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Museum Will Celebrate Les Paul's Memory For Another Year

Mahwah Museum extends 'most popular exhibit ever' through June 2013

The ’s wildly popular ‘Les Paul in Mahwah’ exhibit is not closing down at the end of this month, as originally planned. According to a release sent out by the Museum Wednesday, the exhibit has been renewed for another year.

According to the release, ‘Les Paul in Mahwah’ will remain open on Sundays this July from 1-5 p.m. After closing in August, the exhibit will resume on Wednesdays and weekends from 1-5 p.m. from September 2012 through June 2013.  

Museum President Tom Dunn said the Les Paul exhibit has been the most popular in the Museum's history, estimating that about 3,500 people have visited 'Les Paul in Mahwah' since it opened last September.

“We decided to keep it open based on popular opinion,” Museum Treasurer Mike Zdanis told Patch Wednesday. “It is mind blowing the number of people that we’ve had come to see this exhibit.”

According to Zdanis, the museum is planning to continue popular programming that has accompanied the exhibit, like the opportunity for visitors to play Les Paul guitars, and lectures and performances by Paul’s family members and former band mates. Major events, like in Paul’s honor, are still being decided on, he said.

Dunn said "there will be some new additions," to the exhibit in its second year.

Currently, the exhibit highlights the 50-plus years the inventor lived in the township, and includes artifacts from his home and workspace, as well as prototype and autographed guitars, photos and other memorabilia.

The Museum also announced Wednesday that its other exhibit,  ‘New Jersey Fights in the Civil War,’ will stay open through July. The Donald Cooper Railroad, however, is closed for maintenance Anyone who goes to the Museum in June and July will receive a free pass to return to the Railroad exhibit once it reopens.

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