PATERSON, NJ - The American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark invites students grades 3 – 12 to share their creative talent and unique ideas by writing a poem about the historic figures and events of the 1913 Paterson Silk Strike and the significance that it has 100 years later.  Selected students’ poems will appear in a poetry book, printed in commemoration of the centennial of the strike.

Registered students select a poetry style of their choosing and create their original poems.  Poems and registration forms must be received by the Museum by April 1st, 2013.

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Teachers of area students are invited to schedule presentations for their classes by members of the Museum’s Speakers’ Bureau on labor studies as a means of inspiration for the students.  Outside of school, students are invited to visit and tour the Museum for help with ideas. 

Angelica M. Santomauro, Ed.D., Director of the American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark, announced the project, saying, “This program enables young people to express themselves creatively and think about the importance of the striking silk mill laborers who peacefully assembled at the Botto House in 1913 and worked together to bring about positive changes in their workplaces and daily lives.  It also is a lifetime opportunity to have one’s own work printed in a poetry book.  Participating students will always remember the experience.”

The poetry book will be unveiled at a reception at the Museum preceding the annual May Day Festival on Wednesday, May 1st, 2013 at 6PM.  All participating students, their families, friends and teachers are invited to the unveiling reception on May 1st at 6 PM.  The May Day Festival begins at 7 PM.

The poetry project and book are made possible by the generous support of the Passaic County Education Associations (PCEA).  This is the eleventh year in which the Museum and the Passaic County Education Associations have worked together on an annual project.

For a registration form and/or further information, please call (973) 595-7953, email labormuseum@aol.com or visit the Museum’s web site, www.labormuseum.net.  Registration is required.

The Botto House National Landmark, 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 – 5 PM. Tours are offered Wednesday through Saturday from 1 -4 PM or by appointment.