Saturday, May 13, 2017


Mount Ararat Church, 27 Elm Street, Rutherford


Tribute to Rutherford Civil Rights Commission Rutherford will mark the celebration of National Historic Preservation Month on May 13 2017 with a special tribute to the Civil Rights Commission, recipient of the 2017 Preservation Education Award presented by the Bergen County Historic Preservation Advisory Board.

Sponsored by the Meadowlands Museum and hosted at Rutherford’s Mount Ararat Baptist Church, the event will honor the Civil Rights Commission for its efforts involved in educating the community about its African-American and Puerto-Rican architectural legacy. The legacy reveals historic residential architecture built and occupied by prominent black and Puerto Rican families. This architectural history includes Rutherford’s venerated black church, Mount Ararat Baptist Church, first built in 1903 and rebuilt in 1919.

“The Commission is to be commended for promoting community diversity in its selection of historic sites and buildings associated with the development of Rutherford’s African-American and Puerto Rican-American history and culture, connecting history with architecture, and its work with the Rutherford Historic Preservation Committee,” stated Bruce A. Barton, Chairman of the Bergen County Historic Preservation Advisory Board, in an April 3, 2017 letter to Beatrice Goldberg, Commission Chairwoman. The county’s Division of Cultural & Historic Affairs has scheduled an awards ceremony for Thursday, May 4, 2017, to be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Englewood.

The Civil Rights Commission has as its mandate aiding in the elimination of all types of discrimination. In that capacity, its efforts have especially involved educating its community about diversity of ethnic and racial groups. In this regard, the Commission has incorporated an architectural program that illustrates a proud legacy, including Christopher C. Walton, a pioneering black carpenter builder; Thaddeus L. Marshall, , an African-American street peddler who built his home on Elm Street in 1905; Lafayette Hoag, a former black American slave who built his home in 1872 and became coachman for a prominent book publisher; and Fernando Callejo, a famed Puerto Rican composer who settled in Rutherford in 1925. The Mount Ararat Baptist Church was formed in the Wheaton Place home of James and Louisa Fitzgerald in 1894 and had its first church built on Elm Street in the early 20th century.

On Saturday, May 13, 2017, a tribute to honor the Civil Rights Commission will be held in Rutherford at Mount Ararat Church, 27 Elm Street. The program is scheduled for 2-to-4 P.M. and will include a presentation by Rutherford Borough Historian Rod Leith about the historic church and the architecture of African-American and Puerto Rican families. The program will be hosted by Thomas Bivin, President of the Meadowlands Museum Board of Trustees, and moderated by Councilman Mark Goldsack, who is the Rutherford Borough Council liaison to the Historic Preservation Committee.

Besides Ms. Goldberg, the membership of the Rutherford Civil Rights Commission includes Barbara Bennett, Stephen Way, Rev. Robert Browning of Grace Episcopal Church, Rutherford High School representative Nicholas DiBrita, Ellen Goldy, Guy Tetro, Renjith Pillai, William Einreinhofer, Liam Otero (who is also a member of the Historic Preservation Committee), Jason Delgado of the Academy of Saint Mary, Deborah Solomon, Christopher Carbone, and Judith DePasquale.


May 13th Mother’s Day Flower Sale

by Tom Bivin on May 1, 2017 · 0 comments


William Carlos Williams’ Flowers


Just in time for Mother’s Day and Spring Gardening


The Meadowlands Museum is hosting its annual sale of native, heritage, and specialty plants and specifically a sale of the flowers of William Carlos Williams’ poems.  This is a great way to bring new Spring color to your home, to help re-establish plants that are native to this area, and to just enjoy Spring.  Buyers can check out more details of these plants at  Order your plants today, and pick them up on Saturday May 13th between 9 AM and 11 AM at the Meadowlands Museum, 91 Crane Avenue, Rutherford.


