April 12, 2022

The American Labor Museum hosts "Talking to the Girls" Triangle Fire virtual book talk with the Authors on October 15th at 2PM

Haledon, New Jersey - On Saturday, October 15th, 2022 at 2PM and in honor of National Arts and Humanities Month, the American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark cordially invites the general public to a virtual book talk with Edvige Guinta, Mary Anne Trasciatti, editors, and May Chen, Michele Fazio and Annie Schneiderman Valliere, authors of Talking to the Girls:  Intimate and Political Essays on the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire (NYU Press, 2022).  

A fire at the Triangle Waist Company on March 25th, 1911 killed 146 young immigrant workers and, the tragedy resulted in movements for change.  Talking to the Girls brings together original personal essays from artists, activists, scholars, and family members of the Triangle workers as a written memorial to the victims of a tragedy with contemporary global relevance.

Edvige Guinta is Professor of English at New Jersey City University where she teaches the art of memoir and an orginal course on the Triangle fire.  Mary Anne Trasciatti teaches Rhetoric and directs the Labor Studies program at Hofstra University.  She is President of Remember the Triangle Fire Coalitiion.  May Chen's union career began with advocacy for fair immigration policies.  She was Founding Officer and Board Member of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (AFL-CIO).  Michele Fazio is Professor of English and Co-coordinator of the Gender Studies Minor at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, where she teaches courses on contemporary US ethnic liturature and working-class studies.  Annie Schneiderman Valliere, a retired social worker, is a great-niece of Rose Schneiderman.  She has spent more than a decade researching and writing a biography of Rose, a labor leader who drew attention to unsafe workplace conditions, following the Triangle fire.

This virtual program will be hosted by the Museum via ZOOM.  Museum members will receive the ZOOM link.  Other individuals interested in joining the free program are asked to call the Museum at (973) 595-7953 or email labormuseum@gmail.com to request the ZOOM link.

The American Labor Museum is headquartered in the historic Botto House National Landmark, located at 83 Norwood Street, Haledon, New Jersey.  It was the meeting place for over 20,000 silkl 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, please visit the Museum' website www.labormuseum.net., call ((73) 595-7953 or email labormuseum@gmail.com.