CFNJ Morris Committee Sends 100 Campers to Museum

August 7, 2013

Thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of New Jersey’s Morris County Fund, more than 100 campers from Dover were able to visit the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts in Morristown.  And the Whole Foods Market of Madison helped out too, providing healthy lunches for the campers.

The Morris County Fund was created to distribute dollars from Legacy Funds given to CFNJ.  Families who establish Legacy Funds can specify an issue, cause or hometown that they would like to have their charitable legacy impact.  CFNJ can then respond quickly to ever-changing community needs through grants designed around the spirit of the donor’s wishes.  The Fund’s current focus areas include: education, health, child welfare, immigrant welfare, and music education, among others.

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More than 100 campers fill Museum of Early Trades & Crafts in Madison thanks to grant

On Monday, July 22 and Wednesday, July 24, campers from the Neighborhood House in Dover, NJ visited the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts and enjoyed healthy lunches donated by Whole Foods Market of Madison thanks to the a grant from the Community Foundation of New Jersey.

More than 100 children and chaperones from the Neighborhood House in Dover, NJ filled the Museum over a two day span for a full-day visit to the Museum. Funded by the Community Foundation of New Jersey, the camp children participated in a number of the Museum’s popular education programs, which include interactive lessons and craft projects for each child to take home.
In addition, Whole Foods Market of Madison generously donated delicious and healthy bagged lunches that included a sandwich, fruit, a cookie and water for each child and chaperone.

For many of the campers this was their first time visiting at the Museum. They were thrilled with the unique history programs they got a chance to participate in and asked lots of questions. Campers left the Museum chatting to each other about what they learned with large smiles on their faces.

Morristown Neighborhood House (MNH) was founded in 1898 as a settlement house that helped Italian immigrants become acclimated to a new culture.

Their mission is to promote community stability and economic growth by helping transition immigrant families into their communities, fostering cross-cultural awareness, and assisting working and impoverished families to maximize their educational, social, physical, and economic potential.

Established in 1979, the Community Foundation of New Jersey is an alliance of families, businesses and foundations that work together to create lasting differences in people’s lives and communities.

Their mission is to support charitable giving that is inspired by donors, targeted at making communities stronger, driven by creative solutions, and effective in achieving lasting change. They have a network of affiliates in Newark, Mercer, Monmouth and Morris Counties, and in South Jersey.

Through a combination of Legacy Funds and Donor Advised Funds, the foundation has granted an average of more than $25 million each year to charitable organizations and currently stewards more than $250 million in charitable assets for current needs and future challenges.

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Regular Museum admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, students and children 6 and older, and free for members and children under 6. Family maximum admission $13. The Museum is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Closed Monday and Major Holidays. (SUMMER HOURS- July and August, Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday)

Housed in a 1900 Richardsonian-Romanesque Revival building listed on the National Register of Historic places, the Museum explores 18th- and 19th-century American history, with a focus on New Jersey. Drawing on its collection of over 8,000 hand tools and their products, METC uses material culture to interpret the lives and technologies of people who lived and worked before the rise of large-scale industrialization in this country.

The Museum offers visitors of all ages a broad range of changing exhibits, and related programs that address many facets of early American history, craftsmanship, and the diversity of trades performed by men and women.

The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts received a General Operating Support Grant from the Borough of Madison, Charles Read Foundation, F.M. Kirby Foundation and Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders. The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.

The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts is located at 9 Main St. in the heart of downtown Madison, just two blocks from the Madison train station. For information, call 973-377-2982, ext. 10 or visit

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