All Seats Taken at Annual Member Dinner!

As has been the case since its inception, the Annual Member Dinner this year, held on Saturday, January 25, was completely sold out. Even though the dinner was postponed from the week before due to bad weather, all reservations were filled.

Those in attendance were treated to a potluck meal which featured everything from appetizers to main dishes to desserts

During the evening, President Rick Zdan thanked all those members who worked on this year’s programs and gave a preview of the programs to be featured this year. Director of Museum Operations Alex Shipley presented a brief history of our museum and thanked the members for their help in making our Association one of the most active in the state.

The association would like to thank the committee who organized and prepared the event. Committee members included Cathy and Joe Keefe, Annette and Dave Satkowski, and Betty Makarucha.

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The Rahway Garden Club Fall Clean-up at the MDTMA

The Three Musketeers arrive promptly at 10AM and work begins.

On Saturday, November 23, the Rahway Garden Club arrived at the Merchants and Drovers to take care of the Fall Clean-Up of the garden they maintain on-site.

“We navigated quickly around garden. Within 1/2 hour, dead plant matter was cut, gathered, and moved beneath nearby shrub for birds to feast. Please notice that three large garbage can loads of dead plants is barely visible beneath a shrub – food for nature looks natural.

“Afterwards we enjoyed steaming hot snack of stewed apples and oatmeal with Deb. Israel had ice cream. Dave planned our next adventure, the trimming of low hanging branches.

“Janice may use some American Beauty berry bush limbs for decoration around M&D – outside only. Some cut limbs may also find there way to Rahway Arts District Park for decoration. Thanks to Janice for use of building and thanks to Dave Brown for use of his shears. “

Thanks so much to the Rahway Garden Club for all their work throughout the season to maintain our garden! The Rahway Garden Club meets on the third Thursday of the month at the Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum, and all are invited. For more info, visit them on Facebook at

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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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