Sunday, July 6, 2014

The Great Falls at Paterson

On Monday, August 4 at 7:00 pm, Kevin Woyce will present an illustrated program on the Great Falls at Paterson. Recognized as a natural wonder in Colonial days and recently designated a National Park, the Great Falls of the Passaic River powered the factories of America's first great industrial city throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Mr. Woyce, who specializes in programs on our region’s past, will explain the history of the falls, discuss the industries that grew up around them from locomotive building to silk weaving. He will also introduce the colorful personalities who shaped that history, including founding father Alexander Hamilton, who first suggested harnessing the falls in 1791; the industrious Colt family; and silk merchant Catholina Lambert, who once watched over his factories from a mountainside castle.

There is no charge to attend the library program, but advance registration is requested. Register online at, and follow the link under Adult Programs, or call the library at 908-766-0118 to sign up.

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