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Save the dates for Primo Maggio 2018 and other upcoming delights!

Primo Maggio 2018

The Socialist Labor Party Hall is hosting a memorable series of events for the spring season, starting with our annual commemoration of Primo Maggio:

Primo Maggio Dinner
Saturday, April 28, beginning at 5:00 pm Traditional Italian Dinner followed by a presentation Solidarity Forever: Preserving Historic Union Halls. Tickets $25.

Presentation: The WPA: The Depression and Great Art
Sunday, April 29 at 4:00 pm. Free.

Global Labor Film Festival: Harlan County USA
Sunday, May 6 at 7:00 pm. Free.

Larry Hanks & Deborah Robins - West Coast folk song duo
Sunday, June 3 at 7:00 pm.

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2018 Global Labor Film Festival – “Harlan County, USA”

Sunday, May 6 at 7:00 pm
Admission free

For the sixth year, the Old Labor Hall adds Barre, VT, to the worldwide list of cities participating in the 2018 Global Labor Film Festival (held each May by the Labor Film Database.

This year we are screening the classic Harlan County, USA, the first feature-length documentary by legendary filmmaker Barbara Kopple. The film tells the story of the epic 973 coal miners' strike against Duke Power's Eastover Mining Company in Harlan County, Kentucky.

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Primo Maggio 2018 – Traditional Italian Dinner with a History Chaser

Children of the 1912 Lawrence textile strikers at a banquet in the Hall

Saturday, April 28  Buy Tickets Now!

For Primo Maggio 2018, the Socialist Labor Party Hall continues the tradition of Primo Maggio commemorations begun by the founders of the Hall with the combination of food, fun, and education favored in the early days of the Hall. 

5:00 pm Social Hour (cash bar)
6:00 pm Traditional Italian Dinner
7:00 pm Solidarity Forever: Preserving Historic Union Halls
Dr.  Rachel C. Donaldson, Assistant Professor in the History Department of the College of Charleston, SC, will talk about the place of the Old Labor Hall . . .

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Bread and Puppet Theater’s Basic Bye-Bye Show

Hand waving Basic Bye Bye

Sunday, March 18

Performance at 5:00 pm followed by Bread and Puppet's famous free sourdough rye bread with aioli and the Old Labor Hall's delicious soup.
Bread & Puppet Theater returns to The Old Labor Hall with a  brand new play, The Basic Bye-bye Show, a manifesto on transformation, inspired by Albrecht Dürer’s apocalyptic woodcuts, birch branches lost during an ice storm, and the daily news.

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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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