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.
Barre Historical Society is participating in "Vermont Gives", the first Vermont day of giving, to raise funds to repair the historic brickwork of the Old Labor Hall and the Union Cooperative Store bakery building.
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.
Free and open to the public
The Socialist Labor Party Hall's Primo Maggio 2016 celebration continues on May Day itself with a timely illustrated talk by Prof. Robert Weir, “Solid Men in the Granite City: Barre’s Socialist Mayors".
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, but this year, we will be doing something a little different.
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, …
Friday, July 31 at 7:30 pm An evening of music and song honoring the life, music, and legacy of Joe Hill, labor activist and songwriter. This event is part of a national tour commemorating the 100th anniversary of the execution of Joe Hill by the State of Utah. The Road Show will feature nationally known musicians Charlie King, Magpie, and George Mann, along with local guests, Mark Greenberg and Ben Koenig.