To the Editor,
As president of the Mahwah Museum I am saddened by the news I hear about a film that negatively depicts the people of the Ramapough Community. This film, from news reports, seems to raise old stereotypes which we as a community have long ago tried to put to rest. I stand together with the Chief Perry, Mayor Laforet and School Superintendent Schoen and oppose a film which, by all reports, misrepresents an important part of our a community.
I would like to suggest that residents of Mahwah and those in the surrounding communities who want to learn more about the history of this community should visit “Neighborhoods of Mahwah” the current exhibit in the Mahwah Museum, 201 Franklin Turnpike. In this exhibit you will find the story of the Stag Hill community based on sound historical research. The museum is open from 1-4 pm on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
In addition, on February 6, 2014, the museum will present a lecture by Edward J. Lenik entitled: “Ramapough Mountain Indians: People Places and Cultural Traditions.” Mr. Lenik has done extensive archaeological work in northern New Jersey and New York state in order to document the story of the Indians who have lived in this area. He is an acknowledged authority on this topic. This lecture and our exhibits are part of our ongoing efforts to document and tell the history of the town of Mahwah and all of its people.
Charles Carreras, President
Mahwah Museum Society