We understand social distancing and quarantine can be difficult for children and adults. Here, we are offering online activites.
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Immigrant Families' Recipes to Make at Home
At the Museum, we've collected recipes from the families of immigrant laborers who lived and worked around Haledon, New Jersey in the early 1900's. Children and adults are invited to try a traditional recipe.
Coloring Pages: Workers & Suffragettes
Do you like to color? Here are a two series of coloring pages: ILGWU Coloring Pages share the history of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union. The union's story has been on display at the Museum in an exhibit entitled "Union Made: Fashioning American in the 20th Century." Workers Coloring Pages depict some jobs held by workers. Can you make your own coloring page of a worker?
Throughout 2020, we are celebrating the Centennial of the 19th Amendment which guaranted women the right to vote. Join us by downloading the free e-book "Remember the Ladies: From Patriots in Petticoats to Presidential Candidates Amazing American Women Not Just a Coloring Book" by Carol Simon Levin at https://tellingherstories.com.
1913 Paterson Silk Strike Lesson & Role-Playing Cards
The Museum's headquarters, the Botto House National Landmark was a haven for free speech and assembly for thousands of striking silk mill workers in 1913. Learn more about the strike through historic photographs, maps, facts and more. Then, select a role-playing card and take on the role of a mill worker or a mill owner and act out your own ending to the strike.
Tour the Museum Virtually
Tour the Museum virtually: Join Museum Director Angelica Santomauro and visit the our free lending library and permanent exhibit on the 1913 Paterson Silk Strike. Tour the 1908 Botto House restored Parlor, Bedroom, Dining Room, kitchen, Grape Arbor and Old World Gardens. Or enjoy a slideshow tour of the Museum.
Visual and Performing Labor Arts Projects to Create at Home
The Museum has received funding from the Puffin Foundation to host Saturday Labor Arts Classes for students from grades 3 through 5. The purpose of the program is to introduce students to the history and contemporary isues of working people and immigrants through the visual and performing arts. To create a Labor Arts project at your home, click on the links below for how-to instructions:
"My Everyday Working Hero" There are heroes and heroines everywhere. They are working in hospitals, schools, offices, homes and other places. Write about and draw a picture of your working hero.
"Old Joe and the Carpenter" Listen to this Appalachian tale of tolerance. Create a "barn quilt" with paper.
"Migrant Worker Biography Poem" Learn about the life of eleven-year-old Ricardo ("Ricky") Salinas. Write and recite a biography poem. Print out and use this worksheet as you view this instructional video and, write your poem on it. Read about Ricky's hero Cesar Chavez, a founder of the United Farm Workers union, which won better wages and working conditions for Ricky's family and others.
"Labor Arts Steampunk visual art project" View historical workplace tools and photographs of 19th century Paterson, NJ. Learn about the Industrial Revolution, which brought great changes to the lives of working families. Make a Steampunk visual art project. To complete your project, you are invited to use these materials: Worksheet about Steampunk, moth/butterfly templates to trace and, worksheet with Steampunk imagery to use in your project.
"Look Through My Window: Paterson's Silk MIll Workers visual art project" Learn about the working conditions and labor union of these workers during the early 20th century. Create a visual art project inspired by the art of Edward Hopper.
"What is a Labor Union? Good Things Happen When We Work Together" Listen to the re-telling of Doreen Cronin's book "Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type." Create a union logo inspired by this story. To complete your project, you are invited to use this color wheel.
The museum collection reflects the stories of working people, immigrants and the labor movement and preserves their rich history. To learn more, explore some collection highlights online: Collection Highlights