American Labor Museum Newsletter

Announcements and information

American Labor Museum
Botto House National Landmark

April 2022 Newsletter


Labor's Schoolhouse

To commemorate it's 40th anniversary, free copies of the books, whose cover is seen here (left), are being distributed to public school 4th-grade classsrooms, school libraries and public libraries throughout New Jersey.  To volunteer for your community, town or school district to pick up and distribute free books, please contact the Museum at (973) 595-7953 or


The Irwin Nack Workers' Memorial Day Observance, April 28 at 7pm

The Museum cordially invites the general public to participate in the annual Irwin Nack Workers' Memorial Day Observance in-person or virtually (ZOOM), on Thursday, April 28th, 2022 at 7PM.  In addition to the traditional candlelight vigil, author Daisy Pitkin will join us virtually to discuss her new book ON THE LINE:  A Story of Class, Solidarity, and Two Women's Epic Fight to Build a Union (Algonquin Books, 2022).  The book is a behind-the-scenes look at union organizing by Ms. Pitkin, who has spent over 20 years as a community and labor organizer, working to support US industrial laundry workers, as well as garment workers around the world.  Museum members will receive the ZOOM invitation for the Observance.  Others interested in attending virtually are asked to call the Museum at 973-595-7953 or to receive the ZOOM link.


Save the date!  Annual May Day Festival, May 1st at 1PM

On Sunday, May 1st, 2022 at 1PM, the Museum proudly hosts its Annual May Day Festival.  The Festival is an outdoor public event which will be moved indoors in the case of inclement weather.  There is a $10. per person suggested admission.  The Museum will be open to visitors and, browsing and shopping in the Museum Store will be available. Former lead of the folk/rock band, Human Condition and founder and director of the Brooklyn Women's Chorus, Bev Grant will unveil her exhibit.  Instrumental and vocal performances will follow the exhibit unveiling with George Mann accompanied by Marty Confurius and Al Podber.  Bev Grant will perform with singer/songwriter Carolann Solebello.  Lyric soprano annamaria Stefanelli will sing opera arias that were popular among immigrant workers.  The New Jersey Industrial Union Council's "Solidarity Singer" will also perform.  This program is made possible in part by a grant administered by the Passaic County Cultural and Heritage Council from funds granted by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

The Movements of the 60's exhibit by Bev Grant opens May 1st 

The Museum proudly opens The Movements of the 60's Through the Eyes of a Revolutionary Working-Class Feminist Photographer-Filmmaker-Musician exhibit by Bev Grant on Sunday, May 1st at 1PM.  The exhibit features Ms. Grant's original photography.  Bev Grant is the Labor Heritage Foundation's 2017 Joe Hill Award winner.  She is also the cultural director of the UALE Summer School for Union Women.  The Movements of the 60's exhibit closes on August 27th, 2022.  This program has been made possible in part by a grant administered by the Passaic County Cultural and Heritage Council from funds granted by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.  Funding has also been made possible by the Puffin Foundation.  The Museum is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday from 1-4PM and by appointment.  Group tours are available by appointment by calling the Museum at 973-595-7953 or  Virtual (ZOOM) individual and group tours are available by appointment.