January 5, 2022 - April 23, 2022 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Changing Exhibits

The Museum proudly opens the exhibit "The 1913 Paterson Silk Strike:  Paintings for the Children's Story" exhibit by Thomas Germano on Wednesday, January 5th, 2022. 

"The 1913 Paterson Silk Strike:  Paintings for the Children's Story" features contemporary paintings in watercolor and oils that Mr. Germano created as illustrations for a new children's book about this historic strike.

Thomas Germano studied painting at the Yale School of Art, where he earned an MFA.  He has exhibited his art throughout the US and abroad.  His artwork is in the collection of the American Postal Workers Union in Washington, D.C.  He teaches painting, drawing and art history at the State University of New York at Farmingdale.

Schools and colleges, home schoolers, senior centers, and union apprenticeship programs are welcome to schedule virtual group tours of the Museum by calling the Museum at (973) 595-7953 or emailing labormuseum@gmail.com.  Virtual tours are by appointment and conducted via ZOOM.  The Museum"s offce is open Monday through Friday 9AM-5PM.  The Museum is open to on-site visitors Wednesday through Saturday 1-4PM and at other days/times by appointment. 

This program is made possible in part by a grant administered by the Passaic County Cultural and Heritage Council from funds granted by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

"The 1913 Paterson Silk Strike:  Paintings for the Children's Story" exhibit by Thomas Germano closes on April 23, 2022.

The 1913 Paterson Silk Strike  The Children's Story (2021) book was created by the Museum through project grants from the New Jersey Historical Commission.  The book for young readers (4th grade reading level) , is a history of immigrant workers who came together to make a better future for all New Jerseyans.  Over 20,000 copies of the book are being distributed --one per 4th grade classroom and school and pubic libraries throughout New Jersey-- by the Museum and through New Jersey teachers' union (NJEA and AFT) representatives.  Individual copies of the book are also available to the general public for purchase at the Museum Store at a cost of $10 each (10% discount for Museum members).  Educators are invited to visit the Museum and its website to access lesson plans and other supplemental teaching tools:  www.labormuseum.net.