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, April 29 at 4:00 pm
Free and open to the public
Dr. William Tortolano will talk about the impact of the WPA art projects in Vermont. The depression was a highly creative period . . .
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 . . .
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.
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.
Monday, September 4, 7:00 pm at the Old Labor Hall