July 15, 2020

The American Labor Museum Thanks Essential Workers: Labor Day 2020

Haledon, New Jersey - The Annual Labor Day Celebration, co-sponsored by the American Labor Museum/Botto Huse National Landmark and the Borough of Haledon, is scheduled for Sunday, September 6th, 2020.  Though difinitive plans cannot be confirmed due to COVID-19, step-off is tentatively scheduled for 1 PM.  A march is scheduled to begin and end at the Botto House in Haledon. All participants are required to wear face coverings.

The honored Essential Workers will be led by Grand Marshal Susan M. Cleary, President of District 1199J, AFSCME (American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees).

All community organizations, unions, businesses, cultural groups, and individuals interested in joining this historic march can contact the Museum at (973) 595-7953, by e-mail at labormuseum@gmail.com or visit the Museum's website www.labormuseum.net. A Commemorative Journal will record the names of participants and all those who make donations to defray the cost of the celebration. Celebration sponsors who donate $100 can have their names recorded on a Commemorative Mug.  Contributions of $200 will enable a donor to have a listing on the Labor Day Celebration T-shirt.  The deadline for being a sponsor is August 24th, 2020. 

It was on June 28th, 1894 that President Grover Cleveland (a native of Caldwell, NJ) signed the bill that made Labor Day a legal national holiday. In the same year, on Monday, September 3rd, 1894, the first official holiday was celebrated and every first Monday of September thereafter.

The Botto House National Landmark, home of the American Labor Museum, is located at 83 Norwood Streeet in Haledon, NJ. It was the meeting place for over 20,000 silk mill workers during the 1913 Paterson Silk Strike. The Museum offfers a free lending library, restored period rooms, changing exhibits, Mustuem Store, Old World Gardens, educational programs and special events. The Museum’s hour of operation are Monday through Friday, 9AM-5PM. In-person tours are offered by appointment.  Visitors are required to wear face coverings.  "Virtual" tours, classes and research assistance are available via Zoom and by appointment.