MADISON,NJ –Throughout the month of April, the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts (METC) has a few ways that visitors can get involved in good works for Madison and surrounding communities.

Paint it Yellow – April 1-30 - METC has partnered with IntoYellow, a community project which is shining a light on important issue of mental health. METC is exhibiting three original works of Optimist Art by local artists, which can also be purchased, and we are selling buttons that go to support this worthy cause. More information about IntoYellow can be found at www.intoyellow.com.

ShoeBox Recycling – April 1-30 – During the month of April, bring gently used shoes to the museum for donation to the Madison Environmental Commission's Town-wide Shoe Drive and receive $1 off regular admission. The maximum discount per person is $1 Donated shoes are distributed around the world by ShoeBox Recycling to communities in need. ShoeBox Recycling accepts casual shoes, dress shoes, work boots, soccer cleats, sneakers, sandals (no flip-flops), heels, flats, loafers that are clean and tied or banded together in pairs. ShoeBox Recycling does not accept damaged shoes, wet/mildewed shoes, metal spikes, plastic shoes, slippers, dress boots, ski/winter boots, skates/blades. This recycling program is in honor of a new addition to METC's Shoe Maker exhibit: a collection of 19th-century shoes and other items found hidden in the wall of a local Madison home. The practice of concealing shoes in homes dates back several centuries in western Europe and may have been a form of good luck charm.

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Mansion in May – April 1-30 - METC is proud to be an advanced ticket sales location for Mansion in May 2017 Designer Showhouse and Gardens at Alnwick Hall – The Abbey. This popular fundraiser for the Women's Association for Morristown Medical Center will help establish the Center for Nursing Innovation and Research at the medical center. Advanced tickets are $40 each and are only available at METC and other select locations until April 30. Once the Mansion opens on May 1, tickets will be $50 each. Tickets can be purchased with cash or check; credit cards are not accepted for Advanced Ticket sales. More information about Mansion in May can be found at www.mansioninmay.org.

“METC is located  in the heart of Madison and we are proud to be involved with these worthy programs that support our community,” said Deborah Farrar Starker, Executive Director. “This building was the first home of the Madison library, and the Museum continues the tradition of being a center for local information and community involvement.”

Explore American history with a focus on the life and stories of 18th- and 19th- century craftsmen and artisans. Drawing on its rich collection, METC is connecting the lives of people and their stories, while providing a bridge from the past to the future. 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.  METC is open Tuesday – Saturday 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. and Sunday Noon to 5 P.M. Closed Monday & Major Holidays.