Category: Historical Posts

The Granite City Journal

The Granite City Journal was originally broadcast on WNCS-FM in Montpelier, VT in July 1981 as an introduction to the 4th Barre Ethnic Heritage Festival. Mark Greenberg produced the series and recorded some of the interviews, while others were recorded by members of the Barre Ethnic Studies project. As a result, the audio quality of …

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Related History

* Higley Hill & the Communists of Wilmington, VT – by Paul Heller * And They Called Them “Galleanisti” – PhD thesis by Andrew Douglas Hoyt * Labor Conquers All Things – In 2021 Andy & Carolyn Shapiro brought a stone they’d found by the roadside in Johnson, VT with “Labor Conquers All Things” carved …

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Thomas C. Davis: A Life in Vermont

Oral history recollections by a 17th generation Vermonter, the son of a former governor, and himself a life-long public servant.

Tom Davis was a political activist, public speaker, storyteller, author, and statesman. Also known as “Tom Terrific,” he was widely admired for his quick wit, humor, humility, kindness, wisdom, and generosity.

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The Bakery from the Beginning to 2004

Union Cooperative Bakery Building

History of the Union Cooperative Bakery building, constructed in 1913 as an extension to the cooperative store located in the basement of the Socialist Labor Party Hall. It provided Italian and French baked goods to the community of italian granite workers in the area in the first decades of the twentieth century.

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Barre’s Past is Present at the Vermont History Center

Karen Lane, Director of the Aldrich Public Library speaking at the donation of the Barre archives collection to the Vermont Historical Society

Today at the Vermont History Center in Barre (originally the Spaulding Graded School), Barre’s history officially moved into the safekeeping of the Vermont Historical Society. Anointed with drinks and cookies, the Aldrich Public Library, represented by its director Karen Lane passed the torch. As she described it, the collection has had a checkered past. Originally based …

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Barre and Lawrence—the Bond Continues

Barre Historical Society member Marjorie Power pointing at Angelo Savinelli in the picture

Barre and Lawrence, Massachusetts, have shared a common bond ever since the Lawrence textile strike of 1912, when the working people of Barre supported this important strike with money and care for the strikers children. This is the story of how that relationship has continued through the years.

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