The Newark History Museum will open for the season on Sunday, debuting several new exhibits, including one highlighting the 100th anniversary of the Newark Country Club.
The Founders Day event – which commemorates the 263rd anniversary of Newark’s founding – will run from 2 to 5 p.m.
In addition to the museum being open, historical walking tours will be offered at 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. One will head west and cover the area around Phillips Park, Orchard Road and West Park Place. Another will head east and cover Kells Avenue, the Wollaston Tract and East Park Place.
“You’ll be able to do both tours and see the museum, all in one day,” museum curator Mary Torbey said.
Aetna Hose Hook and Ladder Company’s antique fire engine, Old Bessie, will be on display as well.
Torbey said the highlight of this year’s exhibits is the one on Newark Country Club, which loaned the museum a number of artifacts for display.
“I think the general public will find this interesting because they’ll see things that have never been displayed to the public before,” Torbey said.
Many artifacts from the club’s early history were lost when the club burned down in 1957, but the exhibit does include Mary B. McDowell’s putter, which survived the fire. McDowell was the most prolific winner in the club’s history.
Other items on display include a plaque commemorating golfers who have hit a hole-in-one throughout the years, old photos of the club and a portrait former Blue Hens coach Tubby Raymond painted of longtime golf pro Joe Aneda Jr.
Another new exhibit, “Growing Up in Newark,” includes items from a variety of organizations and businesses that Newarkers will remember from their childhoods, including Oaklands Pool, Inden’s clothing store, Newark National Little League, Wonderland Records and more.
The museum’s “Made in Newark” exhibit has been expanded and now includes dolls made by Shader’s China Dolls, which was located on Dawson Drive in the 1980s, and photos of manufacturing sites from the 1910s.
A new display in the front of the museum highlights an assortment of the museum’s most recent acquisitions, including a Newark High School Marching Band hat from 1958, a Newark High class ring from 1935 and glasses and a tablecloth from the historic H.B. Wright house.
The Newark History Museum will be open every Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. through late fall. Admission is free, though donations are accepted. The museum is located at 429 S. College Ave., in the old Newark Train Station under the South College Avenue bridge. Free parking is available at the museum.
Visitors must wear masks, and capacity will be limited to allow for social distancing.