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January 14, 2022

American Labor Museum and the Pietro and Maria Botto House | Haledon, New Jersey

Strike meeting at the Botto House 1913 by Mike Conner.
 

Home of the American Labor Museum

 

New Jersey was the home of many silk mills during the last century. 

 

It is now the home of the American Labor Museum.

 

Thousands of people were employed in those silk mills, under deplorable conditions. 

 

Long hours doing difficult and back-breaking work was the norm. Pietro and Maria Botto, immigrants from northern Italy, were two of those workers. 

 

So was their daughter.

Pietro and Maria Botto house in Haledon, New Jersey. Home of the American Labor Museum.

In 1913, the workers decided to go on strike. 

 

Over 25,000 of them walked out, shutting down the silk industry. 

 

They wanted an eight-hour day, among other demands. 


Pietro and Maria Botto House in Haledon, New Jersey

 

The workers were forbidden to strike in Paterson, so they moved over the town line to neighboring Haledon. 

 

Pietro and Maria had a modest house in Haledon, but the front balcony was perfect for giving speeches. At the time, there was much free space and lawns for large crowds to gather in front of the house. 

 

Soon labor leaders from around the country descended upon this home. Upton Sinclair, the author of The Jungle, a famous and muckraking novel of conditions in factories and mills, was one of the speakers. 

 

The Industrial Workers of the World (I.W.W.), better known as the “Wobblies”, also were there. They were considered the “outside agitators” of the strike. 

 

This is a wonderful and succinct video of the strikes: 

 

 

The Botto house is now an official National Historic Landmark and the American Labor Museum is located there.

  sign

Pietro and Maria Botto
bedroom
The Dining Room
kitchen
kitchen

 

More About the American Labor Movement

 To see how the other half lived, you can check out my photos from 2014:  Lambert Castle Parts 1 and 2  

To read more about the silk strikes of 1913: Paterson Silk Strikes of 1913

If you are interested in reading books about labor, please read my reviews of Nickel and Dimed: On Not Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich, and Punching In: The Unauthorized Adventures of a Front-Line Employee by Alex Frankel.  

 

Thanks for visiting New Jersey Memories!

American Labor Museum and the Pietro and Maria Botto House | Haledon, New Jersey

January 14, 2022

March 27, 2018

March For Our Lives in Morristown!

Morristown, New Jersey town hall

On Saturday, March 24th one of the #MarchForOurLives rallies took place in Morristown, New Jersey. 

Protesters came with clever signs and a real sense of accomplishment amongst the surprisingly large crowd. About 13,000 marchers showed upMorristown was one of about 800 sibling marches to the main one in Washington, DC.

It was a cold day but with blue skies and bright sunshine. Drones flew overhead, speeches were made, and determination for real change pervaded the crowd. 

First, we gathered in front of town hall. 

March For Our Lives in Morristown!

March 27, 2018

December 15, 2015

Evergreens (Charles Schultz House | Montclair, New Jersey

Charles Shultz House,, Montclair, New Jersey
Evergreens, Montclair, New Jersey
During the holiday season, several historic homes in Montclair are open to the public for holiday tours. One of them is Charles Shultz House, also known as Evergreens.

Evergreens (Charles Schultz House | Montclair, New Jersey

December 15, 2015

June 08, 2015

The Farm at Green Village | Green Village, New Jersey

Plants at The Farm at Green Village, New Jersey


The Farm at Green Village in lovely Green Village, New Jersey, contains over 30 acres of trees, plants, flowers, and animals. 
 
They have an amazing and beautiful variety of flora and fauna, and everything you'd need for your garden or patio.

It is one of my favorite places in New Jersey  because it is pretty and peaceful. 

It's a magical place . . .

I am very fond of the beautiful swans.


Swans at Plants at The Farm at Green Village, New Jersey

Swans at Plants at The Farm at Green Village, New Jersey



The Farm at Green Village, New Jersey

The Farm at Green Village, New Jersey

Gazebo at The Farm at Green Village, New Jersey

Statuary The Farm at Green Village, New Jersey

Plants and flowers at The Farm at Green Village, New Jersey

Plants at The Farm at Green Village, New Jersey


Plants at The Farm at Green Village, New Jersey


Plants at The Farm at Green Village, New Jersey

Plants at The Farm at Green Village, New Jersey

 
You can read more about The Farm at Green Village here.

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Inspire Me Monday @ Create With Joy
Our World Tuesday @ Our World Tuesday
Wordless Wednesday @ Wordless Wednesday
Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer
Thursday Favorite Things@Katherine's Corner 
Simple and Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme
Pink Saturday @ How Sweet the Sound

 
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The Farm at Green Village | Green Village, New Jersey

June 08, 2015

June 01, 2015

Presby Memorial Iris Gardens, Montclair, New Jersey

Iris gardens

The Presby Memorial Iris Gardens in Montclair, New Jersey are the largest public iris garden in the world. Every spring they bloom in a variety of colors and iris types. 

