January 12, 2018

May Day Festival at the American Labor Museum, May 1st

Haledon, New Jersey - On Tuesday, May 1st, 2018 at 7PM, the American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark proudly hosts its annual May Day Festival.  Plans call for instrumental and vocal performances of folk and labor music by George Mann with Marty Confurius and Al Podber, the New Jersey Industrial Union Council (IUC) "Solidarity Singers," Harmonic Insurgence Choir, under the direction of Eugene Glickman, and lyric soprano Annamaria Stefanelli.  Refreshments will be served, tours of the Museum will be offered and, shopping in the Museum Store will be available.  There is a $10. per person admission.

George Mann (www.georgemannmusic.com),a union organizer, performs concerts that are part sing-along and part history lesson.  At this year's May Day Festival, Mr. Mann will present a tribute to Bruce Duncan "Utah" Phillips (1935 - 2008), an American labor organizer, folk singer, believer in the power of direct action, and a promoter of the Industrial Workers of the World union.  Annamaria Stefanelli (www.annamariastefanelli.com) is recognized for her strong dramatic presence and true Italian lyric soprano sound. 

This program is made possible in part by a grant administered by the Passaic County Cultural and Heritage Council from funds granted by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

The Museum will also open the exhibit  Labors of Love, original photography by Mario Porto on May 1st, 2018.  The exhibit features black-and-white photographs about people and their work.  The exhibit closes on August 25, 2018.

The American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark is a learning environment dedicated to the study of working people and immigrants.  With restored period rooms, a free lending library, exhibit space, Museum Store and Old World Gardens, this landmark offers a great deal to visitors.  Once the meeting place for thousands of silk mill workers during the 1913 Paterson Silk Strike, it continues to open its doors for organizations to hold meetings.

The Museum is located at 83 Norwood Street in Haledon, New Jersey.  The Museum's hours of operation are Monday through Friday 9AM-5PM.  The Museum is open to visitors Wednesday through Saturday from 1-4PM or by appointment.  Groups are welcome by appointment.  For further information, please visit the Museum's website www.labormuseum.net, contact the Museum at (973) 595-7953 or email labormuseum@gmail.com.