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
Welcome to the website of the Barre Historical Society, owner of the Socialist Labor Party Hall National Historic Landmark. Here you can find information about the history of the the Hall, about renting the Hall for your event, about how you can help the Barre Historical Society preserve the Hall.
It is 110 years since the first of these pictures was taken outside the Socialist Labor Party Hall to celebrate Primo Maggio, the international workers' day celebrated around the world. With the reopening of the Hall, the Barre Historical Society has revived the annual tradition of this workers holiday.
The story of a song which was sung regularly at the Socialist Labor Party Hall, The Internationale is an award-winning documentary about a musical anthem and features stories and performances by Pete Seeger, Billy Bragg and many others. The film explores the importance of ideals, the fate of the left, and the power of music as a force for change.
Tickets: $25 ($20 for union members, seniors & students) online or at the door
For more information or reservations: 802-479-5600 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Principal Underwriter: Mutuo, Inc.
with additional support from the Vermont Labor History Society
President of the Barre Historical Society
The Barre Historical Society mourns the recent death of its president, Chet Briggs.
Since it reopended as a public gathering place, Chet sheparded the Old Labor Hall in its recovery from 3 major floods. His love and care for the Hall has enabled this unique, historical building to stay open through thick and thin.
To learn more about Chet's life and his contributions to the Barre community and every community in which he lived, check out his memorial page.
An appreciation of Chet's life appeared on the front page of the Times Argus on January 5. For a link to the article, go to the Old Labor Hall Facebook page.
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.
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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