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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)September 17, 2004

(Mahwah) – From Dairy Farm to State College,” a presentation by the Mahwah Museum Society in cooperation with Ramapo College of New Jersey, is scheduled Monday, October 18 at 8 p.m. in the Trustees Pavilion on the college campus. An optional campus tour will begin at 7 p.m. sharp at the Pavilion.

Tom Dunn, a Mahwah resident and former trustee of Ramapo College, will speak about Theodore Havemeyer of the Sugar Trust,” who, in the 1880s and 1890s assembled acreage that became the Ramapo College campus, and about Stephen Birch, the founder of Kennecott Copper, whose family owned the estate at the time of its purchase by the college in 1970.

Henry Bischoff, professor emeritus at Ramapo College and director of historical studies at the Hermitage Museum in Ho-Ho-Kus, will talk about the founding of Ramapo College and its social development into what U.S. News & World Report recently ranked as number one among comprehensive public colleges in the northern region of the U.S.

Richard Roberts, associate vice president for administration and finance at the college, will present a slide show of the development of the unique buildings on campus.

Limited parking will be available in the Pavilion parking lot, which can be reached through the north entrance to the College. Additional parking is available in the faculty/staff lots.

Tickets are not required, but reservations can be made by phone at 201.825.1226 or by e-mail to


Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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