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Angelica Santomauro

Angelica Santomauro has been the Executive Director of the American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark since July 1992. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education, Santomauro taught in the Jersey City schools while attending graduate school to earn a Master’s degree in educational administration and supervision from Kean University and later a doctorate from Rutgers University. During her teaching career, Santomauro developed a program entitled “Labor Studies In The Schools”. For this, Santomauro received numerous awards from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, NJ Historical Commission, the Jersey City Board of Education, among others. She also taught graduate courses at New Jersey City and Rutgers Universities as well as coordinated a Mentoring Program with the Hudson County Schools of Technology. Now, as Labor Museum Director, Santomauro continues developing labor education classes for children and adults on site and speaks about justice in the workplace and other related topics around the country. As recognition for her work, she has received the New Jersey Industrial Union Council Labor’s Recognition Award among many others. Santomauro has had articles in the Amnesty International Journal, the NJEA Reporter and Review, the New York Times, the National Italian American Foundation Ambassador Magazine, as well as other education and union publications. Along with the museum’s Education Director, Evelyn Hershey, Santomauro co-wrote the books Around Haledon: Immigration and Labor and The 1913 Paterson Silk Strike: The Children’s Story. She was a featured guest on numerous television and radio networks. She also appeared in the documentary “Pane Amaro (Bitter Bread)”, airing in Italy and throughout the United States to Italian-Americans in New Jersey.

Angelica is the loving and devoted mother to her son Bill, daughter-in-law Vivian, adoring grandmother (Mima) to William and Sofia and loyal partner to Mike.

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