

Our first exhibit “The First World War Part I and the First World War Part II ” will document the role of the United States in the First World War.

This exhibit commemorates the 100th anniversary of the United States entering the war, at the end of which most European Empires, except Great Britain, ceased to exist, and the League of Nations was formed to prevent the repetition of such a conflict. Mahwah Museum wants to share these events with younger generations not familiar with the Great War, as well as with older generations whose family histories may have been impacted by the war.

 

Our second exhibit “Kilmer, The Man & Kilmer, The War Years” will focus on local Poet Joyce Kilmer. “A patriot and warrior, a poet and lecturer, a husband and a father, a sergeant in WWI.”

 

2018 is the 100th anniversary of the death of Joyce Kilmer- poet, journalist and lecturer who enlisted in 1917 to join the fighting and died in action in July, 1918 as a Sergeant with the Fighting 69th. This exhibit tells the story of this greatly-admired hero.

When the Museum is reopened for the 2018-2019 season we will be featuring, aside from our new exhibits, our permanent exhibits:

Les Paul in Mahwah and The Donald Cooper Model Railroad.

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 on WEEKENDS ONLY, and NOT open on Wednesday. For information about joining the train crew, please email railroad@mahwahmuseum.org or call 201-512-0099.

Please note: the DCMRR is not a free train display (admission is free only for members of the museum) and it is not a train ride.

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.

Become a member of Mahwah Museum!

Join Us!

mahwah6Mahwah 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.

Individuals ($15)

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




Seniors ($10)

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



Family ($25)

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




Sponsors ($100-$249)

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 The Ramapough 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.

Mahwah Museum Benefactor – $1000+




Become a Volunteer Docent at 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- director@mahwahmuseum.org (201) 512-0099

Gallery Talk- Lou Pallo, My Time with Les Paul

Gallery Talk
Lou Pallo- My Time with Les Paul

Photo by Shahar Azran/WireImage

On Sunday May 05, 2019 at 1:15 p.m.  Lou Pallo, Jazz guitarist and member of the Les Paul Trio will present a gallery talk about his time playing with his good friend, Les Paul. This talk will take place in the upstairs gallery of 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.

Lou Pallo spent the longest time as a member of the Les Paul Trio. He is an accomplished Jazz guitarist, and  has recorded with and/or shared the stage with: Les Paul, Tony Bennett, Keith Richards, Sammy Davis, Jr. Rickie Lee Jones, John “Bucky” Pizzarelli and many others. He will share his many stories about playing with Les. Starting in the 1960’s when Les use to sit in at Molly’s Fish Market in Oakland, to joining the Trio in the 1980’s at Fat Tuesdays, to the move to the Iridium in 1995.  Lou was a constant until Les’ death in August 2009.

This gallery talk is hosted by Mahwah Museum, located at 201 Franklin Turnpike Mahwah, NJ 07430.  The Museum is currently featuring the exhibits Kilmer: The Man Kilmer: The War Years, and WWI Part I and WWI Part II. 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 www.mahwahmuseum.org or call 201-512-0099 for information on events, membership and volunteering.

John W. Bristow Papers Open for Research

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 archives@mahwahmuseum.org.

 

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