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Great Falls Youth Corps Launches Second Summer Program

The Great Falls Youth Corps has returned to begin its second summer program. Comprised of 24 newcomers and 6 returning senior members, the GFYC brings together youth from several Paterson area high schools to learn about the city of Paterson as they play a vital role in the launching of the new Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park. The members will take part in an improved educational curriculum that will provide hands-on, place-based educational experiences on topics ranging from the architecture of the Historic District, the National Park System, the environment, renewable energy, civic engagement, and the history of Paterson and its legacy as the first planned industrial city. Members will have the opportunity to share these lessons with other Paterson high school and elementary students. The Youth Corps will also participate in the maintenance and beautification of the site of the new park, helping to foster the public’s enjoyment of the public space.

Funded by the National Park Service, as well as several grants and private donations, the Corps was founded in 2009 and is administered by the New Jersey Development Corporation. Paterson schoolteachers and AmeriCorps members will also play key roles in the GFYC’s professional development and organization.

Building on the impressive gains the students made in the GFYC’s inaugural summer last year, the members will continue to develop a sense of pride in their city and in themselves, growing as ambassadors to their neighborhood and active participants in shaping Paterson’s future. Members will take the lead in the organization and management of the GFYC’s activities, including maintenance and clean-up, interactive educational activities, outreach to the larger Paterson community, and documentation of the students’ accomplishments. As part of the training for their full-time jobs, members will once again travel to the national park in Lowell, MA, where the students last summer were able to see first-hand how Lowell celebrates America’s industrial heritage.

This year, the GFYC has the pleasure of welcoming Manny Martinez, a Paterson native and accomplished educator from the Community Charter School of Paterson, as its new director. He brings to the program a wealth of experience in the education of Paterson’s youth and a passion for improving the quality of life for the city’s residents. Mr. Martinez will provide a new level of inspiration and empowerment to the youth of the GFYC.

Celebrate Economic Independence Day in Paterson

For the American economy, Independence Day was also the 4th of July—but the year was 1792.

We celebrate America's political independence by looking back to the Declaration of Independence, approved by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, at what is now Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia. But precisely sixteen years after the Declaration of Independence, Alexander Hamilton, the nation's first Treasury Secretary, met with a group of leading American investors on a New Jersey riverbank near what was then the nation's most powerful waterfall, pouring up to two billion gallons of water into a deep gorge each day.

In 1792, America remained woefully dependent upon England and Europe for all manufactured goods-even military supplies. Hamilton told Congress that America would forever be at the mercy of foreign powers unless the young nation also won economic independence, and he created a strategy to achieve it, starting in Paterson.

True to Hamilton's vision, Paterson grew to become a great industrial city for many goods essential to America's economic independence. And to recognize both Paterson's natural beauty and the city's critical role in our economic history, President Obama signed into law legislation creating the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park.

Over the 4th of July weekend this year, visit this hidden gem of our nation's economic history, the Paterson Great Falls. No other natural wonder has played a more pivotal role in our nation's quest for independence and prosperity.

Paterson Arts Council Third Annual Art Walk, June 11

The Paterson Arts Council (PAC) will present the third annual Paterson Art Walk on June 11, a one-day collaborative exhibition of over one hundred local, regional and international artists and curators. The Art Walk's focus is to provide a novel opportunity for everyone to experience site-specific and other temporary art installations within the newly designated Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park and the adjacent Downtown Commercial Historic District. Visual and performing arts, dance, music, fine art, poetry, sculptural works, and site-specific installations will appear in a variety of Paterson venues, including fast-food restaurants, vacant industrial mills, theaters, 1900s Beaux Arts commercial buildings and Paterson's new downtown mall space, Center City. The Art Walk opens at 10am, Saturday, June 11, rain or shine and closes at 10pm the same day. Walking maps are available on the PAC website,, as well as at the Paterson Museum, Great Falls Cultural Center, Paterson Library and City Hall. Please note that not all participating locations are ADA accessible. A visit to the Great Falls, the Paterson Museum, a bite to eat and downtown shopping are just blocks away from each other. For more information or to participate, please contact the PAC at

Henry Taub, 1927 - 2011
Henry Taub (center) with his brother Joe (left) and Frank Lautenberg. (Credit:

Henry Taub (center) with his brother Joe (left) and Frank Lautenberg.
(Photo from ADP)

We mourn the loss of Henry Taub, whose love of Paterson joined with his generosity for many good causes, just one of which was the creation of the Hamilton Partnership. His philanthropy included charities from Paterson to Israel, including important centers for Middle East studies at NYU and Alzheimer's research at Columbia University.

Alexander Hamilton launched the American Dream in Paterson; Henry Taub lived it. From School No. 6 on one side of the Danforth Library to Eastside High School on the other, Henry developed a fervent belief in education as the key to economic advancement. He skipped two grades in the Paterson Public Schools and worked his way through NYU in three years, graduating with a degree in accounting at the age of 19, which was too young to become a CPA. With a small amount of borrowed money, he set up a small business to help local mill owners do their payroll more efficiently and accurately than the old way of trying to do it themselves. The business grew slowly, and he hired his brother Joe out of high school to help, moving to a larger office in the Carroll Plaza Hotel.

Henry and his brother met an insurance salesman named Frank Lautenberg, who helped them build the business, initially working part-time on commission. The small company grew steadily and expanded beyond Paterson and northern New Jersey to New York, and then to Boston and Florida and beyond. Today that company is known as ADP, a multinational payroll and data services corporation with more than $9 billion in revenues around the world.

