There is no place like home for the holidays, and there is truly no place like Madison, New Jersey. To capture the Rose City’s history and charm, the staff at the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts curated and installed an exhibit in the windows of METC’s Education Annex, just in time for the holidays. Greetings from Historic Madison, displays images of bygone days as pictured on historic postcards from the collection of Barbara and Ralph Romano and from the museum’s postcard collection. Greetings from Historic Madison will be on view through January in METC’s Education Annex windows at 23 Main Street and is free and accessible to everyone.

This year, it was especially important for METC to deepen its connection with the Madison community. The Rose City may look a bit different this holiday season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and new traditions sparked by the pandemic may find families choosing to stay closer to home and incorporate virtual holiday celebrations. Fortunately, the Rose City remains a stalwart of consistency during this pandemic with shops and restaurants offering new ways to enjoy of their services, made even more festive by the charming holiday decorations that Madison is known for.  From the initial settlement of Bottle Hill ca. 1710 to present day Madison, our small enclave of New Jersey has remained a close-knit community anchored around its historic district, and we hope this new exhibit captures that community charm. We invite everyone to stop by and enjoy these postcards in the Education Annex and take the opportunity to explore the rich history of our town.

We have also added an interactive component to the exhibit which includes a map of all the various postcard locations. Visitors can scan a QR code in the exhibit to access a map, showing the current locations of the postcards on display. Some of the locations might surprise you! This historic scavenger hunt is the perfect activity for families looking for a fun and safe way to spend time together.

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Since many Madisonians are staying home for the holidays this year, METC is offering new membership opportunities and discounts for residents to explore the museum. New individual members will receive two free passes to bring friends to visit METC, Family Level Members will receive a reusable shopping tote perfect for shopping local this season and Patron Level Members will receive an insulated wine tote as well as a membership to North American Reciprocal Museum program. All levels of membership include free admission, discounts in our museum store and free METC virtual and in person special programs. A membership to one of New Jersey’s premier history museum is the perfect gift to give this holiday season as it supports history education right in our own backyard. For those who are looking to continue to support METC by renewing their current membership, METC is offering two-year membership specials at a discounted rate. For more information on METC’s membership program, visit www.metc.org/become-a-member.

The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts (METC) is a New Jersey history museum with over 50 years of experience in public service, education and historic preservation--helping all people connect to the stories of human movement and settlement, ingenuity and imagination.  At METC you can explore American history with a focus on the life and stories of 18th- and 19th- century craftspeople and artisans drawn from a rich collection of artifacts and archival materials.

Housed in a stunning Richardsonian Romanesque Revival building donated by D. Willis James to the people of Madison, NJ in 1900, METC offers something for visitors of all ages. Regular METC admission is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors, students & children 6 and older, and free for members and children under 6. Family maximum admission $15.00. Due to the COVID-19 Crisis, METC is open to walk in visits Tuesday through Friday only. Reservations are encouraged at least 24 hours in advance for Saturday and Sunday.  METC is open Tuesday – Saturday 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. and Sunday Noon to 5 P.M. Closed Monday & Major Holidays. Closed on Sundays during the Summer.

For information, please call 973-377-2982 or visit our website at www.metc.org.