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Here’s to the Bakery! Fundraiser by the Three Penny Taproom

Poster picture showing 2 beer mugs

What do great beer, fine food, and the Barre Historical Society have in common?  All three are helping restore the Union Cooperative Store bakery building, built by union labor in 1913, and now part of the Socialist Labor Party Hall National Historic Landmark.

Eat and/or drink at Three Penny Taproom in downtown Montpelier (108 Main St). Five percent of all day's sales will be donated to restore the Barre Historical Society’s Rise Up Bakery.

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Giving Tuesday—November 28, 2017

Italian Pleasure Club with Giving Tuesday logo overlay

It's tough after a long weekend of eating, drinking, and shopping, to think about more serious things like how you can help to preserve this country's heritage and history for this and future generations. However, the Barre Historical Society needs your help to preserve the achievements and history of ordinary people and make them truly "visible".

Here are the upcoming projects: finishing the Old Labor Hall brickwork repair and bringing utilities and handicap access to the Bakery.

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Ben Scotch: “Who Decides About War?”

Ben Scotch and Uncle Sam thinking

Sunday, November 12 at 4:00 pm

Benson Scotch explores the constitutional, political, strategic, and historical factors that have influenced the use of America’s military force in his multi-media presentation, "Who Decides About War?" His discussion focuses on the question of what constitutes "war" in the 21st century and what are the legal bases for deploying the United States' military power.

This is the inaugural event in the Barre Historical Society's Thomas C. Davis Public Issues Series.

Admission is free.

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Community Conversation and Book Reading with Elizabeth Minnich

Dr. Elizabeth Minnich

Wednesday, September 6, 7:00 pm at Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier

The Barre Historical Society and the Kellogg-Hubbard Library are co-sponsoring a discussion and book reading led by scholar Dr. Elizabeth Minnich on the subject of her recent book The Evil of Banality: The Life and Death Importance of Thinking which draws on literature, psychology, economics, journalism, and pop culture to explore how people both perpetrate and resist genocide and other “extensive” evils.

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Organizing for Action — a Workshop with Si Kahn

Si Kahn

Monday, September 4 at 4:00 pm (note time & date change)
Si Kahn will lead a participatory workshop about organizing for action in your community.  This event will take place before the Labor Day singalong honoring fellow civil rights organizer the late Chet Briggs for the benefit of the Old Labor Hall. (This is the rescheduled event that was snowed out in March.)

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La Soirée Sucrée 2017 — Celebrating Barre’s Quebecois Heritage

Desserts from 2016

Thursday, July 27, 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 2017 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 Va-et-Vient

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