The Water Works Conservancy needs your support and welcomes new
members, volunteers and the public. Because water is becoming one of
the most important issues in the United States and the world,
WWC’s educational outreach, The WWC Museum-in-a-Box and its
history and educational programming are vitally important not just
locally but statewide, nationwide and internationally.
Your membership, donations, participation and volunteer work help WWC
accomplish its mission: to help Bergen County preserve the Historic
Hackensack Water Works and continue its important educational outreach.
WWC has a large and growing membership from Bergen County, greater New
Jersey, the United States and the world. Benefits of membership
contributions support the Conservancy's programs and serve
as matching funds for government and other grants. Membership
- Participation in the
Conservancy's Annual Meeting
(See EVENTS for date);
- Invitations to special
events and monthly Members Evenings;
- Discounts at WWC
events and at the WWC Store;
- The E-Letter ARTS
& HISTORY LINE, a monthly calendar of area art and history
- WWC newsletters; and
- Updates on the status
of the National Historic Hackensack Water Works site, its preservation
If you wish to use cash or check to become a WWC Member, Click on Membership above (download membership form)
WWC welcomes donations of any amount and sponsorships of its programs,
events and educational outreaches. It is said that
“It takes a village” to raise a child, but it takes
more than a village, it takes ALL OF US to support WWC’s
historic preservation efforts and educational outreach through programs
and exhibits to teach our children about their past, their present and
their ability to impact and shape their future.
WWC’s unique approach to telling the story of WATER through
the lens of history provides children of all ages and adults with a
context and a sense of the flow of history, past to future, and their
place in that flow. Your donations and sponsorships enable
WWC to fulfill its mission.
No matter how small or large, your dollars will help to expand the
outreach of the Water Works Conservancy, the WWC Museum, events, its
educational programs and Exhibits.
WWC will have a RECOGNITION PAGE on the Website that identifies all of
the Sponsors. The Sponsors’ names will be featured on all
publications relevant to the event sponsored -- posters, flyers, etc.
The Sponsors' names will also be included in any printed materials to
be distributed to the children and audience for the event. WWC will
send press releases to all local papers, the Bergen Record, the Star
Ledger and the NY Times NJ Section about the Sponsors' generosity.
Sponsors will be invited to the opening reception for each exhibit they
sponsor and to any special event which they underwrite.
Please click on Donate/Sponsor at the top of the page for a
Sponsorship/Donation form to download.
- GIFTS OF THE HACKENSACK
WATER WORKS award-winning
book to public libraries or school libraries - $30 each
Enables the WWC to donate a copy of its award-winning book, The
Hackensack Water Works by Clifford W. Zink, to a public library or a
- MAILING POSTAGE for WWC
EVENTS - $250
This provides the mailing of a
postcard to all interested members and the public informing them of
events happening at the WWC Museum. These Post Cards are
biodegradable inks and are part of the Green Planning of WWC.
UNDERWRITING - $250 for each mailing
- MEMBERS EVENINGS - $300
Members Evenings are delightful evenings open to
Members of WWC and the Public once a month, the fourth Thursday of each
month, and include entertaining and delightful speakers, authors and
book-signings on various topics relevant to the history of the
Hackensack River Valley. Each Members Evening includes a talk
usually a power point and then a social period with Wine and Cheese or
other appropriate treats, during which the audience is able to mingle
and ask questions of the speaker.
COST OF UNDERWRITING $300 for each
- EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING
for CHILDREN - $325
Each $325 donation allows us
to bring a docent/educator to present one of our Musem-in-a-Box
programs to 3 different school groups (Approximately 180 children) in
their own school, including special activities a usually a copy of the
Hackensack Water Works book by Clifford Zink is donated to the school
library and often the children receive their own copy to take home.
- FAMILY WORKSHOPS-$400
As part of WWC's continuing "Community History," a
series of workshops for families are scheduled which will guide family
groups in discovering their own family history, creating their own
family tree and writing their own family story.
These workshops will
be limited to 40 people
COST OF UNDERWRITING $400 for each workshop
- ANNUAL ENVIRONMENTAL DAY
Each Spring, WWC Co-Sponsors an
Environmental Day– and brings a docent and other speakers to
children in both public and private schools to learn about the history
of the Hackensack River Valley, the Hackensack River and environmental
issues impacting the River and the Valley.
COST OF UNDERWRITING: $850
( or some part thereof)
- ANNUAL SPRING
A celebration of the seasonal return of
Spring focusing on the history of the Hackensack River Valley,
including, but not limited to the Lene Lenape and their return to the
lower Hackensack River to fish and a commemoration of Chief Oratam,
whose land grant to a Tenafly woman was then sold to a “Von
Buskirk”...and you know the rest of the history leading to
establishment of the Hackensack Water Works on Van Buskirk
COST of UNDERWRITING: $2,000 (or some part thereof)
- A MUSEUM IN A BOX
OUTREACH - $6,000
Create a Museum in a Box for one of
the WWC MUSEUM’s Exhibits to allow the educational
outlying and underserved school systems that , due to budget cutbacks,
are unable to bring their students to the Museum. This
provides a “traveling Museum Exhibit” and an
educator/docent to visit
one school for one day and bring the “Museum” to
the classroom for 5 to
- COMPLETING DESIGN AND
ViSUALS FOR THE NEW BOOK – THE HISTORY OF THE
HACKENSACK RIVER VALLEY - $15,000
This will provide the funding for the
illustrator, the author and the book designer to complete the design of
the WWC’s new book, the History of the Hackensack River
Valley, due to
be published soon and aimed at 4th through 8th grade students.
first book, The Hackensack Water Works by Clifford W. Zink, won both
the New Jersey and the Bergen County Historic Preservation Award and
was a National Book Award Nominee.Help complete this second book and
provide a valuable resource for studying water, rivers and the
interaction of the cultures who depend on the rivers and their water.
Iron Staircase of Old #7 at the Historic
Water Works. Photo by: Dave Frieder
View of Hackensack River