Students Enrolled in Anthropology Civic Engagement Class Spruce Up Van Riper-Hopper House Museum for Event on Saturday, April 14

Van Riper-Hopper House Museum

William Paterson students in an anthropology civic engagement class helped to spruce up the Van Riper-Hopper House Museum, 533 Berdan Ave., Wayne, N.J., for an Outdoor Concert and Open Day with historical Dutch music performed by University music students on Saturday, April 14 at 11 a.m.

Old Dutch songs from the 17th to early 19th centuries will be performed by the music students in an outdoor concert, followed by house tours and outdoor games. Admission is free and the public is invited to bring their lawn chairs.

“The public will see all the amazing things my students have accomplished around the museum,” says Ruth Maher, program coordinator and adjunct professor in the anthropology department.  Students in her class, "Cultural Resources Management (CRM) and Community Engagement," helped with repairs at the museum, set up education stations where young and old may use artifacts, and organized education stations where old games can be learned and played. One music student repaired an old organ that had been broken for years.

William Paterson is the first public New Jersey college or university to require all new freshmen to take a course on civic engagement. Nearly 2,000 students completed 62 different civic engagement courses in a variety of disciplines and students contributed 10,000 hours to community service projects.