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Cheryl J. Todd Gallery

On Wednesday, July 30, 2003 the main gallery of the Westwood Museum was dedicated in memory of Cheryl J. Todd, a long-time historian of the Borough of Westwood, the Township of Washington and the Westwood Heritage Society.
Although a Township of Washington resident at the time of her death in November 2001, Cheryl was born in Westwood and always said that her 'heart belongs to Westwood'. She was a founding member of the Westwood Heritage Society when it was established in 1988.
As co-borough historian of the town of her birth, Cheryl was extremely knowledgeable of Westwood's history. She was always right at home 'living in the past'; it seemed to come naturally to her.
Following in the footsteps of her father, Walter B. Hopper who was the unofficial historian of Westwood and had an outstanding collection of Westwood memorabilia, Cheryl presented slide shows depicting the history of the area in local schools and libraries. These informative and interesting presentations often included historical photos which she would match up with a current picture of the building or area.
A long term goal of Cheryl's had been the establishment of a Westwood Museum, where the Westwood memorablia that she and other members had collected could be housed and shared with residents, insuring that the Borough's history would 'continue to live' for future generations.
Cheryl also served as a trustee of the Pascack Historical Society, spending many hours in the museum in Park Ridge working on the interesting displays depicting the history of the area, and as a docent at the historic Wortendyke Barn on Pascack Road in Park Ridge. An avid quilter, the local historian was also a member of the Peaceful Valley Quilters. She was active in her church and had been a member of the Eastern Star for many years.
The words inscribed on the dedication plaque sum up Cheryl Todd's love of the history of this area and her desire to share that knowledge with others:

"Through Love, Laughter and Learning
Cheryl Made History Come Alive."

In addition, the Westwood Heritage Society has renamed its community service scholarship, which is awarded to a graduating high school senior, to be the Cheryl Todd Memorial Community Service Scholarship.


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