Puppet Heap – free exhibition 2:00 – 5:00 at the Hoboken Historical Museum

Puppet Heap Takes Over Upper Gallery
Last weekend, the Museum flipped the switch on our new website design. Same URL:, but with a new look and organization. Coming soon is a new online Museum shop! We’re also building up our social media pages, including Facebook, Pinterest, Flickr and YouTube — we hope to make it easier to share information and inspire more curiosity about Hoboken. Check it all out and let us know what you think!
Opening this Sunday in the Upper Gallery…
Puppet Heap, nationally famous puppet design studio. click on the image to visit the group's website.
Puppet Heap, nationally famous puppet design studio. click on the image to visit the group’s website.
Strange Neighbors: The Art & Imagination of Puppet Heap
The public is invited to a free opening reception from 2 – 5 pm Sunday, Mar. 18 for a new Upper Gallery exhibition featuring Hoboken’s own Puppet Heap, an innovative design and fabrication studio that creates and brings to life some of the world’s most beloved characters using both traditional and cutting-edge techniques to share stories with modern audiences.An artist’s talk and short film screening start at 4 p.m.

Based in the former Levolor factory at 720 Monroe St., “The Heap” is led by artist and entrepreneur Paul Andrejco and boasts a team of the industry’s most talented designers, performers and craftspeople. The studio began in 1992 and has grown into an ever-expanding creative company that develops and designs characters for film, television, theater and the Web for such entertainment companies as Sesame Workshop, The Walt Disney Company, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon.
Andrejco and the Heap also produce award-winning short films such as “Omar’s Mother,” “Ye Ballade of Ivan Petrofsky Skevar,” “I Knew an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly” or most recently, “Mother Hubbard Among Others.” And they’ve created a line of retail puppets designed to inspire storytelling through play. The puppets are incredibly detailed and beautifully built from a variety of materials: paper tape, fabric, fur, papiermaché, silicone, latex rubber, among many other materials.

Early in his 20-year career, Andrejco worked at the Jim Henson Company as a puppet maker and character designer for the Muppets and other projects. If you saw the new Muppet movie that opened nationwide at Thanksgiving, you’ve seen the studio’s works—Walter, the star of the movie, was designed by Andrejco.

The exhibit is supported by a block grant from the State/County Partnership program for the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Division of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.

John Gomez will speak on "Mechanical Moderne: Architectural Innovation and Influence in the Holland Tunnel Ventilation Towers "
John Gomez will speak on “Mechanical Moderne: Architectural Innovation and Influence in the Holland Tunnel Ventilation Towers ” 
Tunnel Talks Continue in April:
Gomez on “Mechanical Moderne”

The Tunnel Talk series continues on Sunday, Apr. 15, at 4 p.m. with John Gomez, architectural historian and advisor to the Hoboken Historical Museum, who will give a talk titled, “Mechanical Moderne: Architectural Innovation and Influence in the Holland Tunnel Ventilation Towers,” about how the towers were designed. The architect was Norwegian, and brought a Scandinavian design sensibility to the project. He went on to work on other projects for the Port Authority, including the towers for the Lincoln Tunnel. The Tunnel Talk series is free and open to all.

Two more Tunnel Talks will help visitors “dig” into tunnel lore:
Sun., May 20, 4 p.m., Tunnel talk: “Highway Under the Hudson” author Dr. Robert W. Jackson will describe the conditions that precipitated the construction of the Holland Tunnel, and its impact since then.

Sun., Jun. 24, 4 p.m., Tunnel talk: “The Last Three Miles” author Steven Hart will discuss the riveting saga of the roads and bridges connecting the Holland Tunnel to the rest of the country.

The exhibit and speakers series are made possible through funding from the New Jersey Historical Commission, Applied Companies, Bijou Properties, T&M Contracting, United Way of Hudson County, and John Wiley & Sons.

Uptown Storytime: Mar. 15, Apr 5 & 19
Penny Metsch enthralls her fans
Penny Metsch enthralls her fans
Uptown Storytime Every 1st & 3rd Thursday
Toddlers and their parents or caretakers are invited to join librarian and Museum trustee Penny Metsch every other Thursday morning at 10 am for the popular Uptown Storytime. Penny chooses old favorites and new books sure to please kids ages 2 – 5 years. Suggested donation for adults is $2; free for members.
Mark your calendars: Upcoming Storytimes are April 5 and 19, May 3 & 17! 
Ready to explore the Mile Square city
Ready to explore the Mile Square city
Looking for summer fun for kids?
The Hoboken Historical Museum announces the dates for the2012 Summer Enrichment Program sessions, which booked up quickly last year. Each week-long session runs Monday – Friday from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm, at the Museum–with field trips around town.
Every day includes a little history, exploring, outdoor activities, crafts and a chance to make new friends and have lots of fun. The week costs $225 per child enrolled, Museum Members pay $190.
Visit our new website for more information.
Or call the Museum at 201-656-2240 or send an email to Robin Westervelt, Education Curator,
Fire Department Museum Open Weekends, 12-5 pm
Family fun at the Fire Dept. Museum!
Family fun at the Fire Dept. Museum!
Hoboken’s other best-kept secret is the Hoboken Fire Department Museum, at 213 Bloomfield Street. Come see how generations of fire fighters have battled fires in this dense urban environment. Memorabilia, including photos, hats and equipment, are arrayed floor-to-ceiling, and the fire fighters welcome visitors to climb up on the vintage fire truck.
Admission is free for children, $2 for adults. The Hoboken Historical Museum is happy to help the department staff the Museum on weekends from noon to 5 pm.

The Hoboken Historical Museum is open six days a week at 1301 Hudson St., Hoboken, NJ 07030. Our hours are 2 – 7 pm Tuesdays through Thursdays, 1 – 5 pm on Fridays, and noon – 5 pm on weekends. Our number is 201-656-2240.
Stop by and see our exhibits, browse our growing collection of t-shirts, books, mugs and postcards, or check out our website and browse our online collections.
Happy exploring!

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