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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:

  • Worst. Song. Ever. Contest is Baaaaaack!

    Worst Song Ever bandSaturday, November 23 at 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)

    WORST. SONG. EVER. returns to the Old Labor Hall. This annual live music event celebrates decades & decades of really bad pop music for the benefit of the Old Labor Hall.
    The winners (the worst) are based solely on audience voting, the victor is the act that gets the most $$$$. The WORST. TROPHIES. EVER. are awarded to the winners as decided by YOU. The event itself is FREE, but if you don't bring your money, you will miss half the fun, and the Hall won't benefit, so bring your $1s, $5s, $10s, and maybe even a $20 to vote with!

    Calling all "musicians"! The fun can't happen without you.
    The competition is open to performers of all styles, levels, and abilities: from musicians, to hobbyists, to hacks! If you can carry a tune, strum a few chords, or better, (or worse)…then this event’s for you. Advanced sign up is required if you want to perform. Read more 

  • Bakery Open—Fresh Bread for You at Last!

    Jim Haas, resident baker in the restored BakeryUPDATE: The Bakery Window has extended its hours it is now open on Wednesday and Thursday from 12:30 to 4:30 pm, and Friday from 12:30 to 3:30 pm
    How can bread be both fresh and historic? If you buy it directly from the "Rise Up Bakery" window at the historic Union Cooperative Store bakery building—now restored as a modern wood fired bakery.

    You can now purchase bread right from the wood fired oven.
    Read more 

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