New Exhibit at the CSI Library Rotunda

The Progressive Era: Creating Modern America, 1900-1917

On display: October 5 – November 9, 2016

During the Progressive Era (1900–1917) a broad-ranging reform movement worked to make government more democratic, to lessen the effects of industrialization, and to regulate business.

This exhibition, on loan from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, includes reproductions of letters, cartoons, pictures, and broadsides that illustrate America’s transformation into a modern, industrial society.

The Pageant of the Paterson Strike


On June 7, 1913, striking silk workers staged a play at Madison Square Garden in New York City about their clash with mill owners in Paterson, New Jersey. Artists and reformers organized the event to support their Union, the radical Industrial Workers of the World.