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Tom Davis Memorial

Tom Davis in front of the Old Labor Hall (photo Mark Greenberg)

Barre Historical Society and Vermont Labor History Society Board Member, Tom Davis, died unexpectedly on February 16 at age 85. His was a life well lived to the very last. His contributions to the people of Vermont cannot be overstated.

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La Soirée Sucrée 2016 — Celebrating Barre’s Quebecois Heritage

Chef Tim describes the pastires to patrons at Soirée Sucrée

Thursday, 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

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Bricks & Mortar—a historic headache

Carpenters looking a cracks in brickwork in the interior of the bakery

Maintenance 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.

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2016 Global Labor Film Festival

Marquee for 2016 Global Labor Film Festival showing of How Green Was My Valley

Saturday, May 22 at 7:00 pm

Free and open to the public.
Barre joins cities all over the world participating in the Global Labor Film Festival with its showing of the 1941 blockbuster, How Green Was My Valley which won five Oscars: Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Picture.

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Primo Maggio Dinner 2016 Prize Drawing – Hurry, Hurry!

2016 prize drawing sponsors Biggam, Fox, & Skinner staff

We knew that attendance at the Old Labor Hall’s annual Primo Maggio traditional community dinner was a great occasion, anticipated by many folks just like Thanksgiving or New Year’s Eve. But now, we know  it is a genuine prize! In the spirit of philanthropy and to encourage community participation in this great local and international May Day tradition, …

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