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A Tale of Two Historic Cities: Paterson and Washington, D.C.

A New Exhibit at the Paterson Museum

Hamilton Partnership for Paterson

Paterson,New Jersey (PR MediaRelease) June 28, 2017

A Tale of Two Historic Cities, opening at the Paterson Museum on Saturday, July 1, celebrates the special relationship between Paterson and Washington, D.C. that has developed over the last 225 years. Beginning with Alexander Hamilton, who played a major role in determining where the cities were built and what they would become, the relationship would continue and evolve over the next two centuries. The exhibit explores the notable public leaders, city planners, civil rights pioneers, entrepreneurs, artists, and entertainers that forged historic and contemporary connections between the two cities.

A Tale of Two Historic Cities, organized by the Hamilton Partnership for Paterson, the Paterson Museum, and the National Park Service, was inspired by what Paterson students have learned about the extraordinary connections between their hometown and our nation’s capital. Three students who participated in an educational trip to Washington, D.C. in the summer of 2016 will be available to discuss their experiences and answer questions at a special press preview of the exhibit on Friday, June 30, at 3:00 pm. The Hamilton Partnership and the Paterson Museum will host an opening reception for the exhibit on Tuesday, July 4 at 12:00 pm.

WHO: Hamilton Partnership for Paterson, Paterson Museum, National Park Service

WHERE: Paterson Museum, 2 Market Street, Paterson, NJ

WHEN: Press Preview: Friday, June 30 at 3:00 pm

Exhibit opens on Saturday, July 1

Opening reception on Tuesday, July 4 at 12:00 pm

WHAT: Learn about the many special relationships between Paterson, the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution, and Washington, D.C., our nation’s capital.

The City of Paterson, along with community stakeholders and nonprofit organizations, has organized a weekend of events celebrating Alexander Hamilton’s founding of Paterson 225 years ago. A full schedule of “Paterson 225” events can be found here:

For more information about the Hamilton Partnership for Paterson, please visit For more information about the Paterson Museum, please visit

The Hamilton Partnership for Paterson is the official Friends group of the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to enhancing the educational, social, environmental, and economic benefits of the National Park for the city and the region. Their Mill Mile audio tour and smartphone app show’s visitors many of Paterson’s spectacular natural and historic landmarks, telling the stories of the world’s first city of innovation.

Leonard Zax
Hamilton Partnership for Paterson
Robin Gold
Hamilton Partnership for Paterson
Program Director

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