Just Around the Corner…
The John C. Storms Museum at Leach Chapel and Ellen Berdais Hall together make up the headquarters of the Pascack Historical Society at 19 Ridge Avenue, Park Ridge, New Jersey.
The Society began as a small group of local residents led by John C. Storms (1869-1962) who, with his brother James, had amassed a large collection of historical items of every nature.
From 1938, they met over a period of many months discussing the area’s history and making plans for its permanent preservation. It was on October 13, 1942, that the Certificate of Incorporation was signed and executed. (By its Charter, it will always remain a free-admission museum, where everyone is welcome.)
The volunteers met at various places throughout their planning stage. In 1952, the Society purchased its present home from the Congregational Church for the sum of $5,500 subscribed by more than 200 persons who realized the unique value of establishing a permanent historical museum in the Pascack Valley.
Since that time the museum has remained an all-volunteer organization. We have never had a paid employee since our inception. We think that is a remarkable feat. Our most difficult task is annually raising the money needed to keep our doors open.
Our members and the modest dues they pay are the lifeblood of the Society. We hope that you visit our museum very soon. If you are a member, we thank you for your support. We would not be about to provide for the children’s educational programs, all ages historical lectures, and artifact preservation work the museum undertakes without your support. If you are not yet a member, we invite you to visit and hope you might consider supporting us by becoming a member.
Board Members (2018-2019)
President – Jacqueline A. Martin
Vice President – Kristin Beuscher
Second Vice President – Thomas J. Norton, D.D.
Secretary – Barbara Bober
Treasurer – David M. Moskowitz, P.E.
Marilyn A. Miller, M.D.
Francesca M. Moskowitz*
Katharine P. Randall*
H. Carol Riccardo*
George L. Sherman, Jr. *
Joseph Michael Treanor
*Indicates Past President
Corporate Advisory Board
Edward Feins, DMD – Co-Chairman
Martin O. Seitz – Co-Chairman
Historical Advisory Board
Anthony Troncone, Ph.D. – Chairman
William “Pat” Schuber, Esq.
C.F. William Maurer
Historic Preservation Board
William A. Martin, RA, AIA – Chairman
Jonathan Pearlman, RA