The project is up and running. I was fortunate enough to have experience by working at the Botto House American Labor Museum. The Botto House is a museum that has been dedicated to the workers
The Botto House American Labor Museum was a gathering place for the 1913 Paterson Silk Strike, a major strike in the history of Paterson, New Jersey. The Strike broke out because of labor disputes between the silk mill owners and those who made that silk. The owners were going to move the workers from a 2 loom system to a 4 loom system.
When the strike started, it was unsuccessful and ineffective. Peaceful meetings in assembly halls were shut down by the Paterson police and strikes in the streets of Paterson were violently broken up. The police departments were largely supported by the factory owners and the scales of justice tipped out of favor for the factory workers.
Mayor Brookman of Haledon, New Jersey was sympathetic to the plight of the strikers and invited the strikers to demonstrate there. Haledon is one town over from Paterson and the strikers were able to assemble without the harassment of the police.
Working here I learned about one side of Paterson’s story. The history that I studied here was just one of the many sides of the history of Paterson. The research I am doing and the interviews I will be taking are going to be primary research. Learning the other sides of the Paterson story will be important for future historical study.