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

Primo Maggio 2018 – Traditional Italian Dinner with a History Chaser

Saturday, April 28 

Giving out the red carnations traditionally worn on the workers' May Day around the world.
Giving out the red carnations traditionally worn on the workers’ May Day around the world.

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

Antipasto, minestrone soup, lasagna, green salad, ice cream, coffee and tea

Wine or beer available at the cash bar

7:00 pm Solidarity Forever: Preserving Historic Union Halls

Prof. Rachel Donaldson
Prof. Rachel Donaldson

Dr.  Rachel C. Donaldson, Assistant Professor in the History Department of the College of Charleston, SC, will discuss the place of the Old Labor Hall in the tradition of social spaces that have played historic roles in the labor movement and the importance of their preservation.

In the past there has been very little study of the places and spaces where labor and labor activism occurred. Dr. Donaldson believes that through the preservation of labor history sites, historians can educate various audiences about the diversity of the working-class experience in the United States.

Although sites of work have long been identified as historically significant, all too often the lives workers have been left out of these narratives. By understanding which sites are important in working-class history and by bringing workers’ voices into the act of protecting, commemorating, and interpreting sites of labor, labor history can be more inclusive and illustrates the importance of labor and labor activism to American history.

Rachel Donaldson is an assistant professor of public history in the department of history at College of Charleston, in Charleston, South Carolina. She holds a PhD in history and a masters degree in historic preservation. She has two books on the folk music revival, “I Hear America Singing”: Folk Music and National Identity (2014) and Roots of the Revival: American and British Folk Music in the 1950s co-written with Ronald Cohen (2014). Currently, she is revising the Labor History theme study for the National Historic Landmark program.

Tickets $25 can be purchased online or at the door, but reservations are recommended. Online reservations are now closed, but you can still purchase tickets at the door.

For more information or to make reservations by phone or email:

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  • text 802-331-0013  (Please include your name in the message since only your phone number appears in the message as we receive it.)
  • phone 802-479-5600


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Primo Maggio Diner 2017
Enjoying the 2017 Primo Maggio Dinner