January 02, 2019

May Day Festival at the American Labor Museum, May 1st, 2019

Haledon, New Jersey - On Wednesday, May 1st, 2019 at 7PM, the American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark proudly hosts its annual May Day Festival.  Plans call for instrumental and vocal performances of folk and labor music by George Mann with Mary Confurius and Al Podber, the New Jersey Industrial Union Council (IUC) "Solidarity Singers," and lyric soprano Annamaria Stefanelli.  Refreshments will be served, tours of the Museum will be offered and, shopping in the Museum Store will be available.  There is a $10. per person admission.

George Mann (goergemannmusic.com) performs concerts that are part sing-along and part history lesson.  The "Solidarity Singers" will present a special tribute to folksinger Pete Seger in honor of the 100th anniversary of his birth.  Annamaria Stefanelli (annamariastefanelli.com), recognized for her strong dramatic presence and true Italian lyric soprano sound, will perform opera arias popular among working people in the early 20th century.

In adition, Michele Fazio, Ph.D. will discuss her exhibit A Neglected Legacy:  Reclaiming a Radical Past, which opens at the Museum on Wednesday, May 1st, 2019 at 7PM.  The exhibit is on view May 1st - August 24th, 2019.

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/Botto House National Landmark is a learning environment dedicated to the study of working people and immigrants.  With restored period rooms, a free lending library, exhibit space, Museum Store and Old World Gardens, this landmark offers a great deal to visitors.  Once the meeting place for thousands of silk mill workers during the 1913 Paterson Silk Strike, it continues to open its doors for organizations to hold meetings.

The Museum is located at 83 Norwood Street in Haledon, New Jersey.  The Museum's hours of operation are Monday through Friday 9AM-5PM.  The Museum is open to visitors Wednesday through Saturday from 1-4PM or by appointment.  Groups are welcome by appointment.  For further information, please visit the Museum's website www.labormuseum.net, contact the Museum at (973) 595-7953 or email labormuseum@gmail.com.