The Meadowlands Museum is pleased to present an evening honoring local business women for their ongoing support of the Museum’s mission and work in the local community.  Honorees include

  • Investors Savings Assistant Vice President Luisa Da Silva,
  • Investors Savings VP & Director of Community Development Ada Melendez,
  • Boiling Springs Savings Bank Senior VP Kathy Tsiolas, and
  • South Bergenite Editor Jaimie Winters.

Following this special event, the Meadowlands Museum is pleased to host an evening of music with Karen Davis and Chrissy Roberts, two local musicians.

Waterbugs and cheap booze brought Karen Davis and her husband Joe together.  Late Thursday nights in Jersey City’s Key Hole Bar, at the Waterbug Hotel open mic, they had a meeting of the minds regarding each other’s cuteness, talent, and ability to stay in the pocket.  Discussions of an intimate nature followed, along with rehearsals, blues riffs, as well as the occasional psychedelic pop confection.  Acoustic rock history was made.

karen davis and joeKaren and Joe Davis

Chrissy Roberts is a Jersey City singer songwriter. She wrote and performed on her folk CD Patchwork and also a kids CD of music and movement songs Kid Notes (both are on itunes). Chrissy is also excited about her upcoming CD project, Handcrafted, which is soon to be released. Chrissy’s stage experience includes parts in Stagefest 2013 and 2014 in the Jersey City Loews theater. You can find links to her music and upcoming performances at www.chrissyroberts.com and on Facebook at Chrissy Roberts Music.

chrissy robertsChrissy Roberts

This event is free and open to the public and will take place on Monday, April 21, 2014, from 6:00 – 8:30 pm.  The Meadowlands Museum is located at 91 Crane Avenue, Rutherford, NJ.

On view during this event will be our special exhibit, “Needlecrafts in the Meadowlands,” featuring five forms of needlecrafts – sewing, crochet, cross-stitch, embroidery, and quilting – all drawn from the Meadowlands Museum’s extensive collection.  Included in the exhibit are a circa-1882 “New Home” brand sewing machine, an 1883 baby quilt, an 1836 cross-stitch sampler made by a 10 year old girl, and a circa-1960s evening coat made from 19th-century fabric.

Admission to this and all Mondays @ MMus events is free and open to the public.  Donations are greatly appreciated.

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On view now

 

 Needlecrafts in the Meadowlands

 child bonnet

Through April 2014

Saturdays, 10am – 4pm

Free admission (donations gratefully accepted)

sampler

Featuring items from the collection, including

a circa-1882 “New Home” brand sewing machine

an 1883 baby quilt

an 1836 cross-stitch sampler made by a 10 year old girl

a circa-1960s evening coat sewn from 19th-century fabric

pincushion

This exhibit features five forms of needlecrafts – sewing, crochet, cross-stitch, embroidery, and quilting – all drawn from the Meadowlands Museum’s extensive collection. 

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Digital Memory Media Fundraiser to Support MMus

by Heather Kuruvilla on March 19, 2014 · 0 comments

digital memory media flier

MMus is excited to partner with

Digital Memory Media

to provide professional digital conversion of

photographs, film, slides, and VHS tapes to DVD.

 

Come by MMus on

Saturday, April 26, 12:00 – 3:00pm.

You will drop off your items,

and Digital Memory Media

will professionally convert them for you,

preserving your memories for

you and your loved ones. 

The finished DVDs and your original items

will be picked up at MMus upon completion.

 

20% of all sales will be

donated directly to MMus,

allowing you to support our museum

while also preserving your past!

No appointment is required,

just come by on April 26

between 12:00 and 3:00.

Mark your calendars and see you then!

Click here for the Price List

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Join us for Our March Installment of Mondays @ MMus

by Heather Kuruvilla on March 10, 2014 · 1 comment

Mondays @ MMus, our new monthly evening of programming, takes place the third Monday of every month.

On March 17, we will host the opening of our new exhibit, “Needlecrafts in the Meadowlands,” featuring historic examples of locally-created cross-stitch, crochet, sewing, quilting, and embroidery.  Come see these beautiful examples of needlecrafts and learn a bit about the history of each type.