Presby Memorial Iris Gardens, Montclair, New Jersey

June 01, 2015

May 18, 2015

Van Vleck House and Gardens | Montclair, New Jersey

Van Vleck House and Gardens
 
Van Vleck House and Gardens in Montclair, New Jersey began as a 12-acre private estate in 1868. 
 
In 1992 the heirs of the Van Vleck family gave the house and the gardens to the non-profit Montclair Foundation

The private gardens are free and open to the public from dawn to dusk 365 days a year. There are classes, concerts, and special events that take place through the year. 

The grounds are beautiful and peaceful, and the estate is especially famous for the wisteria blooming around the house. 

You can read more about the Van Vleck House and Gardens here.

Van Vleck House and Gardens

Van Vleck House and Gardens
Van Vleck House and Gardens

Van Vleck House and Gardens
Van Vleck House and Gardens
Van Vleck House and Gardens

Van Vleck House and Gardens
Van Vleck House and Gardens
Van Vleck House and Gardens
Van Vleck House and Gardens
Van Vleck House and Gardens
Van Vleck House and Gardens
Van Vleck House and Gardens
Van Vleck House and Gardens
 
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Wordless Wednesday @ Wordless Wednesday
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Thursday Favorite Things@Katherine's Corner 
Simple and Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme
Pink Saturday @ How Sweet the Sound

Thanks for visiting New Jersey Memories!
 

Van Vleck House and Gardens | Montclair, New Jersey

May 18, 2015

May 12, 2015

The Montclair Art Museum | Montclair, New Jersey

Tom Nussbaum "Listen" 2008 sculpture
Tom Nussbaum, Listen, 2008

Even though Montclair, New Jersey has fewer than 40,000 residents, it boasts of many parks, a diverse population, and a strong interest in the arts. 

The town even has a fine art museum, situated on a beautiful street with quite a few splendid mansions. 

The Montclair Art Museum | Montclair, New Jersey

May 12, 2015

May 04, 2015

The Pink Cherry Blossoms are in Full Bloom | Newark, New Jersey

pink cherry blossoms


The pink cherry blossoms in Branch Brook Park in Newark, New Jersey are now in full bloom! 

 

We had a weekend of gorgeous weather and they have responded beautifully in an explosion of PINK!

 
These pink ones are my favorites. They inspire me in so many ways. 
 
They bring joy and beauty to the thousands of visitors who come to see them every year.

Somehow I always think of this song when I see cherry blossoms: 


I was humming that #1 song as I visited the lovely flowering trees on Sunday:


Pink Cherry Blossoms in Branch Brook Park

Pink Cherry Blossoms in Branch Brook Park

cherry blossoms

cherry blossoms

cherry blossoms

cherry blossoms

Linking up to: 
 
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Inspire Me Monday @ Create With Joy
Our World Tuesday @ Our World Tuesday
Wordless Wednesday @ Wordless Wednesday
Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer
Thursday Favorite Things @ Katherine's Corner 
Simple and Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme
Pink Saturday @ How Sweet the Sound

You can see more cherry blossoms here!

Thanks for visiting New Jersey Memories!

The Pink Cherry Blossoms are in Full Bloom | Newark, New Jersey

May 04, 2015

April 20, 2015

The Cherry Blossom Trees are Starting to Bloom | Newark, New Jersey

cherry blossom tree


The cherry blossom trees in Newark’s Branch Brook Park are starting to bloom!

Most of the park is in Newark, but a small portion is in neighboring Belleville. They were late again this year because of the long and harsh winter. 

More cherry blossom trees are being planted to replace some old trees and also to increase the amount of cherry blossom trees in the park to over 5,000! 

That’s more than Washington, D.C.! As a matter of fact, it is the largest collection of cherry blossom trees in the United States!

The park's design was created by the firm of Frederick Olmsted, who also designed the magnificent Central Park in New York.

This year, the cherry blossom trees are still officially in the “budding” stage, since some still only have buds and some have almost nothing to show yet. 

sign

As you can see, some branches have both buds and fully formed flowers on them. 

cherry blossoms
cherry blossoms

And some trees are nearing their peak bloom.

cherry blossoms
cherry blossoms

You can read about the historic cherry blossoms trees and the history of the park here

You can see my other cherry blossom photos here.  


Thanks for visiting New Jersey Memories! 

 

The Cherry Blossom Trees are Starting to Bloom | Newark, New Jersey

April 20, 2015