Paterson Students Take Lead In Great Falls Walking Tour Reboot

U.S. - NJ 9th Dstrict Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. addressing the crowd at the rededication and reopening of the Mary Ellen Kramer Park at Great Falls National Historic Park. Credits: Javier Cabrera

The Mill Mile 2.0 Launch Party on May 12, 2016 will celebrate the collaboration between students at the STEM Academy at John F. Kennedy High School, the Hamilton Partnership for Paterson, and the National Park Service to enhance and update the popular Mill Mile audio walking tour and smartphone app.

The student-led nature of the Mill Mile 2.0 initiative ensures that the tour’s new content, technology, and educational materials will engage youth, and make an impact on future generations of National Park visitors. The audio tour includes the voices of inspiring figures such as Senator Cory Booker, Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, Super Bowl star Victor Cruz, and former chairman of the Jackie Robinson Foundation Leonard Coleman.

The event includes a catered picnic, student presentations, and an opportunity to take the new Mill Mile tour.

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WHAT:            Mill Mile 2.0 Launch Party, an event celebrating both the achievements of the students who worked on the Mill Mile project and the history and themes of the Paterson Great Falls. The event is free to attend.

WHO:              Students from the STEM Academy at John F. Kennedy High School, Hamilton Partnership for Paterson, National Park Service, and State Farm

WHERE:          Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park, Mary Ellen Kramer Park section, 72 McBride Avenue, Paterson, NJ

WHEN:            May 12, 2017

3:30—4:00 Meet the students

4:00—5:00 Partner speeches and student presentations

5:00—6:00 Explore the new Mill Mile tour and app

WHY:               The Mill Mile 2.0 initiative encouraged students not only to apply their existing skills to the project, but also to build and strengthen skills necessary for the future. The students were divided into teams that aligned with their college and career goals: writing and research, educational curriculum, publicity, exhibition development, and project management.

Many young people, especially those living in urban areas, feel little or no connection to America’s National Parks. The Mill Mile 2.0 initiative helped these students establish a deeper connection with the important history of their hometown, and develop a stronger bond with the National Park in their backyards. The goal is that through Mill Mile, other youth in Paterson and beyond will be inspired to forge their own connections with their communities.

Major funding for the Mill Mile 2.0 initiative provided by State Farm.

Mill Mile is a free audio walking tour of the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park, available as an iPhone or Android app, brochure, or call-in number. For more information about the tour, visit For more information about the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park, visit - See more at:

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