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Union Cooperative Store Bakery Building Reopening as “Rise Up Bakery”

Carolyn Shapiro stoking the wood-fired oven in the Bakery

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!

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The Bakery rises up!

Bakery building before and after restoration 2017

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”.

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Primo Maggio 2018 – Traditional Italian Dinner with a History Chaser

Children of the 1912 Lawrence textile strikers at a banquet in the Hall

Saturday, April 28  

For Primo Maggio 2018, 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. 

5:00 pm Social Hour (cash bar)
6:00 pm Traditional Italian Dinner
7:00 pm Solidarity Forever: Preserving Historic Union Halls
Dr.  Rachel C. Donaldson, Assistant Professor in the History Department of the College of Charleston, SC, will talk about the place of the Old Labor Hall . . .

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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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Here’s to the Bakery! Fundraiser by the Three Penny Taproom

Poster picture showing 2 beer mugs

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.

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Giving Tuesday—November 28, 2017

Italian Pleasure Club with Giving Tuesday logo overlay

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.

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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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