William Paterson University and Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park Sign Agreement Authorizing Collaborative Projects in Support of Preservation and Interpretation of the Park and its Resources
William Paterson University and Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park have signed an agreement authorizing collaborative projects in support of the preservation of the Park and its resources.
The agreement, which formalizes a partnership between William Paterson University and Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park designed to generate greater use of the Park’s historical, cultural, and natural resources for educational purposes, was signed by William Paterson University President Kathleen Waldron and Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park Superintendent Darren Boch during a ceremony on June 25 at the Park.
“This Park is situated in a city that was the birthplace of what has become William Paterson University,” said Kathleen Waldron, president of William Paterson University. “We are proud of that heritage and happy to support and partner in efforts toward renewal in which the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park plays a critical role.”
“National parks rely on partners to build strong public support, awareness, and to develop and launch projects and programs that serve the visitor and the partner,” said Darren Boch, park superintendent. “I am pleased that William Paterson will be the Great Falls first university partner and I look forward to working with them on the advancement of our respective educational missions.”
The collaboration will include a variety of initiatives. The Park will provide internship opportunities for William Paterson students, make presentations to William Paterson students on a variety of topics; and host University presentations, lectures, courses, and events in the Park.
In addition, William Paterson will seek to involve highly qualified faculty and students in collaborative programs and initiatives with the Park, especially those designed to promote and make accessible to the public a deeper understanding of the interpretative themes of the Park and its surroundings.