Feb. 6 – Alfred P. Smith: African American Newspaper Publisher

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 programs@mahwahmuseum.org to reserve seats.




Donald Cooper Model RR Open Every Weekend 1-4 pm!

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 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.

Please Note:

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.



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.

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