ties and the first East Coast community we relocated to on our crossover from Northern
California in 2002.
|Rockland County, New York|
The college campus and communities have changed and expanded in over a decade but the land, its origins, and its people remain.
|William Penn's 1682 treaty with the Lenape|
painted by Benjamin West (1771)
have resided in the Ramapo Mountains for more than three hundred years, there is
very little documentation in New York or New Jersey that refers to the tribe.
The Ramapough Mountain Indians, also known as the Ramapough Lenape Nation or
Ramapough Lunaape Munsee Delaware Nation, are a group of approximately 5,000
people living around the Ramapo Mountains of Bergen and Passaic counties in northern
New Jersey and Rockland County in southern New York, about 25 miles from New
|Pine Meadow Lake in Harriman State Park|
The mountains were claimed by both New York and New Jersey and their overlapping
borders were ideal for the natives in the region because they were left to themselves.
The official border was surveyed and mapped out in 1798 but by then, the Ramapoughs
were securely entrenched. As the years passed, other native people trekked through the
Ramapo Pass and some took up residence with the Ramapough Indians.
|Ramapo College, New Jersey|
Today the place is best recognized as home to the Ramapo College of New Jersey. It is
here that The Angelica and Russell Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts was constructed in 1999.
Since 1997, 321 honorees have received the Russ Berrie Award for Making a Difference.
Read more about these local heroes and their stories here.
|The Angelica and Russell Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts|
The center houses classrooms, labs, offices, The Sharp Theater, a 350-seat proscenium
theater engineered without obstructions to visibility or sound, The Myron and Elaine
Adler Theater, a black box theater which can seat up to 100, The Kresge and Pascal Art
Galleries, and The Curtain Call Cafe.
As the Ramapo natives have opened their healing circles to assist its community in
every right of passage from birth to death, the Ramapo campus and The Russel Berrie
Foundation continue to acknowledge and celebrate the unsung heroes and regular folks
of New York and New Jersey.
|Adler Center, Ramapo College|