Robert Armstrong Smith
Thursday March 12 at 7:00 p.m.
At Mahwah Bar and Grill, 2 Island Rd. Mahwah, NJ.
Mahwah Museum will be hosting another Mahwah history trivia night!
Calling local history buffs! Test your knowledge against your neighbors on all things Mahwah history. Join a team (of 4) or bring your friends for a one of a kind competition. Enjoy great food and refreshments.
There is no admission charge and a percentage of purchases made during/at the event will be donated to the Museum.
Contact Mahwah Bar & Grill at 201-529-8056 to reserve.
Palisades Amusement Park: A Century of Fond Memories
Palisades Amusement Park: A Century of Fond Memories (1998)
Saturday, March 7 at 11:00 am
at Mahwah Museum
Join us for a rare screening of “Palisades Amusement Park: A Century of Fond Memories.” Narrated by the legendary Ken Burns, the film looks into the history of this New Jersey landmark through the visitors and personalities who knew the park so well: Buddy Hackettt, Walter Cronkite, John Sebastian, Soupy Sales, Cousin Brucie and many others. The documentary won numerous awards for excellence including the 1998 ITVA Gold Award, the 1999 Telly Award and was nominated for an Emmy by the New York Chapter of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for Outstanding Historical/Cultural Programming. After the screening, there will be a discussion and Q&A with film producers Vince Gargiulo and David Comora. Screening will be 1 hour.
As the founder and executive director of the Palisades Amusement Park Historical Society, Vince Gargiulo began the extensive research of the New Jersey resort in 1991. With the cooperation of hundreds of residents, employees, and executives of the Park, Mr. Gargiulo has compiled the most comprehensive history of the Park ever written, Palisades Amusement Park: A Century of Fond Memories. The book was published in 1995 by Rutgers University Press and became the fastest selling book in the publisher’s history. In 1998, he wrote and co-produced the PBS documentary, Palisades Amusement Park: A Century of Fond Memories for public television.
The screening is free for museum members, $5 for non-members. Reservations are recommended; please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve seats.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
A Lecture by Lindsey Greene Barrett
March 5th at 7:30 pm
at Mahwah Museum
2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the nineteenth amendment, which gave American women the right to vote. Lindsey Greene Barrett will present the 70+ year story of the fight for women’s suffrage in the United States, and the influential women who brought it to fruition. New Jersey has its own unique voting history, and was home to several women who were integral to the suffrage movement, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Alice Paul. Ms. Barrett will discuss Mahwah’s ties to the movement, and how local communities were affected and became involved in the struggle for women’s rights.
Alice Paul in 1918
Lindsey Greene Barrett grew up in Mahwah and has lived in Wyckoff for the past two decades. She taught Women as Entrepreneurs at Fairleigh Dickinson for nine years, and has lectured widely on influential women in history.
The lecture is free for museum members; $5 for non- members. Refreshments will be served. Reservations are recommended; to reserve seats, please contact email@example.com or call 201-512-0099.
February 13 at 7:00 PM
at Mahwah Bar and Grill, 2 Island Rd., Mahwah, NJ
The Mahwah Museum will host a Palisades Amusement Park trivia night!
Fans of The Palisades Amusement Park can test their knowledge against their neighbors’ about the history of the legendary amusement park, from its opening in 1898 to its close in 1971. Participants can join a team (of 4), or cheer on friends, during this one-of-a-kind competition. This special event will be held at the Mahwah Bar and Grill; there will be no admission charge and a percentage of food and beverage purchased during the event will be donated to the Mahwah Museum. Prizes will be awarded to the winning team, and one lucky participant will receive a door prize.
Museum Trustee Wade Morgan will MC, and Vince Gargiulo, Executive Director of Palisades Amusement Park Historical Society, will judge. Contact Mahwah Bar & Grill at 201-529-8056 to reserve a table.
A lecture by Arnold E. Brown
at Mahwah Museum
Thursday, February 6 at 7:30 PM
Bergen County Historian Arnold E. Brown will tell the story of Alfred P. Smith, an African American from Saddle River who published The Landscape out of his home. Smith acted as the editor, printer and publisher of the newspaper, which he originally “intended as A LETTER TO OUR FRIENDS on matters of interest.” The newspaper remained in circulation in the Saddle River Valley from the early 1880s until Smith’s death in 1901. Filled with neighborhood news, political commentary and local advertisements, The Landscape is considered a valuable resource for Saddle River Valley historical research.
Bergen County Historian Arnold E. Brown
Presenter Arnold E. Brown is a civil rights leader who founded the Du Bois Book Center in Englewood, which specializes in African American Studies and Black Studies. Brown is the Bergen County Chair of African American Advisory Committee and the Martin Luther King Monument Committee. He is the author of Black Loyalists in Bergen County and “The Book of Negroes,” in the Revolutionary War in Bergen County, and is co-author of Images of America: Englewood and Englewood Cliffs and Past and Promise: Lives of New Jersey Women. A member of the Bergen County Historic Preservation Advisory Board and the Bergen County Human Relations Committee, Arnold Brown is the first African-American person from Bergen County elected to the NJ State Legislature.
This lecture is free for museum members and $5 for non-members. Refreshments will be served. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve seats.
Family Favorite! The Donald Cooper Model Railroad is open every weekend from 1-4 pm.
Free for children and Museum members – $5.00 for non-members.
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 line!
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.
The Donald Cooper Model Railroad is a permanent exhibit at Mahwah Museum, open Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4 pm, September though June. The model Railroad is not open on Wednesdays. It is not a train ride and it is not a free train display. The Donald Cooper Model Railroad is one of our most popular permanent exhibits. The layout is a favorite stop for children of all ages.
VOLUNTEER WITH THE DCMRR TRAIN CREW
Are you a train buff? ff you are interested in model railroading, we would welcome you as a member of our train 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. For more information about how to volunteer with the DCMRR crew please click here.
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 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 – $20
Any Youngs, Hagermans, Bodines out there?
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.