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.


Child Labor 1900-Present


  • United Farm Workers (UFW) flag
  • Picket signs of Striking Mill Children, 1903


  • Child picking coffee, Mexico, 2000 (2 photos)
  • Child working in a coffee field, Mexico, 2000
  • Boy tying bags of coffee, Nicaragua, 2000
  • Students of hijos del Campo Program, Costa Rica, 2000
  • Bobbin girl, Paterson, NJ c. 1900


  • Child Labor, Jackdaw (setof 12)
  • Combat Child Labour, ILO, 1999
  • In the Press..Child Labour, ILO, 1999-2000
  • Facts and Figures on Child Labour, ILO, 1999
  • What is Made with Child Labour? ILO, 2001
  • Rugmark Label, Rugmark Foudation, 1997


  • World of Work, ILO, 1997-2000, (3 issues)
  • Targeting the Intolerable, ILO, 1999
  • Newspaper article: Rose Freedon, Survivor of Triangle Fire, 2001
  • Newsletter, etc. Coffee Kids, 2000
  • Lyrics: "Breaker Boy " by Glen R. plummer
  • Declaration of Dependence, National Child Labor Committee, 1913
  • Fair Labor Standards Act, 1938


  • Free the Children by Craig Kielburger, 1998
  • Decent Work, a report of the ILO, 1999
  • The Triangle Fire, by Leon Stein, 1962
  • Child Labor in the 90s National Child Labor Committee, 1994


  • Handwoven jacket, Guatemala, c.1998
  • Coffee Beans, Mexico, 2000
  • Heating coals (3 pieces)
  • Video cassette: Coffee Kids: Grounds for Hope (9mins.)
  • Velcro-compatible cloth