2019 Museum Lab: Exploring Collections

Six young lovers of history, aged 11-15, worked with archaeology professor Meredith Linn and Rahway Public Library employee and archivist Tim Valente during the week of August 12-16 on a range of collections-related activities. Meredith taught the participants how to clean, sort and process a backlog of dig artifacts for storage, and helped them research artifacts of particular interest.

Artifact Sorting and instruction

Tim shared his knowledge of archival practices and had the young history enthusiasts figure out how to handle, read and understand a collection of documents dating all the way back to the 17th century. He also led an ink-making project, in which the class recreated the kind of iron gall ink used for centuries. Later, they tried writing with the ink using old-style dip pens. Participants were also given a tour of the historic Rahway Cemetery.

The 2019 Museum Lab was once again made possible with a business grant from the Rahway Chamber of Commerce, who we thank again for their generosity.

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A Peek Beneath the Tarps

So you’ve noticed the tarps are up.

But I bet you’re wondering, what’s underneath? What did we find when we peeled back a layer of history?

Well, here are a few quick shots of what lies beneath.

Stay tuned for more updates!


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How to Eat and Drink French Fluently – at the Merchants!

A sold-out Wine Pairing event – “How to Eat and Drink French Fluently” – was a huge success this weekend at the Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum!

Chris Asay, Sommelier
Our marvelous Sommelier, Chris Asay

The parlor was packed with patrons, drinking and eating their way across France, with the help of our Sommelier, Chris Asay, who enthusiastically explained the finer points of each wine we sampled, all while listening to the live jazz music from the taproom, provided by The Hub Kings.

The Cheese Course

After the champagne course, the cheese course, the dinner course, AND the dessert course, we were surprised by a very special Cognac to finish the evening off perfectly.

Chris and Walter

A big THANK YOU to everyone who contributed, including of course the marvelous Chris Asay as well as Frederick Wildman and Sons for the donation of the tasting wine, Il Forno a Legna for providing the wonderful food, and Grape Expectations for the donation of a case of wine for door prizes.  We’d especially like to thank to Walter and Betty Makarucha, who put together this whole event, as well as all the volunteers to helped make this event a success!

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