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Monthly Program

Victorian Society in America

Northern New Jersey Chapter

VSA-NNJ meets monthly from September to June for lectures and events

related to 19th Century history, usually on the third Monday of the month. 

Our next program will be:

The Paterson Silk Strike

Presented by Evelyn Hershey

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Monday, March 18, 2024 at 7:00 PM  

Montclair Women's Club,

82 Union Street, Montclair NJ

This venue is handicap accessible.  Parking is available behind the building and on the street.

Light refreshments, coffee and tea will be served. 

The program is free for members, and $10 for guests.


In the winter of 1913, more than 24,000 men women and children marched out of Paterson, New Jersey's silk mills calling for decent working conditions, an end to child labor, and an eight-hour work day.  Pietro and Maria Botto offered their home as a meeting place for strikers.  Upton Sinclair, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn and other champions of labor spoke to workers of many nationalities.  This presentation explores this historic labor action which lead to reforms in the workplace broadly enjoyed by Americans today.


Evelyn Hershey is the Education director of the American Labor Museum and Botto House National Landmark.


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