The American Labor Museum is proud to offer Distance Learning Classes on topics about workers, immigrants, labor struggles, child labor and more.  These videoconferencing classes are available on a daily basis for your school, library and/or organization.  Advanced registration is required.

To register, please call the Museum (973) 595-7953 or email to request a date and time.  You will receive a confirmation over the phone or via email.  A pre/post teacher's guide/suggested classroom activities packet is also aviable upon request. 

 The fee per lesson is $75.00 for members of the American Labor Museum and $100.00 for others (45 minute session).

Technical Information: 

  • The museum's video-conferencing equipment consists of a Polycom HDX and a monitor.
  • The museum utilizes IP to connect with your school/organization's ITU standards-based systems.
  • To ensure optimal connectivity, a test call is requested.
  • Distance Learning Programs are also available via ZOOM. 
  • For more information about distance learning classes, please call the museum at (973) 595-7953 or contact us using our contact form

The American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.  Funding is provided, in part, by the New Jersey Cultural Trust. 


Lessons (Grades 4 through 12)

American Textile Industry, 1900 - Present

Through photos and artifacts, the history of textile manufacturing, with special attention to the silk industry of Paterson, NJ is discussed.  Students gain an undertanding of the impact of changing technology, immigrant workers and labor unions upon the industry.(NJ Core Curriculum Standards,...

Botto House: An Immigrant's Home in 1908

Through photographs and artifacts, the domestic life of an immigrant family of New Jersey silk mill workers is presented.  Students learn about the immigrant experience and the role of immigrants in the labor movement. (NJCCS, 3.4, 6.1, 6.2, 6.5, 6.6)

Child Labor, 1900 - Present

The history of child labor in the twentieth century through the present is discussed through historical photographs and artifacts.  Students gain an understanding of the history of child labor and consider contemporary attitudes toward child labor. (NJCCS 1.2, 3.4, 6.1, 6.2, 6.5)

Women at Work: Paterson Silk Strike of 1913

Through photos and artifacts, the jobs held by women, treatment of women at work and the dynamic role of women in the strike are examined.  Students learn about the impact of immigrant women in this historic strike. (NJCCS 3.4, 6.1, 6.2, 6.5)

Solidarity Forever: Organized Workers, 1900 - Present

A look at the development of the American labor movement is presented through photos, documents and artifacts.  Students gain an appreciation of how the collective actions of working people brought about the 8-hour workday, minimum wage, safety standards and other workplace reforms. (NJCCS...

Workers' Struggles Which Led To Strikes, 1900 - Present

The strikes of garment workers, autoworkers, farmworkers and others are discussed through historic photos and documents.  Students learn the difference between a strike and a boycott and, they gain an understanding of organized workers' goals and achievements. (NJCCS 3.4, 6.1, 6.2,...

Paul Robeson (1898 - 1976): American Hero

Through photos and audio recordings, the life and accomplishment of this athlete, actor, singer, lawyer, and civil rights leader are presented.  Students develop an undertanding of social activism and an appreciation for an important social activist. (NJCCS 1.3, 3.4, 6.1, 6.2, 6.5)

A. Philip Randolph, the Pullman Porters & the Civil Rights Movement

The founding of the African-American Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and the impact of its dynamic leader on the Civil Rights Movement is examined through photos and audio recordings.  Students learn about the experience of African-American workers and their struggles for a union and civil...

Sol Stetin: Immigrant, Labor Leader & Humanitarian

The life and career of this New Jerseyan who served as General President of the Textile Workers Union of America is explored through photos, documents and artifacts.  Students learn about the role of immigrants in the labor movement and the history of organized labor through the life of this...

History of the Photoengravers Union Local 1, 1894 1997

Through photos, charters and artifacts, this branch of the printing industry and the union struggles of its workers are traced.  Students gain an understanding of the impact of changes in technology and the role of unions in the US economy. (NJCCS 3.4, 6.1, 6.2, 6.5) 

Visual and Performing Art Lessons (Grades 3 through 5)

What is a National Landmark?

Learn about the Botto House in the strike of 1913.  Create a landmark.

Paterson, NJ, the Silk City

Learn about the silk mills of the early 1900's.  Weave a bookmark. (NJCCS 3.4, 6.1, 6.2, 6.5)

A. Philip Randolph & the Pullman Porters

Explore the experience of African-Americans.  Make a picture. (NJCCS 1.2, 3.4, 6.1, 6.2, 6.5)

Justice, Do It! Stopping Child Labor

Learn about "Free the Children."  Make a "tineware" picture. (NJCCS 1.2, 3.4, 6.1, 6.2, 6.5)

Immigrants and the American Dream

Learn about immigrants to the US.  Make a scratchboard sketch. (NJCCS 3.4, 6.1, 6.2, 6.5)

Solidarity! Labor Unions Today

Listen to D. Cronin's Click, Clack, Moo...Cows That Type. Create a logo.