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Labor Museum Offers Teachers Workshop on Silk Strike



HALEDON, NJ - The American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark is proud to offer a two-part program entitled The 1913 Paterson Silk Strike Revisited 100 Years Later, with a teachers’ workshop to be held on Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 and a motor coach tour of the labor and immigrant heritage sites of the City of Paterson on Wednesday, May 15th, 2013.  The general public is also invited to participate. Educators who attend will receive a Professional Development Certificate. 

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On Wednesday, March 20th, 2012 The 1913 Paterson Silk Strike Revisited 100 Years Later teachers’ workshop will be held at the Museum from 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM, with lunch served at midday.  Workshop plans include presentations by award-winning educators, including New Jersey and women’s history scholar, Delight Dodyk, Ph.D., co-developer of The Paterson Silk Strike of 1913 Teacher’s Guide, historian Steve Golin, Ph.D., author of The Fragile Bridge:  Paterson Silk Strike 1913, and Angelica Santomauro, Ed.D., Director of the American Labor Museum .  Methods of integrating labor and immigrant studies into the curriculum will be introduced and, teaching materials for grades 4 – 12 will be distributed. 

On Wednesday, May 15th, 2013 the motor coach tour will depart from the Museum at 9 AM and tour historic labor and immigrant sites of the City of Paterson, NJ and vicinity.  Period-costumed guides will provide historical narrative and opportunity for discussions.  The bus will return for lunch served from 12 – 1 PM under the grape arbor of the Museum’s Old World Gardens .    

 The admission of $65.00 for Museum members and $75.00 for non-members includes lunches and teaching materials for the teachers’ workshop and bus tour.  For those who opt to attend the workshop only, the admission fee is $45. for Museum members and $50. for non-members.  For those who opt to join the bus tour only, the cost is $20. for Museum members and $25. for non-members.

 This project is funded, in part, by the Passaic County Cultural and Heritage Council at Passaic County Community College , through a general operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.

The Botto House, home of the American Labor Museum , is located at 83 Norwood Street in Haledon , New Jersey .  It was the meeting place for over 20,000 silk mill workers during the 1913 Paterson Silk Strike.  The Museum offers a free lending library, restored period rooms, changing exhibits, Museum Store, Old World Gardens , educational programs and special events.  The Museum’s hours of operation are Monday through Friday 9AM-5PM.  Tours are offered Wednesday through Saturday from 1-4PM or by appointment.  For further information, please contact the Museum at (973) 595-7953, email, or visit the Museum’s web


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