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During the evening, you can also join our Interim Director for a class on cross-stitch and learn this fun and artistic activity.  $5 for members, $8 for non-members.  Contact us at meadowlandsmuseum@verizon.net to reserve your space!

All the details:

  • Monday, March 17, 6:00 – 8:00pm
  • Free admission, donations greatly appreciated

See you then!

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On November 14, 1970, Southwest Airways Flight 932 crashed, killing 37 members of Marshall University’s “Thundering Herd” football team, plus coaches, fans, and the flight crew.

On February 17, 6:00 – 8:00pm, the Meadowlands Museum is honored to host an evening commemorating the memories of those lives lost, and especially the young men who were from the Meadowlands region.

MMus members, friends, and the public are cordially invited to join us as we honor the memories of Art Harris (Marshall running back and Passaic High School alumnus), Marcelo Lajterman (Marshall place-kicker and Lyndhurst High School alumnus), and Ted Shoebridge (Marshall 1970 starting quarterback and Lyndhurst High School alumnus).  Also honored will be Kevin Gilmore, alumnus of nearby Harrison High School.

Tom Longo (New York Giants, Lyndhurst High School alumnus) will speak on his memories of Shoebridge and Lajterman.  Following Longo’s remarks, members of the Shoebridge and Lajterman families will share their thoughts and memories.  A question and answer period will follow.

Marshall men from the Meadowlands area

MMus is honored to host this group of Marshall players’ families for this special remembrance.

“The Meadowlands and the Thundering Herd: An Evening of Remembrance” is the inaugural “Mondays at MMus” event, a new series of special programming to take place the third Monday of each month, featuring exhibit-specific programs, events, and activities.

DATE: Monday, February 17, 2014

TIME: 6:00 – 8:00pm

Admission is free and open to the public.

Donations are gladly welcomed.

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Winter Membership Drive is Underway!

by Heather Kuruvilla on February 7, 2014 · 0 comments

What exactly is the Meadowlands Museum?

It’s a question we’ve frequently encountered. Some have driven past the 200-year-old farmhouse and wondered, “Who lives there?” Others hear ‘meadowlands’ and envision swamps and stadiums. But it’s when they visit for a lecture or exhibition, for live local music, for a celebration of regional artisan food and craft, for help in researching the history of their home and neighborhood, do they see why we remain a cornerstone of the Meadowlands community. Why in the 50+ years since our founding, we remain committed to our region’s unique history and heritage while serving as a stage and catalyst to the rich and diverse culture of our community.

But we need your help to keep our doors open. We are not supported by tax revenue and operate exclusively by small grants and the continuing trust and investment of you, our community. Continue to help us celebrate our history and culture. Renew your membership at the highest level possible (details below).

Even if you can’t spare a dime, sign up the Boiling Springs Savings Bank CAPS program (click here for more infoclick here for the form). At no expense to you whatsoever, Boiling Springs Savings Bank will make a generous contribution to the Meadowlands Museum on a continuing basis.

For everyone who becomes a member in February, we plan a special get together on Saturday March 15 at the Museum to share some tea, meet your fellow members, and get your input on how we can continue to improve. This day will also feature a special sneak peak of our upcoming needle-crafts exhibit, which opens to the public on March 17.

As one of country’s first ladies once said “the greatest danger facing our historic legacy today comes… from indifference, neglect, the lack of much needed resources, and the ravages of time…These remnants of our past could, if protected, illuminate and inspire future generations. Their preservation is our sacred trust”.

We reopened last summer from hurricanes, water damage and all of the associated roof repair that kept us closed for months on end. Our opening exhibit, MAPS! Finding our Place in History, brought a packed house, as an architectural historian provided personalized insight on the properties, neighborhoods and homes of our region. Our Oktoberfest Beer Tasting welcomed a diverse crowd to celebrate regional microbrews. The Grand Victorian Tea rekindled the all but lost elegance of a former era. Chocolate, Coffee, and Folk brought the taste of local artisans together with the sounds of the modern Greenwich Village folk scene.

