The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts (METC) is embarking on a new social project, Share Your Story.  The purpose of the project is to collect stories from the community amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants will be able to document their personal experiences of living in New Jersey during this unprecedented crisis through a link on METC’s website Submissions can be in the form of written narrative, audio, video, drawings, or photography. These stories will then be available for the public to view on our website, sharing and preserving this important piece of history.

Everyone has a story to tell, and as a history museum we work at preserving and sharing the unique stories of the everyday people who lived in New Jersey in the past, helping people connect with each other through history.  These stories are their testimonies that live on for future generations, helping us learn about who we were and who we are as a nation. COVID-19 has changed people’s lives in so many ways, including how we work, socialize, care for and interact with each other. This is an important moment in history, and this is why METC wants to help document it for future generations, sharing the story of how the people of New Jersey were resilient, kind, creative, and generous.  Documenting these times and expressing your personal feelings can be cathartic and healing and we hope you will join us in sharing your stories, and helping us capture a moment in history.

METC is currently closed to the public. Please visit for any updates and for activities for all ages. For more information on the Share Your Stories project, please email

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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.