The lesson is based on the National Historic Landmark nomination files, "Great Falls of the Passaic/Society for Establishing Useful Manufactures" (with photographs) and "The Pietro Botto House" (with photographs); the National Register of Historic Places registration file, "Belle Vista"; information from several Paterson museums; and Steve Golin's Fragile Bridge: Paterson Silk Strike, 1913. Paterson, New Jersey: America's Silk City was written by Rita G. Koman, an educational consultant. The lesson was edited by Fay Metcalf, Marilyn Harper, and the Teaching with Historic Places staff. TwHP is sponsored, in part, by the Cultural Resources Training Initiative and Parks as Classrooms programs of the National Park Service. This lesson is one in a series that brings the important stories of historic places into classrooms across the country.
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Visiting the site
The Great Falls/S.U.M. Historic District Visitor's Center is located at 65 McBride Avenue, across from the Great Falls parking area in downtown Paterson. It can provide information on touring the district and visiting many of Paterson's other historic buildings. For more information, contact the Tour Director, 65 McBride Avenue, Paterson, NJ 07501.
The Passaic County Historical Society/Lambert Castle Museum, the American Labor Museum/Botto House National Historic Landmark, and the Paterson Museum have been restored and are open to the public. Contact them at the following addresses for further information:
Passaic County Historical Society/Lambert Castle Museum, 3 Valley Road, Paterson, NJ 07503; American Labor Museum, Botto House National Historic Landmark, 83 Norwood Street, Haledon, NJ 07508; Paterson Museum, 2 Market Street, Paterson 07505. The Botto House also has developed educational materials on the Paterson silk strike and on labor history in general.