Currently, our Historic Schoolboy Football Review celebrates the legacy of the sport in the region and we have some exciting plans for 2014. From Mondays at MMus, featuring gallery tours, guest speakers, and book clubs, to our upcoming World War 1 Centennial Exhibition, commemorating the start of the “Great War,” there is much happening at the Meadowlands Museum and hope you will continue to be part of it.

Contact us anytime to discuss how we can work together to build a better Meadowlands Museum.  We are always growing and evolving, like the community around us, and need your input and support!

Sincerely,

The Director and Trustees of the Meadowlands Museum

Heather Hope Kuruvilla, Rod Leith, Tom Bryant, Rhoda Portugal, John Hipp, Oksana Baczynskyj-Heimur, Paul Robinson, and Mark Slomiany

*We prefer you pledge by checkit saves us the processing charges!  Just note your level of membership on the check, make it out to the “Meadowlands Museum,” and mail to: Meadowlands Museum, 91 Crane Ave., Rutherford NJ 07070.

Otherwise, for your online convenience, click here to become a Member.

We will contact you via the e-mail address you provide to request your mailing address to send a thank you note as well as additional mailings throughout the year. NOTE: When you order by credit card, we do not have access to your credit card information or billing address. 

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Meadowlands Historic Schoolboy Football Exhibit

by Heather Kuruvilla on January 14, 2014 · 2 comments

The Meadowlands Museum – January 29 through February 1

A committee of football coaches, alumni, and sports enthusiasts formed the Meadowlands Historic Schoolboy Football Exhibit Committee. All volunteers, the committee has been working for several months collecting memorabilia, rare photos, and other artifacts that will represent schoolboy football lore of Rutherford High School, St. Mary High School of Rutherford, Lyndhurst High School, Passaic High School, and St. Cecilia High School of Englewood.

The exhibit will showcase high school football from the 1920s through the 1960s, featuring great National Football League players and outstanding high school legends including the Vince Lombardi years at St. Cecilia; College Hall of Famer, Augie Lio (Passaic); and Super Bowl participants Bob DeMarco (St. Mary-Super Bowl VI), Jack Tatum (Passaic-Super Bowl XI), and Stan Walters (St. Mary-Super Bowl XV). The exhibit will also include former New York Giant players Jim Blumenstock (Rutherford), Jim Garrett (Rutherford), Tommy Longo (Lyndhurst) and Ron Mikolajczyk (Passaic), as well as NFL players Roland Moss of the Baltimore Colts (Passaic) and Craig Heyward of the New Orleans Saints (Passaic). Long-time coach Mickey Corcoran, who played for Lombardi at St. Cecilia, and John Kelly (St. Mary/Rutherford) and Phil Sheridan, Jr. (St. Mary), who went on to become Captains of Notre Dame football teams will also be featured in the exhibit.

The display at The Meadowlands Museum, 91 Crane Avenue, Rutherford, will include an amazing Exhibit Room plus a Media Room where visitors can watch on a wide-screen TV, videotaped interviews with great NFL and Hall of Fame players who came from Meadowlands area schools.

The exhibit begins on Wednesday, January 29th and runs through Saturday, February 1st from 10am to 4pm. It will be also be available on Wednesdays and Saturdays through the month of February. Admission is free.

SHUTTLE SERVICE AVAILABLE to the Meadowlands Museum from the Kip Center Parking Garage, located at the corner of Kip and Ames Avenues.  The Rutherford Shuttle Bus will run approximately every 30 minutes between the hours of 10am and 4pm from January 29th through February 1st.  Parking will be reserved on the upper level of the parking garage for MMus patrons.

Schoolboy Flyer

UPDATE: MMus Board President Rod Leith and Tom Potor, president of the Rutherford High School Athletic Hall of Fame, gave this fantastic interview with NorthJerseySports.com about our upcoming Meadowlands Historic Schoolboy Football Exhibit.

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Save the Date: Annual Chocolate Tasting

by Heather Kuruvilla on January 13, 2014 · 1 comment

The Meadowlands Museum

Cordially Invites You To

The Annual Chocolate Tasting

And Open House:

Coffee, Chocolate, and Folk

Friday, January 24th

7:00pm – 10:00pm

91 Crane Avenue, Rutherford

Featuring the music of Mike Shoykhet, performing a wide variety of folk, from traditional Moldavian and Russian chanson to the sounds of the modern Greenwich Village folk scene. Born in the Moldavian Republic of the former Soviet Union, Shoykhet has been performing in Northern New Jersey and the New York City since the mid-1990’s. Also performing will be singer-songwriter Bird To Prey.

