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Friends of Wallisch Homestead make donation to the West Milford Library and Community Center

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The Friends of Wallisch Homestead (FOWH) have a new partner. The Friends of Wallisch Homestead will be collaborating with The West Milford Township Library to help further develop exciting educational and informational programming for the community.

As part of this, the FOWH has donated a Panasonic plasma video monitor to the new Township Library and Community Center for presentations. This 108 inch monitor will be installed in one of the Township meeting rooms on the second floor. The monitor was a donation to the Friends of Wallisch Homestead by SLGreen Realty, Inc and was made available when their corporate board room was renovated earlier this year.

"It has always been one of our goals to utilize the Homestead as a laboratory for education," said John Hefferon, president of the Friends group. "We began working with our school partners in the district by hosting a presentation for the high school CAD and Building Arts classes with Langan Engineering. This field trip demonstrated the process of civil engineering as well as a state of art 3-D Laser survey process."

The high school reciprocated by providing a total reconstruction of the Purple Martin bird house which was re-installed on its perch behind the homestead.

"The students did a brilliant job of recreating one of the homestead's iconic structures right down to matching roof shingles." Hefferon said.

The FOWH are hoping to expand on the interaction with their partners in the school district by developing lesson plans that work within the curriculum of various classroom studies for field trips in a real world environment. This year, they again invited the North Jersey Astronomical Group (NJAG) to the homestead for stargazing. There are also opportunities for lesson plans in earth science, history and agriculture to name a few. In conjunction with the new library, the hope is to lend research support to these types of programs.

“The Library Board and staff are always ready to join other groups in the township to provide the community with outstanding programming on a variety of topics and for all ages," said Library Board President Dr. Joan Oberer.

The Friends of Wallisch Homestead, Inc is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the Wallisch Homestead for use by the community for open space, education and recreation. For more information about the group, visit their web site at

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