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History of the Mahwah Estate That Became Ramapo College is Subject of a Presentation By Mahwah Museum Society

(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


About Ramapo College

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 comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per 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, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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