Museum of Early Trades & Crafts Names Dr. Sam Romano 2014 Craftsman of the Year

Dr. Sam Romano

Dr. Sam Romano


Madison, NJ – On Sunday, June 8th at 2 PM at the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, the Board of Trustees will honor local dentist, Sam Romano as the 2014 Craftsman of the Year with a late lunch reception as he presents a fascinating lecture tracing the evolution of dentistry from its earliest beginnings to the hi-tech practice of his office today.

Madison native Sam Romano DMD, a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University and UMDNJ-New Jersey Dental School, established his practice in Madison in 1986. He practices an ancient profession that has grown and evolved with advances in medical science and technology. Such links from past to present are at the heart of our Museum’s mission to enhance the understanding and appreciation of America’s past. Dr. Romano combines his professional knowledge with his skills as a craftsman to serve his patients.


Sam Romano advances his passion for dentistry with continuing education and training with leading practitioners in his field. He received the prestigious honor of Clinical Instructor at the Kois Center for Dental Excellence in Seattle, the premier post-doctoral dental teaching center in the world. He was recognized as one of “New Jersey’s Top Docs” and New Jersey Family Magazine’s favorite children’s doctors for three consecutive years.

Not content with just serving his own patients, Dr. Romano has conducted free clinics to provide preventive and restorative dental care to underserved children in New Jersey, and has traveled to Guatemala “to give children free smiles.”

He summed up his approach to his life and profession when he said “You’ll never feel as good as when you do something for somebody else. The greatest gift is when you have what somebody else needs, and you can give it to them.”

The Craftsman of the Year award was established in 2002 as a means to honor New Jerseyans who have, in their own unique ways, significantly advanced the Museum’s mission.
Past honorees include historian and author John Cunningham; Richard Bagger, then a state senator and long-time Museum supporter; past METC trustee and Collections Manager, Malcolm Dick; former Madison High School Music Director, John Bunnell; restorationist Carmine Toto, tool expert Herbert Kean; founder of The Astragal Press, Martyl Pollak and Gary Fisch owner of Gary’s Wine & Marketplace, local musician Jerry Vezza, Madison High School administrator, Mark De Biasse and historic preservationist Janet Foster.

Event proceeds benefit the Museum’s Education Programs which serve more than 7,000 participants a year.

Dr. Sam Romano

Dr. Sam Romano

Single Tickets are $35 and Benefactor tickets are $50 .  Please RSVP by June 1st.  Tickets can be purchased at the Museum, over the phone at 973-377-2982 x14 or online at

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