The Mahwah Museum, 201 Franklin Turnpike, announces the following events and activities:
New Jersey Fights in the Civil War: Remembering Soldiers Buried in Mahwah exhibit through June 2012. This exhibit, in honor of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, has documentation about the service of Civil War soldiers who are buried in Mahwah as well as interesting artifacts such as uniforms, weapons and Confederate money. The “Peace Democrats” of Bergen County are featured as well as a display about women and children in the War Between the States.
Les Paul in Mahwah: A Tribute. This wildly popular exhibit celebrates the life and genius of Les Paul who lived in Mahwah for over 50 years. Replicas of his studio and workshop from his home contain sound equipment actually used in his invention of the multi-track recording process first made popular in his 1950’s recordings with his wife, Mary Ford. Remarkable guitars are also on display. Through June 2012.
The Donald Cooper Railroad. A huge attraction for people of all ages, the Donald Cooper HO Scale Model Railroad is constantly growing and improving. Three levels of track and realistic scenery make this railroad a “must see.”
New Jersey State Parks, a talk on April 12, 2012 by Kevin Woyce, New Jersey historian and raconteur. The presentation includes photos of many of New Jersey's beautiful state parks, vintage maps and images of historic people, places, and events. Ramapo Reformed Church, 7:30 p.m. Admission $3, members free.)
Gallery Talk with Russ Paul. Join us at the Museum on April 17, 2012 for an evening of conversation with Les Paul’s son, who shares memories and stories about his father, and gives participants a rare and unique glimpse into the life of the music legend. Seating is limited to 25, so reserve early. Admission $10.
Living History: A Civil War Encampment. On April 21, 2012, the 15th New York Cavalry, a Civil War reenactor unit will be encamped on the lawn outside the museum. Come and be part of this living history experience and step back in time to the life of the soldier during the war years. Free.
Les Paul’s Birthday Party. In June Les Paul would have been 97 years old. The Museum will celebrate with a party at 7:30 p.m. on June 9 at the Trustees Pavilion at Ramapo College. This event will feature wine, hors d’oeuvres, and light fare, musical entertainment, a live auction of autographed guitars, a silent auction, and a raffle drawing for two special autographed guitars. Tickets $25 and raffle tickets $25
The Museum is open on Wednesdays and Weekends from 1-5 p.m. Admission is $5; members and children under 12 are free. For more information and reservations on all of these events got to www.mahwahmuseum.org. or call 201.512.0099.