The Grand Victorian Tea!

by Jackie on November 1, 2013 · 0 comments

The Meadowlands Museum

Cordially invites you to

The 10th Annual

Grand Victorian Tea

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

United Presbyterian Church

511 Ridge Road, Lyndhurst

3:00 – 5:00 PM


Tea Sandwiches




Ginger & Frank Killino

will discuss

“Victorian Women”

with a question and answer period to follow.

Tickets $30

Tickets are available at the door.

Meadowlands Museum

91 Crane Avenue

Rutherford, NJ 07070

(201) 935-1175


Don’t forget to bring your Tea Cup!



by Jackie on August 12, 2013 · 0 comments


Current Exhibit:



Featured exhibit curated by Frank Gerard Godlewski

with Paul Robinson and Ron Rice

The community is welcome to view this special map exhibit highlighting the site of the Yereance-Berry House (now the Meadowlands Museum) from the 1680′s to the present. See how the area has changed. Find the location of your own home and compare how the area has developed over time. 


The Museum is Reopening!

by Jackie on June 14, 2013 · 1 comment


Friday evening, June 28th

Special preview  6:30 pm until 7:30 pm for Volunteers and Museum Members

We welcome the General Public from 7:30 pm until 9:00 pm


Saturday, June 29th

Visiting hours for the opening: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Featured exhibit curated by Frank Gerard Godlewski

with Paul Robinson and Ron Rice

The community is welcome to view this special map exhibit highlighting the site of the Yereance-Berry House (now the Meadowlands Museum) from the 1680′s to the present. See how the area has changed. Find the location of your own home and compare how the area has developed over time. This re-opening kicks off the Museum’s summer season. During July and August, the Museum will be open on Saturdays from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.

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Museum Update

by Jackie on April 4, 2013 · 0 comments

New Front Roof New Front Roof



The Meadowlands Museum will postpone opening to the public until all construction and general clean up from its restoration project is complete.  The Museum’s Board of Trustees will rely on the consultation of its architect Mills+Schnoering, to advise when safety conditions and requirements have been met.  Museum personnel, volunteers, and others authorized will continue to work in preparation for the Museum’s reopening.  The Museum is very grateful to the community for its interest and longtime support.  Please refer to the Museum’s website for future news of the opening and other events.



Chocolate Tasting and Tour

The Museum will hold this year’s chocolate tasting at the end of February, instead of the Friday before Valentine’s Day.  We wanted to give ourselves time to get new exhibits ready as we reopen after building renovations.  We also did not want to conflict with other local events.    We have been working hard to put all of our collection back into clean storage areas and are cleaning and getting ready to put up our new exhibits.  The chocolate tasting will be the first event in our building, since we had to close because of Hurricane Irene and our leaking roof.  Now that we have a new cedar shake roof, we are ready to get back to being a functioning museum and we could think of no better way to celebrate than to eat chocolate!


Join us on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at any time between 7PM and 9:30PM.  Each exhibit room will hold a different kind of chocolate confection thanks to the donations of area businesses.  Tour the Museum, see our new exhibits, eat chocolate.  The tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for children.  You can pay at the door.  The Museum is located at 91 Crane Avenue in Rutherford.  You can call the Museum at 201-935-1175 or send an email at: meadowlandsmuseum at if you want further information.


Our Restoration Project Moves Forward

by Jackie on October 31, 2012 · 0 comments

In 2004 we began the work to ensure that we could properly care for our historic building.  Thanks to grants from the Bergen County Historic Trust and from the Fred J. Brotherton Charitable Foundation we were able to have our building evaluated by a preservation architecture firm and a formal Preservation Plan was written.  Although this was an expensive step, it was none the less a required step to make us eligible to receive future grants to have work done on our historic home.

Now, thanks to grants from the Bergen County Historic Trust and from the 1772 Foundation were were able to begin Phase I of our Preservation Plan.  This work emphasizes getting the outer shell of our building sound; replacing the roof, the gutters and moldings and replacing exterior shingles and framing that are no longer sound.

  The work began with the removal of 5 layers of roof which included the original cedar shake roof, a metal roof and multiple layers of asphalt shingles.





A layer of plywood was then placed on the whole roof.  The roofers then put ice dam and tar paper coatings, as well as a breathable  substrate that will allow the new roof cedar shakes to “breathe”.




Now cedar shakes are being placed on the roof.  The rotten wood at the back of the building has been replaced.


The original gutters were removed and new cedar boards replaced the old rotten wood.  New gutters (that replicate the original gutters have now been built on the front of the building.





