• Paterson Great Falls

    Paterson Great Falls

    National Historical Park New Jersey

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  • Take a guided walking tour or tune in to the free app.

    Join us for a guided tour at 11AM and 3PM on weekends thru 10/26. Meet us at the Alexander Hamilton statue at 72 McBride Avenue. Interested in a self-guided opportunity? Download the free app. Learn more about both options and we'll see you soon. More »

  • Only one portion of the park is closed - Mary Ellen Kramer Park

    Due to a landscape improvement project, a section of the park, Mary Ellen Kramer Park, and the pedestrian bridge crossing the chasm is closed. Project may be completed early in 2015. The Great Falls can still be viewed at Overlook Park, 72 McBride Ave.

Meet The Intern

Intern Lexi with interviewee Mr. Al. Marocco

Intern Lexi with interviewee Mr. Al Marocco

Intern Lexi - NPS Photo

As the second oral history intern at Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park, Lexi helps conduct oral histories, process interviews, and prepare information for the park website. Lexi is a senior in college and is majoring in history and secondary education. Previously, she has taken oral histories for the Veteran's Oral History Project and worked as a historic tour guide at the Sir Christopher Wren Building in Williamsburg, VA. When she's not at Great Falls this summer, she will be teaching English in Eastern Europe.

At Great Falls, Lexi is most interested in researching events at Hinchliffe Stadium, especially Negro League baseball games. Overall, she is fascinated by many areas of history, including African history, African-American history and early American history. She is also interested in education history and policy, and hopes to one day teach history at a charter school.In her free time, Lexi volunteers as an English teacher with an adult education organization. She also enjoys reading, hiking, and playing the flute.
Intern Keith in front of Great Falls of Paterson

Intern Keith in front of the Great Falls of Paterson

I. Goldman - NPS Photo

Keith was the first oral history intern at Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park. He created our 'Paterson Great Falls Memories' form and is conducting oral history interviews. A student of history and public relations at William Paterson University, Keith has also volunteered at the Botto House American Labor Museum in Haledon, one town over from Paterson.

By the end of his internship, Keith completed the following tasks:

- identified, contacted, interviewed and recorded 3-6 people who worked in, or owned, mills in Paterson, in order to gain first-hand knowledge about the history of the park and Paterson.

- implemented the oral history procedures and policies of the National Park Service and similar professional organizations.

- developed a set of standard operating procedures for documenting the interviews for public record and use by the National Park Service.

In his free time, Keith enjoys playing guitar and skateboarding.

Keith found his internship through the Student Conservation Association (SCA). The SCA works to build conservation leaders for the future and encourage stewardship of the environment and our communities.

You can read about Keith's SCA experience on his blog!

Did You Know?

Colonel Samual Colt

Samuel Colt was an early Paterson business owner? From 1836 until 1842, his gun mill produced about 5,000 guns. A lack of government contracts was a major factor in his failure in Paterson. He later achieved success in his hometown of Hartford, Conn., with the outbreak of the Mexican-American War.