This is the website of the Barre Historical Society, owner of the Socialist Labor Party Hall National Historic Landmark, known as the “The Old Labor Hall”. Here you can find information about the history of the the Hall, about renting the Hall for your event, and about how you can help the Barre Historical Society preserve the Hall.

Happenings at the Hall:

  • Bread and Puppet Returns; Kids Can Come, Too

    Bread and Puppet Rhino Saturday, May 23 at 6:00 pm Buy Tickets Now Bread and Puppet returns to the Old Labor Hall—this time with a production that is suitable for both children and adults.  Bread and Puppet Theater is one of the oldest, nonprofit, self-supporting theatrical companies in the country. It is presenting one of its touring performances suitable for the whole family: The Public Access Center for the Obvious Presents: The Situation Read more… 

  • “Jimmy Higgins: A Life in the Labor Movement”

    Harlan Baker as "Jimmy Higgins" Saturday, May 30 at 7:30 pm  Buy tickets now The Old Labor Hall is delighted to host  Jimmy Higgins, A Life in the Labor Movement, a one-man show. Jimmy Higgins celebrates the radical activist politics of the first half of the 20th century, the heyday of the Old Labor Hall. The play is written and performed by Harlan Baker. Read more… 

Bakery Kickstarter

Logo of the Rise Up Bakery

Here is a message from Carolyn Shapiro, Chair of the Bakery Project:

Thanks to all of you who have supported the project and who have contributed!  We made it to our goal.  If any of you would like to still donate, PLEASE DO because our total budget adds a few zeros to our kickstarter goal!  Thanks again! I look forward to breaking bread together. 

If you want to donate to the restoration of the Union Cooperative Store Bakery Building, you can donate online right here:

One of the donors commented:

This news leavened my day with a joyful sense that something good is in the works. Well done, everyone.



  • The Bakery from the Beginning to 2004

    Union Cooperative Bakery Building History of the Union Cooperative Bakery building, constructed in 1913 as an extension to the cooperative store located in the basement of the Socialist Labor Party Hall. It provided Italian and French baked goods to the community of italian granite workers in the area in the first decades of the twentieth century. Read more  

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