HALEDON, NJ - The American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark is planning a year-long series of events for 2013 to commemorate the centennial of the 1913 Paterson Silk Strike. Events for 2013 include a year-long strike exhibit, a teachers’ workshop, historical bus tour, May Day Festival & Labor Day Parade.
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 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 the study of working people, the Labor Movement and workplaces with special attention to 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.