Author Archives: Eileen Opromollo

The First Hour: A Brief Reflection on the Great Fire of 1902

It was nearing 8am. I had roughly twenty-five minutes before school started so I drove down Broadway to the NJ Transit Bus Terminal. Across the street there were taxis and busses parked in a large lot. I found it funny … Continue reading

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“You are Here:” The Center of Colt’s City

Last week, we brought our students to see a movie at Paterson’s Center City Mall.  I arrived early, stopped at the café for a white chocolate mocha, stared out of the windows at the old Post Office on Ward and … Continue reading

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History for Sale: The Story of 111 Washington, The Old Paterson Police Headquarters

Every morning and at least three times a day, I walk down Washington Street, near the center of Downtown Paterson. It’s a narrow, one-way street beset by what seems an endless row of towering buildings, akin to an alleyway one … Continue reading

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Hope & Labor: Celebrating the Legacy of Paterson

Paterson, NJ was the gem in the crown of the American Industrial Revolution; a city of unmistakable value, not only for its industrial production, innovative design and inspiring pioneers, but for its unyielding strength, surviving numerous floods, fire, a tornado, and … Continue reading

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MissO Bio

I am a full time educator nearing the completion of my second MA degree, and a published historian. Since 2006 I’ve taught several, secondary social science courses, including World History, USI & II, Sociology, Historiography, and World Concepts & Themes, … Continue reading

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