Labor Museum Celebrates 30th Anniversary

February 10, 2013 at 11:11 AM

 

HALEDON, NJ - This year marks the 30th year that the American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark of Haledon, New Jersey has provided outstanding public programming and educational opportunities for the general public. 

 Bunny (Citro) Kuiken, a Botto family descendant traced her grandparents arrival from Biella , in the Piedmont of Italy, to Ellis Island in 1892 and to the silk mills of Paterson , New Jersey .  Family photographs revealed that thousands of striking silk mill workers held rallies at her family’s home in Haledon during the 1913 Paterson Silk Strike.  Mrs. Kuiken, textile union leader Sol Stetin, and other supporters established the American Labor Museum and opened the doors of the Botto House National Landmark to the public on May 1st, 1983.

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Skilled craftsmen were called in to restore the National Landmark.  Today, grants for educational programs enable the Museum to present exhibits that educate the public about the contributions of working people and the Labor Movement, with special attention to immigrants.  In addition, the Museum offers a free lending library, restored period rooms, portable exhibits available for loan, Museum Store, Old World Gardens , distance learning classes, Saturday Labor Art Classes 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 visit the Museum’s website www.labormuseum.net or contact the Museum at (973) 595-7953 or email labormuseum@aol.com.

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