Henry's immigrant father was the last licensed junk peddler in Paterson, traveling the streets with a horse, wagon, and bell long after his son's success meant that no one in the family had to work that way anymore. Henry too was a modest man and a quiet presence in business and philanthropy--and even in the NBA when he was one of the owners of the Nets

Despite these accomplishments--and many more--around the world, there always was joy in Henry's eyes when he talked about living on Carroll Street and later on Tenth Avenue, going to Eastside Park, and starting and growing his business in downtown Paterson. Last spring, he came to the Great Falls with three generations of the Taub Family so that his children and grandchildren could learn more about the city that was such an important part of his life.

Dodge Foundation Visits Paterson

Dodge Blog: Can an Urban Waterfall Repower Paterson?

Patterson Silk Machinery ExchangeA team of Dodge staff and trustees recently toured the Great Falls area - now the heart of the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park. Leonard Zax, President of the Hamilton Partnership, and Bill Bolger, Paterson National Park Project Manager, brought to life a planned project called the Mill Mile. The Mill Mile will involve a series of walking tours and educational materials that will be an integral part of America's newest National Park. Mill Mile will engage Paterson residents and visitors through history, art, literature, and environmental education.

From NPR: A River Runs Through It

NPRThe latest installment of National Public Radio reports on the great rivers of the world features the Passaic River, whose spectacular Great Falls was the reason for Alexander Hamilton founding Paterson in 1792. Listen to NPR's Art Silverman as he reports on his 90 mile voyage along the river that begins with the convergence of several streams in a Mendham, NJ, reaches a climax at the Great Falls in Paterson, and then continues through a polluted Superfund Site in Newark before flowing into Hudson Bay.

Lionel Trains Come to Historic Locomotive Manufactory

Mayor Jeff Jones, Lionel CEO Jerry Calabrese, and Paterson Museum Director Giacomo DeStefano. Photo by Joseph CostaThis Holiday Season is the perfect time to see The World of Lionel at the Paterson Museum, a restored historic factory built by the company that once made the finest locomotives in America. The exhibit runs thru January 2, 2011.

[Photo: Mayor Jeff Jones, Lionel CEO Jerry Calabrese, and Paterson Museum Director Giacomo DeStefano.]

The main exhibit fills the center of a large room, creating many viewing perspectives on eight trains running simultaneously through the highly detailed scenery. In addition to the working layout, visitors will see Lionel artwork and an entire wall of Lionel's latest products, including a special section featuring Lionel's recent partnership with the NASCAR Teams Licensing Trust.

At the opening of the show on November 7, Lionel CEO Jerry Calabrese spoke about Lionel's connections to Paterson. And Mayor Jeffery Jones joined in welcoming Lionel to what once was the greatest locomotive manufacturing city in America.

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Photo by Joseph CostaThe holiday exhibition is co-sponsored by Lionel Electric Trains, Paterson Museum and the Hamilton Partnership for Paterson. The show is on view to the public through January 2, 2011.

The Paterson Museum is located at 2 Market Street on the corner of Market and Spruce Streets in Paterson's Great Falls/S.U.M. Historic District in the former erecting shop of the Rogers Locomotive & Machine Works. The Museum's visiting hours are Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 to 4:00 and Saturday & Sunday from 12:30 to 4:30. For more information contact the Museum at 973.321.1260.

[Photos by Joseph Costa]

The Future of Paterson’s Past: What Can a National Park Do?

Flyer ImageThe evolving Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park connects the city of the present with the city of the past. The Great Falls themselves couple Paterson to distant geological time, to its political and economic origins, and to adjacent raceways and factories. America's newest national park will preserve and interpret artifacts from the City's historic past, beginning in the late 1700s as an industrial dynamo to the present day as a manufacturing and labor center.

Beyond preserving, revealing, and interpreting the past, however, the evolving Paterson National Park represents an opportunity to affect the future, to provide a focal point for the City circled by the curve of the Passaic River below and Garret Mountain above. This discussion with two principal actors in the unfolding story of the Park— Leonard Zax and Bill Bolger—explores the question “What Can a National Park Do?” What are the unique challenges and promises of this Park? How does it compare to other Parks and how does it differ in possibilities? What does recognition of a “National Park” mean? Who will benefit, and how?

Most importantly, this conversation will not only celebrate the contribution of people from diverse backgrounds and talents, of high social status and low, who forged the history of the City, but will engage the question of how people can help to shape the future of the City.

This free event is open to the public and will take place on Sunday, October 31, 2010, from 2:00 to 4:00pm at the William Paterson University's David and Lorraine Cheng Library Auditorium.

For more information, please visit, call 973.720.2113 or download the flyer.

Star-Ledger Editorial: Great Falls in Paterson

We applauded the designation earlier this year of Paterson's Great Falls as a National Historical Park, and now we're glad to see Congress following through with funding.
Legislation on its way to President Obama includes $500,000 to develop a management plan for the park -- in effect, to start planning the future of the past.

Great Falls Looks to Future of National Park

He's crossed over the Great Falls on a tightrope with the Flying Wallendas and talked a man off a ledge above the water, but Rep. Bill Pascrell's proudest public feat is the naming of Paterson's Great Falls Historical District as America's newest national park.