Museum in a Suitcase, for learners of all ages, is designed to supplement Social Studies, Language Arts, Humanities, Visual and Performing Arts, Music and Drama, New Jersey  History, Conflict Resolution and Multiculturalism curricula.

It can be used for any age group to prepare for a visit to the museum.

The Suitcases contain artifacts from the museum's collection.

These portable exhibits enable students to learn about the history of the labor movement, comtemporary issues in the workplace and their roles as future workers. Student activism is promoted when considering child labor, sweatshops, low wages, unsafe conditions and inhumane treatment of workers.

Use of this program, Museum In A Suitcase, is a privilege of museum members. A $50.00 dues payment entitles you to a membership with the privilege of borrowing the suitcase(s) without further cost. A $20.00 dues payment allows the new member to borrow the suitcase(s) at an additional $5.00 rental fee for each of the kits.  Loans are for three-week periods and may be extended upon request and approval of the Museum.  For further information contact the museum at (973)-595-7953 or e-mail

The Centennial Commemoration of the 1913 Paterson Silk Strike exhibit which was on view at the Museum through 2013 has been crated and is available for loan for display in your organization's facility.  It is composed of thirty-six framed black-and-white 8x10 inch photographs that tell the story of the people, places and events of this significant labor struggle.  For information about borrowing this exhibit, please contact the Museum by calling (973) 595-7953 or emailing

This program was made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.


Centennial Commemoration of the 1913 Paterson Silk Strike Exhibit

This portable exhibit highlights the people, places and events related to the strike.  The exhibit contains a "Teacher's Guide" and the following items for display (with labels):

Photographs:  (mounted in plastic, document frames measuring 9 1/2 in. x 12 in., unless otherwise noted)

  • Paterson Silk Mills, c. 1900
  • Woman Silk Mill Worker Outside of a Mill, c. 1913
  • Dyers and Dyers Helpers at Work, c. 1913
  • Weaver at Work, c. 1913
  • Botto Daughters & Friends, c. 1913 (mounted on foamboard, 14x11 in.)
  • William Brueckmann, Mayor of Haledon, NJ, c. 1913
  • Meetings of Strikers at the Botto's Home, Paterson Silk Strike, 1913 (two photos)  (one photo is mounted on board, 14x11 in.)
  • Industrial Workers' of the World (IWW) Speakers, including Hubert Henry Harrison (postcard), 1913
  • IWW Speakers, 1913
  • IWW Ladies Meeting with Miss E.G. Flynn, 1913
  • A Few Scabs Led by O'Brien Men, 1913
  • IWW Speakers & Strikers, 1913
  • IWW Meetings of Paterson Strikers, 1913 (mounted on board, 14x8 1/2 in.)
  • Strikers' Children Temporarily Adopted, 1913
  • Strikers Marching "We are on Strike for Bread & Butter," 1913
  • Weaver Vincenzo Madonna & family, 1912
  • Botto House National Landmark Today


  • The Pageant of the Paterson Silk Strike, 1913 (laminated, 17 x 21 in.)


  • Booklet:  "A Slice of the Earth:  The Story of The American Labor Museum/Botto House Historic Site, Haledon, NJ" 
  • Booklet:  "LIfe and Times in Silk City:  A Photographic Essay of Paterson, New Jersey"
  • Booklet:  "100 Years of Striggle and Success" (America at Work)
  • "Uncle Sam Ruled Out," cartoon from the Masses, 1913
  • "A Few Wild-Eyed Agitators - Taken in Haledon last Sunday," newspaper photograph, April 1913
  • "Questions Relating to Mill Help," (wages in the silk trade), c. 1910 (mounted on foamboard, 8x10 in.)
  • "The 1913 Silk Strike:  A Role Play Exercise for Students of Twentieth Century American Industrial History," role-playing cards.