January 25, 2022

The American Labor Museum publishes "The 1913 Paterson Silk Strike: The Children's Story" for Young Readers

Haledon, New Jersey - The American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark proudly announces that it received project grants from the New Jersey Historical Commission for the writing and printing of The 1913 Paterson Stilk Strike  The Children's Story (2021).  The book for young readers (4th grade reading level) is a history of immigrant workers who came together to create 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 public 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 members.

The 1913 Paterson Silk Strike  The Children's Story was created in collaboration by authors Angelica Santomauro, Ed.D., the Museum's Director, and Evelyn Hershey, the Museum's Education Director, historian Steve Golin, Ph.D., editor Mark Torres, and artist/illustrator Thomas Germano.

The four children, who are main characters in the book, are fictional but their experiences are based on true stories.  The events are historically accurate.  Mr. Germano's illustrations are inspired by historical photographs and objects in the American Labor Museum's collection.  The book includes watercolor and oil painting illustrations, a glossary and "Fun Facts."  Educators are invited to visit the Museum's website to access lesson plans and other supplemental teaching tools:  www.labormuseum.net.

Thomas Germano's original paintings for the book are currently on exhibit at the Museum through April 23rd, 2022.  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 American Labor Museum is headquartered in the historic Botto House National Landmark, loccated at 83 Norwood Street, Haledon, New Jersey.  It was a meeting place for over 20,000 silk mill workers during the 1913 Paterson Silk Strike.  The Museum offers a free lending library, restored period rooms, changing exhibits, Museum Store, Old World Gardens, educational programs, 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.  Virtual tours are offered via ZOOM by appointment.  For further information about the Museum or the new book, please visit the Museum's website www.labormuseum.net, call (973)595-7953 or email labormuseum.net.