In addition to archives and photographs, the Museum has a small collection of objects, or artifacts. These objects also tell the history of Mahwah and the surrounding region in a visual way. They are wonderful additions to exhibits and bring a tactile dimension to history. The Museum’s collection of the following kinds of objects is stronger in some types of artifacts than others.
Excavations in town have revealed hints of the pre-history of the Mahwah area. These projectile points, pottery, weapons and bone came from Mahwah Historical Society Collection.
Below are some clothes from a few of our collections. The lone black shoe was found in an archeological excavation on the Malcom property. The red dress belonged to the Snow family is from the Mahwah Historical Society Collection. The black hat from the 1950s comes from the Haledon Millinery and the Von Stevenick Hat Collection. The 19th century shoe and blouse are part of the Palmer-Kraus Collection.
The Museum has a selection of historic flags, donated by the Glasgow family.
Everyday items, collectibles, and special treasures all help tell us about the way that people used to live. Below we have a washing board and an Underwood typewriter from the Mahwah Historical Society Collection, a baseball card depicting Mahwah resident Curt Blefary from the __ Collection, a piece of a silver tea service from the Mahwah Woman’s Club Collection, and a papier mache puppet used at the Darlington School, from the Ted Glasgow Collection, a hard hat and commemorative glass from the American Brake Shoe Collection, a World-War 2 stretcher given the the Mahwah Civil Defense from the Mahwah Historical Society Collection, a table setting and menu from Pal’s Diner, ca. 1983 from our Pal’s Diner Collection, and Henry O. Havemeyer’s cigar band collection from the Stephanie Mayer Stein Collection.