January 12, 2018

Centennial Commemoration of the 1913 Paterson Silk Strike Traveling Exhibit Available at the Museum

Haledon, New Jersey - The American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark proudly announces that the traveling photodocumentary exhibit Centennial Commemoration of the 1913 Paterson Silk Strike is available for loan to museums and other interested organizations.  The exhibit features thirty-six fraomed 8 x 10 inch matted, framed, and captioned photographs depicting the people, places and events related to this historic strike.

The Centennial Commemoration of the 1913 Paterson Silk Strike traveling exhibit is 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 exhibit and program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowmwnt for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

In the winter of 1913, more than 24,000 men, women, and children marched out of Paterson, New Jersey's silk mills calling for decent working conditions, an end to child labor, and an eight-hour day.  Silk workers Pietro and Maria Botto offered their Haledon, NJ home, overlooking a green, as a meeting place for strikers.  Upton Sinclair, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, and other champions of labor spoke from the second-floor balcony to workers of many nationalities.  This action and others like it brought about reforms in the workplace broadly enjoyed by Americans today.

The American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark is a learning environment dedicated to educating the public about working people, the Labor Movement and workplaces with special attention to immigrants.  With restored period rooms, a free lending library, exhibit space, educational programs, Museum Store and Old World Gardens, this landmark offers a great deal to visitors.

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