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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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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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Benefit the Bakery in Vermont Gives 2017!

Vermont Gives Participation Banner with Bakery

Wednesday, June 7, 6:00 pm thru June 8 at 6:00 pm  Vermont Gives!

The Barre Historical Society is participating in the second annual Vermont Gives statewide day of non-profit giving again this year. The proceeds will be used toward Phase 2 of the restoration of the Union Cooperative Store bakery building into a functioning educational bakery.

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