Through photos and artifacts, the history of textile manufacturing, with special attention to the silk industry of Paterson, NJ is discussed. Students gain an undertanding of the impact of changing technology, immigrant workers and labor unions upon the industry.(NJ Core Curriculum Standards,...
Distance Learning & Videoconferencing
Scheduling and Technical Information
Length of a Lesson:
45 minutes (may be tailored to meet the participants needs)
Monday & Tuesday, 9AM-3PM and Wednesday through Friday, 9AM-12PM
$75.00 per lesson, members of the Partners in Distance Learning, of the Garden State Distance Learning Consortium, or of the American Labor Museum
$100.00 per lesson, others
- The museum utilizes IP to connect with your school/organization.
- Pre-/Post-Lesson Materials are available upon request.
- For more information about distance learning classes, please call the museum at (973) 595-7953 or contact us using our contact form.
The American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State. Funding is provided, in part, by the New Jersey Cultural Trust. The Distance Learning Program is also sponsored by the Partners in Distance Learning.
Lessons (Grades 4 through 12)
Using photos, artifacts and audio recordings, the domestic life of an immigrant family of New Jersey silk mill workers is presented. Students learn about the immigrant experience and the role of immigrants in the labor movement. (NJCCS, 3.4, 6.1, 6.2, 6.5, 6.6)
The history of child labor in the twentieth century through the present is discussed through the photos of Lewis Hine, photos of farmworkers and charts and graphs of the International Labor Organization of the United Nations. Students gain an understanding of the history of child labor and...
Through photos and artifacts, the jobs held by women, treatment of women at work and the dynamic role of women in the strike are examined. Students learn about the impact of immigrant women in this historic strike. (NJCCS 3.4, 6.1, 6.2, 6.5)
A look at the development of the American labor movement is presented through photos, documents and artifacts. Students gain an appreciation of how the collective actions of working people brought about the 8-hour workday, minimum wage, safety standards and other workplace reforms. (NJCCS...
The strikes of garment workers, autoworkers, farmworkers and others are discussed through historic photos and documents. Students learn the difference between a strike and a boycott and, they gain an understanding of organized workers' goals and achievements. (NJCCS 3.4, 6.1, 6.2,...
Through photos and audio recordings, the life and accomplishment of this athlete, actor, singer, lawyer, and civil rights leader are presented. Students develop an undertanding of social activism and an appreciation for an important social activist. (NJCCS 1.3, 3.4, 6.1, 6.2, 6.5)
The founding of the African-American Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and the impact of its dynamic leader on the Civil Rights Movement is examined through photos and audio recordings. Students learn about the experience of African-American workers and their struggles for a union and civil...
The life and career of this New Jerseyan who served as General President of the Textile Workers Union of America is explored through photos, documents and artifacts. Students learn about the role of immigrants in the labor movement and the history of organized labor through the life of this...
Through photos, charters and artifacts, this branch of the printing industry and the union struggles of its workers are traced. Students gain an understanding of the impact of changes in technology and the role of unions in the US economy. (NJCCS 3.4, 6.1, 6.2, 6.5)
Visual and Performing Art Lessons (Grades 3 through 5)
Learn about the Botto House in the strike of 1913. Create a landmark.
Learn about the silk mills of the early 1900's. Weave a bookmark. (NJCCS 3.4, 6.1, 6.2, 6.5)
Explore the experience of African-Americans. Make a picture. (NJCCS 1.2, 3.4, 6.1, 6.2, 6.5)
Learn about "Free the Children." Make a "tineware" picture. (NJCCS 1.2, 3.4, 6.1, 6.2, 6.5)
Learn about immigrants to the US. Make a scratchboard sketch. (NJCCS 3.4, 6.1, 6.2, 6.5)
Listen to D. Cronin's Click, Clack, Moo...Cows That Type. Create a logo.
Learn conflict resolution skills. Role-play. (NJCCS 3.4, 9.1, 9.2)
Learn about tolerance. Create costumes and perform an original play.
Virtual Tours of Temporary Exhibits (Grades 4 through 12)
Explore and discuss the works of art created by members of the Art Committee of SEIU Local 32BJ. What messages and insights about immigrants and labor do these contemporary artists have to share with their viewers? Media represented include painting, photography, drawing and poetry.
Through historical artifacts, photographs and original, contemporary artwork, the people, places and events related to this historic strike are depicted. Take a virtual tour of this commemorative exhibit to experience this struggle for the eight-hour workday.