We are excited about the progress on our restoration project and very grateful to all who have helped us to begin this work.  We are also extremely grateful that Hurricane Sandy was much kinder to us than Hurricane Irene.

We are still doing fund raising for our restoration work and all contributions are gratefully accepted.


Family Scarecrow Day

by Jackie on September 25, 2012 · 0 comments

Family Scarecrow Day, 2012 – Canceled

Sunday, October 7, 2012

It has started to rain (10:45) so we are canceling Scarecrow Day.

Because of the possible rain -  we will call those who have registered IF the day is canceled.  Please call on Sunday BEFORE you come – if you are not registered.  Space is limited this year because of our building restoration project.


On Sunday, October 7, 2012, at 2:00 PM, the Meadowlands Museum will sponsor its annual Family Scarecrow Day.  Participants sign up to make a life-size scarecrow for the Museum grounds.  This is a great activity for families, scout troops or groups of friends.  Get together with your “group” (up to six people) and decide what type of scarecrow you want to make.  The Museum supplies the scarecrow frames and a head made of muslin.  There will be old clothes and accessories for participants to use, but you may also bring items of your own.  There will be straw to use for stuffing to give the scarecrows some “body”.  All scarecrows will stay on the Museum front lawn through rain and sunshine, adding to the autumn atmosphere of the Museum grounds.


If you have never participated before, why not make this the year to come.  We serve donuts and cider and have a wonderful afternoon.  This activity is for all ages, but mostly for the young at heart.  Scarecrow making begins right at 2:00 PM and registration is required.  There is a ten-dollar per group registration fee to help defray costs. If registering on the day of the event, please call to check for availability of space.

Community members are encouraged to drive by the Museum throughout October to see our scarecrow maker’s work.


A Celebration of the Honey Bee

by Jackie on August 5, 2012 · 0 comments

On Sunday, August 12, 2012, from 6 – 8 PM, the Meadowlands Museum will sponsor a celebration of the honeybee.  The Museum’s home and property were once the site of an early farm that depended on the bees.  In celebration of our farm heritage the Museum will sponsor a time for people of all ages to learn about bees.

Jim, one of our Meadowlands area beekeepers will come and show us how honey is  removed from the hive and then processed into the honey that we use at home. A beekeeper uses a machine called an extractor to get the honey out of the combs. The extractor spins the combs very fast and extracts the delicious honey.  Jim will have his extractor at the Museum so that you can watch as he extracts the honey. He is also bringing a glass-enclosed working hive.

There will be bee stories and crafts.  Participants will take home a honey bear with local honey.

We will also be joined by Jennifer Burns Katafigiotis, author of the soon to be released children’s book Belinda Bumble Bee who will use her storybook character, Belinda, to teach children about the importance of bumble bees and their relationship to our environment and food supply. Children will learn how bumble bees help our plants grow and develop into healthy foods … including peanut butter and jelly sandwiches!

Find out how the environment is impacted by our everyday actions, the effect on bees, and how we can help the earth as good citizens of the world.  Simple pollination will be demonstrated using silk flowers, talcum powder and a bumble bee puppet.  Each child will be given a packet of bumble bee friendly seeds to plant at home to help our fuzzy, buzzy friends.

The Museum as a Farm in 1928

All funds raised during our bee celebration will be put toward the Museum’s building restoration and our new roof.  We are asking adults to contribute $10 and children $5.  There is no registration required.

The Meadowlands Museum is a local history museum located at 91 Crane Avenue in Rutherford.  The Museum is currently closed to regular visitors while we do repairs from the damage caused by Hurricane Irene and prepare for our new roof.  To register, or for information, call the Museum at 201-935-1175 or e-mail to



Breakfast For Dinner

by Jackie on May 24, 2012 · 1 comment

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Victorian Tea This Sunday

by Jackie on May 2, 2012 · 1 comment

Our Famous Annual Spring Event:

On Sunday, May 6, 2012 from 3:00-5:00 PM the Meadowlands Museum will host its 9th annual Victorian Tea Fund Raiser for the benefit of the Museum and its programs.

The Tea is held at the Lyndhurst Presbyterian Church, (Corner of Ridge Road + Page Avenue in Lyndhurst, NJ)

Light Refreshments + Pastries + Tea

The Jazz Stylings of
Guitarist Joseph Frame



Kim Hendrickson, Cookbook Author
Kim has written three cookbooks. She embraces her lifelong passion of food history by preparing food, specifically desserts. Hear Kim’s unconventional story of how she began writing.

Tickets are $30 per person. Seating is limited.
Please call the Meadowlands Museum:201.935.1175  or e-mail at meadowlandsmuseum at to ensure your seat today.

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