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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:

  • Chet’s Fund

    A picture of Chet Briggs in the historic ticket window newly reinstalled in the restored front entrance hallway

    In the short history since the Old Labor Hall reopened in the autumn of 2000, the Hall has coped with one crisis after another. In addition to many "normal" crises that plague historic buildings—two failed roofs, requiring major structural improvements, changes in fire code regulations, and on and on—the Hall has "survived" three major floods.

    In each of these physical crises (which, of course, created financial crises), Barre Historical Society's late president Chet Briggs stepped up and dealt with the threat—again and again. Read more… 

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History:

  • 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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