Primo Maggio 2018

Save the dates for Primo Maggio 2018 and other upcoming delights!

The Barre Historical Society has a memorable series of events for lined up for the spring season, starting with our annual commemoration of Primo Maggio. For 2018, the Socialist Labor Party Hall will be following in the founders’ footsteps with their classic combination of food, fun, entertainment and education. All proceeds from these events go to support this National Historic Landmark.

Saturday, April 28

5:00 pm Social Hour (cash bar)

6:00 pm Traditional Italian Dinner

7:00 pm Presentation – Solidarity Forever: Preserving Historic Union Halls

Dr. Rachel C. Donaldson, College of Charleston, SC, will give a presentation placing the Old Labor Hall in the tradition of social spaces that have played historic roles in the labor movement and explaining why their preservation is important.

Tickets $25 (reservations recommended) For more information or if you don’t care to buy tickets online, you can make reservations by: email, phone 802-479-5600, or text 802-331-0013.

Sunday, April 30

4:00 pm Presentation – The WPA: The Depression and Great Art

Dr. William Tortolano will present a talk examining the Vermont murals, sculpture, posters, and other representations commissioned by the federal government during the Great Depression.

The presentation is free and tea and biscotti will be served.

Sunday, May 6

7:00 pm  – Global Labor Film Festival

This year we will be showing Harlan County, USA, the Academy Award–winning 1976 documentary of the grueling coal miners’ strike in a small Kentucky town that captured the miners’ 13 month struggle with strikebreakers, local police, and company thugs.

Admission free – light refreshments available.

Sunday, June 3

7:00 pm – Larry Hanks & Deborah Robins

West Coast folk song duo with a broad repertoire of songs describing the traditions and trials of American life. Known as a “folksinger’s folksinger”, Hanks has been performing to delighted festival and club audiences (Fox Hollow, Mariposa, The Portable Folk Festival, The Old Town School of Folk Music, et al) for over 50 years. Now touring with his wife and musical partner, Larry’s mellifluous bass-baritone voice combines with the eclectic close harmonies of Deborah’s resonant alto, bringing back to life a large repertoire of songs describing trials and traditions of American life.

Tickets: $18; seniors, students, union members $15; children under 12 free. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.