Socialist Labor Party Hall, 46 Granite St, Barre VT 05641
(802)331-0013 or (802)479-5600
A National Historic Landmark
Snail Mail address: P.O Box 496
Barre, Vermont 05641
The Socialist Labor Party Hall
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Special showing of this documentary film about the lives and work of 12 cartoonists from around the world, including Times Argus cartoonist Jeff Danziger.
Former Central Vermonter and widely-syndicated political cartoonist and author Jeff Danziger returns to Barre’s Old Labor Hall, 46 Granite St., on Wednesday, October 29 at 6:30 PM to talk about his new book, “The Conscience of a Cartoonist,” and his participation in the French documentary film, “Cartoonists – Foot Soldiers of Democracy.”
Well-known locally for his work in the Times Argus and Rutland Herald, Danziger has gone from teaching English at U-32 to syndicating cartoons in the Christian Science Monitor and Los Angeles Times. His often biting editorial cartoons continue to run in the Times Argus and Herald, as does his weekly strip “The Teeds: Tales of Agriculture for the Young and Old.”
According to spy novelist John LeCarré, “Jeff Danziger is everything a great political cartoonist should be in this over-reverential world: savage, merciless, accurate, ribald and blessed with a lovely eye and hand.” Right-wing political pundit Bernard Goldberg included Danziger on his list of “100 People Who Are Screwing Up America.” Danziger considers the listing to be “an honor.”
Danziger will introduce “Cartoonists,” an official selection at the Cannes Film Festival. The film weaves together portraits of 12 cartoonists who defend democracy, often at personal peril, with a smile on their faces and a pencil as their only weapon. After the film, Danziger will discuss the documentary and his new book.
“The Conscience of a Cartoonist” is a coffee-table collection of Danziger’s post-9/11 editorial cartoons with extensive, educational commentary. It is his tenth book of cartoons. He has also published a children’s book, “The Champlain Monster,” and a novel about the Vietnam war, “Rising Like the Tucson.”
Tickets for Danziger and the film are $10.
This event is sponsored by the Barre-Monpelier Times Argus which has donated free advertising in its Sunday edition, October 19. Click on the image for a larger copy of the ad in PDF format.
In the short history since the Old Labor Hall reopend in the autumn of 2000, the Hall has coped with one crisis after another. In addition to many "normal" crises that plague historic buildings --2 failed roofs, requiring major structural improvements, changes in fire code regulations, and on and on, the Hall has "survived" three major floods.
In each of these physical crises (which, of course, created financial crises), Barre Historical Society's late president Chet Briggs stepped up and dealt with the threat--again and again.
In Chet's memory, the Barre Historical Society is establishing a crisis fund in his name to set up a reserve to help the Hall weather the next blow in Chet's absence.
Where Have the Lawrence Strikers' Children Gone?
It's 102 years since the children of Lawrence, MA, came to Barre to be cared for during the great textile strike.
Although the last of the Bread and Roses strikers' children took the train from the Barre Depot Square back to Lawrence on March 30, 1912, the generousity of the Barre community has never been forgotten in Lawrence.
To find out more about Barre's part in the Lawrence Strike, visit our Bread and Roses history pages.
Pictures of the event are available for viewing and purchase. One set consists of pictures of the Hoffs and guests. The other set includes pictures of the guests. Photographer Terry Allen has kindly made these pictures available for purchase for the benefit of the Old Labor Hall. There is also another set of pictures taken by the Barre Historical Society.
If you would like to purchase a print of any of these pictures, you can order them from the Old Labor Hall online Store for $10 each (including shipping) for an 8 X10.
More Granite City Tales
At long last author Paul Heller, former Barre Historical Society Board member and friend of the Old Labor Hall, has brought out the sequel to his very popular Granite City Tales, entitled appropriately More Granite City Tales. This anthology includes articles published in the Times-Argus since 2012 as well as an essay on Carlo Abate which has never before been in print.
The Barre Historical Society is delighted to make the book available for purchase from the online store. Here is a glimpse inside:
1 Carlo Abate
2 Wendell Phillips Stafford
3 A Barre Man on the Titanic
4 The Hanging of Asa Magoon
5 Mari Tomasi: Vermont ’s Italian Story
6 Joshua Twing’s Gristmill
7 The CCC and the East Barre Dam
8 Frank Walker and the Blanchard Block
9 Barre and the Spanish-American War
10 The Enright Murder of 1893
11 The Spanish Flu in 1918
12 UFOs Over Graniteville
13 Barre’s Forgotten Monument
14 A Monument to Ethan Allen
15 The Monument for John Belushi
16 The Ludlow, Colorado Memorial
Old Labor Hall History Brochure
Although the Old Labor Hall is a National Historic Landmark, it is also in operation (just as it was in its glory days) as a gathering place for all kinds of events. Because of its constant use, there has been no area in which a permanent exhibit about the history of the Hall could be mounted. So to provide visitors with an introduction to the Hall, the Barre Historical Society has prepared a brochure giving a brief history of the Hall.
The production of the brochure was supported by generous grants from the Vermont Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Vermont State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, Vermont-NEA, and the Vermont State Employees Association.
Copies of the brochure can be obtained on request. For individual copies send a business sized stamped, self-addressed envelope to Brochure, Barre Historical Society, PO Box 496, Barre, VT 05641. For multiple copies, email email@example.com for special arrangements.
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