Museum in a Suitcase, for learners of all ages, is designed to supplement Social Studies, Language Arts, Humanities, Visual and Performing Arts, Music and Drama, New Jersey  History, Conflict Resolution and Multiculturalism curricula.

It can be used for any age group to prepare for a visit to the museum.

The Suitcases contain artifacts from the museum's collection.

These portable exhibits enable students to learn about the history of the labor movement, comtemporary issues in the workplace and their roles as future workers. Student activism is promoted when considering child labor, sweatshops, low wages, unsafe conditions and inhumane treatment of workers.

Use of this program, Museum In A Suitcase, is a privilege of museum members. A $50.00 dues payment entitles you to a membership with the privilege of borrowing the suitcase(s) without further cost. A $20.00 dues payment allows the new member to borrow the suitcase(s) at an additional $5.00 rental fee for each of the kits.  Loans are for three-week periods and may be extended upon request and approval of the Museum.  For further information contact the museum at (973)-595-7953 or e-mail labormuseum@aol.com.

The Centennial Commemoration of the 1913 Paterson Silk Strike exhibit which was on view at the Museum through 2013 has been crated and is available for loan for display in your organization's facility.  It is composed of thirty-six framed black-and-white 8x10 inch photographs that tell the story of the people, places and events of this significant labor struggle.  For information about borrowing this exhibit, please contact the Museum by calling (973) 595-7953 or emailing labormuseum@aol.com.

This program was made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

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Child Labor 1900-Present

Replicas:United Farm Workers (UFW) flagPicket signs of Striking Mill Children, 1903Photographs:Child picking coffee, Mexico, 2000 (2 photos)Child working in a coffee field, Mexico, 2000Boy tying bags of coffee, Nicaragua, 2000Students of hijos del Campo Program, Costa Rica, 2000Bobbin girl,...

Textile Industry in America 1900-Present

Photographs:Interior of a Dye Shop, c.1900Master Dyer in his Laboratory, c.1900(2)Interior Views of Leader Piece Dye Works, 1900Weaver Operating a Ribbon Loom, C.1900Weaver at Her Loom, c.1900Production of Jacquard Cards, c.1910Warpers at Work, c. 1900Workers Operating an Embroidery Machine,...

Sol Stetin: Immigrant, Labor Leader, & Humanitarian

Immigration:(2) travel brochures for Poland, 1990'sTourist Road Map of Poland(3) postcards, Lodz PolandBook: The Polish Americans, By Sean Dolan (1997)Labor Movement:Photo: Interior of a Dye Shop with Dyers, Paterson, NJ, c.1930Booklet: Constitution and By-Laws. Federation of Dyers, Finishers,...

Workers' Struggles Which Led To Strikes: 1900-Present

Replicas:Sashes worn by striking garment workers, NY, 1909-1910(2) Picket Signs, 195 & 1955Posters:The Uprising of the 20,000 (garment workers)The Great Strike-Lawrence, 1912, 1978The Pageant of the Paterson Strike, 1913Great Postal Workers' Strike, 1970Booklet: ILGWU Illustrated, 23rd...

Solidarity Forever: Organized Workers, 1900-Present

Photographs:Tenement home of an Italian immigrant family, c. 1910Sweatshop: Jewish family making garters, 1907Eugene Debs & railroad workers, c.1894Garment workers ath their sewing machines, c.1910First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt sews a union label into a coat, c.1930sPosters:Pray for the Dead and...

The Botto House: An Immigrant's Home in 1908

Photographs:New Home of the Botto Family, 1908Botto Family with the Family Dogs, 1911Maria Botto feeding chickens with Olga Botto and Lily Coda, c. 1910Making Salami, c.1900Men playing bocce, c. 1905Household items:Wooden clothesline spreader, c. 1900Flatiron, c. 1900Package of dried Rosemary from...

A. Philip Randolph, Paul Robeson and the Fight for Civil Rights

Photographs:Robeson sings at a union rally, Detroit, 1941Union members protect concert site, Peekskill, NY 1949Concert attendees are attacked, Peekskill, NY, 1949Overturned car, Peekskill, NY, 1949Damaged bus & passengers, Peekskill, NY, 1949Randolph at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC,...

A History of the Photoengravers Union Local One: The Founding Local, 1894-1997

Contents:PhotographsCharter Members of Local One, 1894Presidents, Local One, 1894-1919Newspaper Photoengraving Chapel, 1929Local One Outing, 1935Bowling League Beef-Steak, 1939Testimonial Dinner for Edward White, 1947Founding Convention, LPIU, 1964Poster:Engraving Tools, Edward C. Lyons, New...

Centennial Commemoration of the 1913 Paterson Silk Strike Exhibit

This portable exhibit highlights the people, places and events related to the strike.  The exhibit contains a "Teacher's Guide" and the following items for display (with labels):Photographs:  (mounted in plastic, document frames measuring 9 1/2 in. x 12 in., unless otherwise...