Daisy Chrysanthemums Dwarf variety perfect for borders and container gardens. $20.00/24-plant flat


Geranium (Pelargonium) Bright red, pink, or white flowers, grows well indoors and out. $ 5.00/4” pot $
Verbena – mix of large flower clusters on a low fuss plant; white, red and purple flowers $ 20.00/24-plant flat $
Zinnia – Height 12-18” Long bloom season, shades of orange flowers $ 20.00/32-plant flat $
Iris – featured in the Museum’s William Carlos Williams flower beds. $ 7.00/6” pot $
“Sun” Patiens – easy to grow, thicker stems and foliage less prone to disease and tolerate high heat and humidity $ 10.00/6” pot  



10“ Hanging Baskets – stunning burgundy petunia flowers with long flowering season $18.00/basket $

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Orders can be paid for with cash, check made out to Meadowlands Museum, or credit card (by calling Robin Reenstra at 201-321-2756.  Orders should be forwarded to The Meadowlands Museum (Attn: Robin), 91 Crane Avenue, Rutherford, NJ 07070 no later than Tuesday May 9, 2017.  We thank you for your support of our community’s valuable heritage museum – and wish you a Happy Mother’s Day!


Each year, the Meadowlands Museum welcomes hundreds of children and adults, helping them connect to the historical and cultural sense of place that is the Meadowlands region.  Founded in 1961 to connect school children with their community, the Museum continues the work that began with that single inspiration.  The Meadowlands Museum relies on the ongoing support of the regional community, and this event is a great way to provide a little bit of that support.  Ask about becoming a member, in order to get early information and discounts for Museum exhibits and events throughout the year.


April POETRY MONTH: Poetry Reading, April 22

by Tom Bivin on March 17, 2017 · 0 comments

April 22, 2-4pm

Celebrate the written word at the Meadowlands Museum in honor of William Carlos Williams, the doctor and poet for whom much of the museum is dedicated. We will be hosting a poetry reading on Saturday, April 22. We will have poetry readers from Drew University and a member of the Red Wheelbarrow Poets, among others!

Dr and Poet William Carlos Williams -Permanent Exhibition at The Meadowlands Museum


Ed Fieder Viewing, April 15

by Tom Bivin on March 17, 2017 · 0 comments

APRIL 15, 2-4pm

Ed Fieder worked on the Manhattan Project as a scientist and a mechinist to build parts for the atomic bomb during WWII. Come to the Meadowlands Museum on Saturday, April 15 (this is the newly scheduled date due to inclement weather) to learn more about his story. Admission is free and visitors will also have the chance to view our newly completed WWII exhibit!

Check out this article posted on that explains more about Ed Fieder and features his visit to the Meadowlands Museum:


BLACK HISTORY MONTH at the Meadowlands Museum

Join us February 25 from 2-4pm

Film screening of Daniel Murray and his WWII experience at Normandy

Followed by a Q & A with Daniel Murray himself

Click Here for Daniel Murray’s Story as featured on

On February 25 the Meadowlands Museum will highlight the history of Daniel Murray and his service as a sergeant in WWII and his life post-war as a civilian breaking through the color barrier. This is also a great time to check out our newly opened exhibit on WWII civilian life.






At the Meadowlands Museum, 91 Crane Avenue, Rutherford 07070

Bring your friends and taste the area’s best chocolate treats and see the Museum’s new exhibits.

Tickets: $20 for Adults in advance,$25 at the door;  $10 for Museum Members, Seniors and Students in advance, $15 at the door.

Call Robin at 201-321-2756 to reserve your place at the Chocolate Tasting.


Happy Holidays

by Gilda on December 21, 2016 · 0 comments

The Museum will be closed on Saturday, December 24th, and Saturday, December31.  We will be open for regular hours starting in January. Have a joyous holiday and travel safely.


Octoberfest Traditions Event, October 21

by Gilda on October 17, 2016 · 0 comments

Come experience the tastes of Meadowlands area beer crafted by local microbreweries.



Attention all local poets and all those who enjoy poetry. The Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Society will be launching their 9th anthology of poetry this Saturday, October 21 at 1PM here at the Meadowlands Museum. Featuring the work of many local poets, this issue highlights  the work of  Anton Yakovlev, a Russian-born New Jersey poet and filmmaker and author of two books of poetry, Neptune Court and The Ghost of Grand Wood.



Scarecrow Day October 15th, 2016

by Gilda on October 2, 2016 · 0 comments

Scarecrow Day is returning on October 15th. All are welcome: scouts, families, or individuals. Download the form below and respond by October 12th.