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 info, click 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!
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 check–it 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.