Collage - Bread & Roses Labor Day 2018 logo with Lawrence Strikers Children and Mark Greenberg

Labor Day 2018 at the Old Labor Hall & Bakery

Monday, September 3, 2:30 – 9:00 pm

With the first phase of the restoration of Barre’s former Union Cooperative Store bakery building nearing completion, bread and music will take center stage at this year’s Labor Day celebration at Barre’s historic Old Labor Hall. The festivities will be held in conjunction with the Hall’s participation in the statewide Vermont Reads program and the soft opening of the bakery building in its new incarnation as the Rise Up Bakery .

All events are free and open to the public.

2:30 to 4:00  Fun activities for families

  • Making paper hats, roses, and pages for a story book
  • “Photos” with the striker’s children from Lawrence
Working on the wood-fired oven
The wood-fired oven in progress

4:00 to 5:00  Special Labor Day program celebrating the Bread & Roses Strike and the renovation of the Bakery

5:00 to 5:30  Visit to Rise Up bakery

  • Sampling of bread sticks made in the wood fired oven
  • Snacks

7:00 pm  “Solidarity Forever: Songs of Unions and Labor

Educator, musician, and long-time Barre Historical Society Board Member Mark Greenberg will present “Solidarity Forever–Songs of Unions and Labor”.

For centuries, working people have used songs to express protest and hope and as an organizing tool. In the U.S., the I.W.W (or Wobblies), which led the Bread and Roses strike, was especially known for its rousing and satirical songs.

The presentation includes live and recorded music and surveys American labor songs from the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution, through the Wobblies, and into the coal wars of the 1930.

If you attended last year’s Labor Day celebrations at the Hall, you will have heard many of these very songs sung by Mark Greenberg himself, along with Ben Koenig and Si Kahn. Now you will have an opportunity to learn more of the history of the songs. If you missed it you can listen to the concert on video:

Mark Greenberg
Mark Greenberg

Mark Greenberg has taught at Goddard College and the University of Vermont and produced award-winning recordings and radio and video documentaries.

Vermont Humanities Council logoSolidarity Forever: Songs of Unions and Labor is a Vermont Humanities Council program hosted by the Barre Historical Society. (It is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or VHC.)