The evening’s gallery opening features a sneak peak of the upcoming “Meadowlands Historic Schoolboy Football Exhibit” and a last chance to view excerpts from our early-winter exhibit, “Constructing Home.”

The Historic Schoolboy Football Exhibit will showcase high school football from the 1920s through the 1960s. It will feature famous National Football League players and outstanding high school legends including the Vince Lombardi years at St. Cecilia; College Hall of Famer, Augie Lio (Passaic); and Super Bowl participants Bob DeMarco (St. Mary-Super Bowl VI), Jack Tatum (Passaic-Super Bowl XI), and Stan Walters (St. Mary-Super Bowl XV) to name a few.  The Constructing Home excerpts present the historic Yereance-Berry House, current home of the Meadowlands Museum, and the ongoing efforts to preserve and restore the structure.

CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!

Ticket prices are discounted for pre-event sales.

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Constructing HomeUntil the 1600s, when European settlers came to the area we now call the Meadowlands, the area surrounding the lower Hackensack River, the lower Passaic River, and the western edge of Newark Bay consisted of tidal, brackish, and freshwater wetlands.  European, and later American, intervention into the land has resulted in many changes to the Meadowlands, not least that the area is now much smaller in size.

An 1896 survey calculated the Meadowlands to be almost 43 square miles and mapped it as reaching as far north as Hackensack and as far south as Elizabeth.  Port Newark, Newark Liberty International Airport, the New Jersey Turnpike, the Meadowlands Sports Complex, New Jersey Transit and the Port Authority Trans-Hudson rail lines, and other urban infrastructure now cover large portions of the wetlands.  In 1968, a new survey was conducted, and it was determined that the Meadowlands comprised approximately 32 square miles, and almost half that land was now dry, with only approximately 13 square miles still wetlands.

Exhibit OverviewThere are many reasons for the evolution of the landscape from the original wetlands to the busy suburban and urban communities of today.  This exhibit focuses on one of them, the creation of dry upland for, among other things, agricultural and residential uses.  This dry upland was created by 19th-century dikes and drains which created reclaimed lands below the high-tide mark.  20th-century projects created new upland above the high-tide mark.

These new dry upland areas permitted the building of communities to meet the needs of the quickly growing urban populations of New York and Newark.  From 1870 to 1900, New York City’s population grew from 1.5 million to 3.4 million.  In the same period, the combined population of Essex, Union, Hudson, and Bergen counties grew from 345,000 people to 924,000.  This rapidly growing population needed farms to feed them and homes to house them.

In Again, Out Again, 1917Constructing Home showcases farmhouses of Lyndhurst and Rutherford, the houses of Herman Fritz, a turn-of-the-century Rutherford architect, and a house featured in a 1917 Douglas Fairbanks silent film.  The reuse and re-purposing of homes for new, non-residential uses is examined, as is the intersection of community memory and historical fact, using the supposed birth place of William Carlos Williams as a case study.

The Meadowlands Museum is open Saturdays 10am – 4pm.  Constructing Home is on view through mid-January.

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The Spirit of Place: Identifying Features of a Location

by Heather Kuruvilla on November 23, 2013 · 0 comments

An evening with Carla Cielo

This is a talk on the tools used to visualize how the landscape evolved in each quarter century between the late 18th century and the early 20th century. The focus of Cielo’s study is Holland Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey, and the former Village of Bergen (now within Jersey City), but the methods used to visualize how the landscape changed can be applied to any region. These methods include primary documents, documentation, dendrochronology, maps, oral history, etc. Barns, outbuildings, houses, fencing, livestock, gardens, orchards, forested areas (wood lots), various industrial pursuits, attitude and common behavior, markets, village and city centers, transportation, and other features that may have influenced the landscape will be discussed.

Date: Wednesday, December 11, 7:30pm
Location: The Meadowlands Museum, 91 Crane Ave., Rutherford

This talk is free to the public.

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