Mary Ellen Kramer Park Closure Announcement from the City of Paterson
Due to landscape improvement project, the City of Paterson closed Mary Ellen Kramer Park, landing & footbridge on November 4, 2013. The project may be completed by end of 2014. Falls can be viewed from Overlook Park. Call 973-321-1212 for project info.
Meet The Intern
Intern Lexi - NPS Photo
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.
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.
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?
Alexander Hamilton, founder of Paterson, faced great opposition to his ideas for an industrial America? Many government leaders, including Thomas Jefferson, believed the new nation should base its economy, and could grow powerful, through agriculture – growing what it needed and selling the surplus.