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Sat, Mar 12


Virtual Lecture

Women at the Van Riper-Hopper House (and How to Find Them)

Celebrate Women's History Month by learning about the women of the Van Riper-Hopper House and how we can best tell their story in a historic house museum.

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Women at the Van Riper-Hopper House (and How to Find Them)
Women at the Van Riper-Hopper House (and How to Find Them)

Time & Location

Mar 12, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Virtual Lecture

About the Event

Built ca. 1786, the Van Riper-Hopper House in Wayne, NJ has been home to four generations of the Van Riper family as well as several paid and enslaved laborers. This Women’s History Month, Tessa Payer will be focusing on the female members of the household, presenting the house as a case study for researching and integrating women’s history in historic house museums.

Tessa Payer is the Museum Attendant of the Wayne Museum and a member of the Passaic County Department of Cultural & Historic Affairs. In May 2020, she graduated from William & Mary with a BA in History and Theatre and a Certificate in Material Culture & Public History from the National Institute of American History & Democracy (NIAHD). After graduation, she worked with the Virtual White House Project and ran a history podcast, Works Not Cited.

This event will be hosted VIRTUALLY via WebEx. Registration is through Eventbrite. Follow the link below or click on the RSVP button to register. Those who register will receive a link upon registration. The session will also be live-streamed on the Dey Mansion Facebook page at

Link: Women of the Van Riper-Hopper House (and How to Find Them)

This event is FREE and sponsored by the Passaic County Board of County Commissioners & Friends of Dey Mansion, Inc.

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