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Exhibit on Centennial of the Paterson Silk Strike

 

HALEDON, NJ – The American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark will feature the exhibit the Centennial Commemoration of the 1913 Paterson Silk Strike, January 11th – December 28th, 2013.  The exhibit includes photographs, artifacts and original artwork depicting the people, places and events related to this historic strike.

An opening reception will take place at the Museum on Friday, January 11th, 2013 at 7PM with Dr. Steve Golin, author of the book The Fragile Bridge :  Paterson Silk Strike of 1913, offering a presentation of the significance of the centennial.  A portable Centennial exhibit, available for loan to schools, libraries, labor unions, civic groups and other organizations will also be unveiled.  The Solidarity Singers of the New Jersey Industrial Union Council will perform songs sung by the strikers.  The general public is invited to the opening reception.  Light refreshments will be served.

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The Centennial Commemoration of the 1913 Paterson Silk Strike exhibits and the opening reception are 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 Endowment 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@aol.com.  For information about other Centennial commemorations taking place in our area, visit http://www.patersonsilkstrike100.org.

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