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.


Workers' Struggles Which Led To Strikes: 1900-Present


  • Sashes worn by striking garment workers, NY, 1909-1910
  • (2) Picket Signs, 195 & 1955


  • The Uprising of the 20,000 (garment workers)
  • The Great Strike-Lawrence, 1912, 1978
  • The Pageant of the Paterson Strike, 1913
  • Great Postal Workers' Strike, 1970
  • Booklet: ILGWU Illustrated, 23rd Convention, May 1937


  • Meeting of Strikers at Bott's Home, Paterson Silk Strike, 1913
  • Crowds at Fisher Body plant occupied by sit-down strikers, 1937
  • The Battle of Overpass, 1937
  • (2)Striking members of ACTWU Locals 1733 & 1932, 1994


  • Postcard: "A Few scabes [sic] led by O'Brine [sic] men during Paterson Strike, June 1913", 1913
  • Song: "Sit Down, Sit Down!" 1936
  • Labor Statistics, The 1959 Steel Strike
  • T-shirt: "United Mine Workers of America" 1988-1990
  • Placard: Arizona copper Strike of 1997
  • Sign: "Turn up the heat on Phelps Dodge", 1997
  • 2 buttons: Arizona Copper Strike of 1997
  • Audio cassette: Bread & Roses: Songs for Working Women
  • Video Cassette & Poster Smashing the Tower: The 1946 Oakland General Strike
  • Magazine: Labor's Heritage, Fall, 1996
  • Book: Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade Against Labor 1994
  • Poem: "Bread and Roses"
  • Velcro compatible cloth