Museum memberships are one of our main areas of financial support and are the backbone of the work that we do. Print out our Membership Form by clicking "Membership Sign Up Form" below. Mail the form with your check to:
91 Crane Avenue
Rutherford, NJ 07070
Or email the form to us at MeadowlandsMuseum@verizon.net and click on the paypal button below to make your payment electronically.
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Greetings from the Meadowlands Museum! It gives me great pleasure to write to you about the Museum's history and our recent developments and plans.
This year, 2020, marks the Museum's 59th year of operation. We started in 1961 in one classroom of Sylvan School in Rutherford. We moved to a second floor space on Ames Avenue near Park Avenue in Rutherford in 1966, and to our current location, The Yereance-Berry House at 91 Crane Avenue, in 1974. The Yereance-Berry House is one of the oldest farm houses of the region, dating back to 1804, and so we maintain the House’s history, as well as the artifacts of our regional history, in our displays.
We are once again welcoming visitors to the Museum with COVID-19 precautions. We ask that you schedule your visit by calling or emailing the Museum in advance, and that you wear a mask at all times when in the building.
We have dedicated exhibit rooms including exhibits featuring a permanent collection of artifacts from the life of William Carlos Williams, the poet/doctor, antique toys and dolls of the region, the geology of the Meadowlands area, and a pre-electric kitchen. And in addition we have exhibits that rotate during the year.
During this year we did host our annual Chocolate Tasting event in early February, and since March 2020, when we closed our building to visitors, we have hosted our Spring Plant Sale (featuring the flowers of William Carlos Williams' poetry), and our Fall chrysanthemum flower sale. Many of our community events were cancelled this year (such as the Civil Rights Commission's annual Multicultural Festival, the Rutherford Arbor Day Festival, and the Rutherford Labor Day Street Fair), but we were however able to host our annual Make a Scarecrow Day in late October. Moving forward please watch out for our upcoming informational History Speakers Series - to be presented online via zoom.
This year, more than other years, we are in need of expanding our membership base, in order to continue our operations. With so many of our events and our months of building closure due to Covid-19, we realize that a significant part of our operating revenue comes from the generosity of our members and other donors. The work of the Museum involves a lot of hard work and dedication, and it also takes a lot of money to maintain the house and its collections - all of which is done by a volunteer staff and our volunteer Board of Trustees, In short, your support as a new or continuing member will help keep this special place for our history to call home. We are your community's connection with its history... but we need your help.
Our Memberships are set to continue for 12 months from the date of donation, so we recommend not putting this off, and becoming a member now.
With thanks for your anticipated support of our collective history,
President, Meadowlands Museum Board of Trustees
For all membership levels shown below, click on the PDF button at right, print, select your level, fill out your information, and follow the send instructions on the form to mail in your membership payment.
Alternatively, if you prefer to handle this electronically, we ask that you download the pdf membership registration form and email it to us at MeadowlandsMuseum@verizon.net and then click on the paypal membership button to process your payment electronically.