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Union Cooperative Store

The year after the Old Labor Hall opened, a store was set up in the basement called “La Cooperativa Italiana” or “The Union Cooperative Store”, after which we have named our online store. All the profits from the store go to support the Old Labor Hall.


  • “Bread and Roses, Too” by Katherine Paterson

    Cover of Bread and Roses, Too. hardback

     Katherine Paterson’s many awards include two Newbery Medals, two National Book Awards and the Hans Christian Andersen Medal. Her inspiration for this book came after coming across the photograph of  the strikers children taken on the steps of the Old Socialist Labor Hall. The caption read: “Children of Lawrence, Massachusetts, Bread and Roses Strike Come to Barre.” She had heard of the strike but wondered what children from that city were doing in her Vermont town, so she determined to find out and this novel is the result.

    The Lawrence Public Library sponsored a citywide read of this book as part of the centennial commemorations in 2012 and the book is the basis for the Vermont Humanities Council Vermont Reads 2018 statewide reading program.

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Poster celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Union Cooperative Store
The poster designed by famous Barre artist Carlo Abate (1859-1941) to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Union Cooperative Store which was located in the basement of the Socialist Labor Party Hall.

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