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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:

  • La Soirée Sucrée 2016 — Celebrating Barre’s Quebecois Heritage

    Chef Tim describes the pastires to patrons at Soirée SucréeThursday, July 28, 5:30 - 8:30 pm 

    This year again, as part of the Barre Heritage Festival, the Old Labor Hall is celebrating Barre's French Canadian heritage with Soirée Sucrée 2016 in honor of the Barre Historical Society's late president Chet Briggs.
    The evening is divided into three exciting components—all for one low price.
    ►French Dessert Competition
    ►French Dessert Tasting
    ►French-Canadian music by the Beaudoin Family 

    Read more…

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History:

  • 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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