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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 and the Union Cooperative Store bakery building.

Happenings at the Hall:

  • Bricks & Mortar—a historic headache

    Carpenters looking a cracks in brickwork in the interior of the bakeryMaintenance of historic structures is a good thing, but sometimes good intentions work against preservation.

    Both the Old Labor Hall and the Union Cooperative Store bakery building have brick exteriors. In the case of the Hall, the brick on the outside of the building is just a cladding on a wood frame structure. The Bakery brick walls are actually structural, supporting the roof. Despite their different uses, the brick exteriors present similar challenges. Read more…

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History:

  • The Bakery from the Beginning to 2004

    Union Cooperative Bakery BuildingHistory 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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