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 https://www.facebook.com/rahwaygardenclub/
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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.
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.
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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MDTMA - 1632 St. Georges Ave - Rahway, NJ 07065 - (732)381-0441 ***
Mailing address: PO Box 1842 - Rahway, NJ 07065
Funding has been made possible in part by the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State, through a grant administered by the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Department of Parks & Recreation.
The MDTMA is dedicated to preserving the Merchants and Drovers Tavern (c. 1795/1820), the Terrill Tavern (c. 1735), developing the site as a tavern museum and to interpreting the important role played by taverns in early American history; to provide a regional educational, cultural and historic resource; and to preserve local history.