Author Archives: Eileen Opromollo

About Eileen Opromollo

Eileen is a veteran-educator, published historian and digital content-creator, with an MA History and MFA in Creative and Professional Writing. Her coursework at New York University and William Paterson University has inspired and honed her skills as a researcher, editor, writer, and critical and creative thinking. Her career experience has merited her expert communications and management expertise, and an aptitude for distilling information into clear, concise summaries and presentations. Her passion and practice have earned her academic and professional accolades, including the NYU Founder's Day Scholar Award, Phi Alpha Theta membership, and the NJ Governor Teacher Recognition Teach of the Year Award. Eileen is, above all, a storyteller and ardent fan of the human spirit. Her self-proclaimed best accomplishments are those of her students.

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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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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