Paterson Museum

Upcoming Events 2023

Through March 25

Exhibition:

Paterson Great Falls: From Power to Park. The Paterson Great Falls has dual, sometimes conflicting, identities. The first, as a natural wonder, a scenic beauty and a tourist attraction. The second, as a source of power, providing the energy needed by the industries that developed into the City of Paterson. Paterson Great Falls: From Power to Park explores the waterfall’s long journey from a natural resource and industrial tool to becoming a protected park.

January 20

Program:

Power of Words: Feature and Open Mic Series. Join Word Seed Inc. and the Paterson Museum for Power of Words, a Paterson poetry experience. Beginning at 6pm, the evening will begin with open mic opportunities. Open mic will include a Youth Poetry Slam.

February 11

Program:

Power of Words: Feature and Open Mic Series. Join Word Seed Inc. and the Paterson Museum for Power of Words, a Paterson poetry experience. Beginning at 6pm, the evening will begin with open mic opportunities. Following open mic, the program will include readings by feature poet Elijah B. Pringle III.

February 17

Program:

Craig Redmond 26th Annual Free Drum Clinic and Music Workshop. More details coming soon.

February 18

Program:

Craig Redmond 26th Annual Free Drum Clinic and Music Workshop. More details coming soon.

April 1 – June 24

Exhibition:

Paterson’s Poets: Voices from the Silk City Since its founding in 1792, Paterson has been home to many poets. Still more have visited Paterson and been enthused by the beauty of the Great Falls or the ingenuity of the city’s residents. This exhibit celebrates and honors the poets who were not only inspired by Paterson, but became a part of our community, whether they lived, worked or played here.

April 1

Reception:

Paterson’s Poetry: Voices from the Silk City Join us from 1pm to 3pm as we open our newest exhibition. Speakers include Giacomo DeStefano, Museum Director and Talena Lachelle Queen, Paterson Poet Laureate and Word Seed Inc., President.

April 1

Program:

Power of Words: Paterson Poetry, Past and Present. The opening program for National Poetry Month, this collaboration with Word Seed Inc., will include poetry readings by featured poets and open mic opportunities for attendees. Program starts at 5pm.

April 29

Program:

Power of Words: Paterson Poetry Past and Present. The closing event for National Poetry Month, this collaboration with Word Seed Inc., will include readings by featured poets and open mic opportunities for attendees. Program begins at 5pm.

May 6

Lecture:

Recovering Paterson in Paterson. William Carlos Williams’s epic poem Paterson announces itself as a poem of place. Its title points us to the subject of the poem: Paterson, New Jersey. And yet, scholarship on Williams’s epic poem has often overlooked the history, geography, and people of Paterson. This talk seeks to recover the importance of Paterson in Paterson by discussing Williams’s relationship with the city—a relationship that both grew with the poem and exceeded it. Presented by Kyra Morris, a PhD candidate in English at Princeton University.

July 1 – Sept 23

Exhibition:

Order’s Up! Paterson and the Rise of the New Jersey Diner: This exhibit will focus on Paterson’s contributions to the Diner industry, including information about the Paterson Vehicle company, Libby’s Lunch and other Paterson eateries past and present.

July 8

Reception:

Order’s Up! Paterson and the Rise of the New Jersey Diner: Join us at the Museum from 1pm to 3pm as we open our newest exhibition. Speakers include Giacomo DeStefano, Museum Director and author Michael Gabriele.

August 5

Program:

A Roadmap to the Diner Capital of the World with New Jersey author Michael Gabriele. Join us in-person at 1pm. This presentation will describe how diners have played an important role in New Jersey’s history as gathering places for communities. Diner experiences—good food, slice-of-life encounters with friends and strangers, and the memories they inspire—have reflected the state’s spirit, culture and mythology for more than 100 years.