The Barre Historical Society has had the good fortune to find an artisan baker with long and unique experience running a wood fired bakery. This month (July 2019), Jim Haas will become the first baker since Joe Piccolini closed the Bakery in the early 1940s.
February 28, 2019 at 7:00 pm, is the first Vermont PBS broadcast of the documentary If Stone Could Speak/Se la pietra sapesse parlare
The film had its world premiere at the Socialist Labor Party Hall on Monday, April 30, 2007, as part of the annual Primo Maggio celebration. It tells the story of the Italian granite workers who make Barre, Vermont, the "Granite Capital of the World".
For more information and the schedule of additional broadcast times:
Scott Skinner, former board member and long time Barre Historical Society volunteer died on December 18, 2018. For many years, he served on the Board as the Secretary, and as Chair of the Bricks and Mortar Committee, essentially the building manager, general contractor, and minder.
He brought several major and complex projects to completion, including the Fire Code compliance and the FEMA flood. mitigation project.
Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 4:00 to 9:00 pm
The Barre Historical Society announces the grand reopening of the Bakery building, exactly 105 years to the day from its first opening.
The restored Bakery building is now ready to bake. The sewer has been connected and the heating and electricity, and all the other amenities have now been installed to complement the wood-fired oven. The Bakery is already to make the baked goods from start to finish—all right on the premises. Let the festivities begin!
For schedule . . .
The first phase of the restoration of the Union Cooperative Store bakery building is nearing completion. If all goes well, on Labor Day weekend, the doors of this historic building will reopen with a grand celebration as the “Rise Up Bakery”.
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.
Friday February 2 at 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)
Worst. Song. Ever contestants perform really bad pop songs, from any era. The audience votes for its unfavorite with $$, half of which support the Hall.
What do great beer, fine food, and the Barre Historical Society have in common? All three are helping restore the Union Cooperative Store bakery building, built by union labor in 1913, and now part of the Socialist Labor Party Hall National Historic Landmark.
Eat and/or drink at Three Penny Taproom in downtown Montpelier (108 Main St). Five percent of all day's sales will be donated to restore the Barre Historical Society’s Rise Up Bakery.
It's tough after a long weekend of eating, drinking, and shopping, to think about more serious things like how you can help to preserve this country's heritage and history for this and future generations. However, the Barre Historical Society needs your help to preserve the achievements and history of ordinary people and make them truly "visible".
Here are the upcoming projects: finishing the Old Labor Hall brickwork repair and bringing utilities and handicap access to the Bakery.
Can you smell the bread baking? Not quite yet, but we are getting closer. In the first two weeks of December, volunteers will be helping to build the base ready for the installation of the wood-fired oven.