NJCH Awards the Merchants and Drovers an Incubation Grant!

The Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum is proud to announce that we are one of nine recipients of a 2019 Incubation Grant from The New Jersey Council for the Humanities!

Incubation Grants “help organizations plan, research, develop, and prototype public humanities projects and events. From investigating potential components of a new program to learning more about audiences, NJCH funding supports projects in early stages of development.”

The museum’s $5,000 grant was awarded specifically to review our collections, convene focus groups, and develop a plan to update and expand the Museum’s historical interpretation and exhibits.

What does this mean to our members and future guests?  It means that we will be conducting studies within our membership to better understand what future exhibits and events will most appeal to you and to our greater local community.

If you are currently a member, please be on the lookout for information about upcoming opportunities to express your valuable opinion to us, and help us make our Museum experience the best it can be!

And if you are NOT yet a member, there’s never been a better time to join!

Read more about the NJCH and the Incubation Grants here!

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Wreathes Across America at the Historic Rahway Cemetery

On December 15, the Historic Rahway Cemetery was one of over 1200 sites to participate in the annual Wreathes Across America event, honoring 653 veterans, dating back to the Revolutionary War.

Coordinated by the New Jersey Freemasons, Lafayette Lodge #27, volunteers met at the Merchants and Drovers Museum on a chilly, rainy day to place the wreathes on the graves, and most importantly, to speak the name of the soldier in remembrance.

This annual event is always looking for volunteers – follow the Lafayette Lodge #27  or the Merchants and Drovers on Facebook for information on next year’s event.

And thank you to all who gave their lives in service.

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The Annual Candlelight Evenings Wrap Up 2018

It was wonderful to see so many old friends and new faces at our Candlelight Evenings on December 1st and 8th! The museum was beautiful with its holiday decorations of fresh greenery and real candlelight, and listening to Linda Russell’s music in a warm tavern on a cold night was a wonderful way to usher in the holiday season.

A special thank-you to all of our volunteers and staff who help make this event an annual favorite! And thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy the holidays, 19th Century Style! Please enjoy one of our favorite Christmas songs, as performed by Linda Russell!

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