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When: Wed., May 1, 5-9:30 p.m. 2019
Phone: 802-479-5600
Price: $25.
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The Barre Historical Society pulls out all the stops to celebrate Primo Maggio, also known as May Day, an international day honoring workers. Three nights of festivities fill the former Socialist Labor Party Hall, starting with a talk by John Newbery Medal-winning children’s author and Vermont resident Katherine Paterson (pictured). Inspired by a photo of the sons and daughters of 20th-century textile workers on the party hall steps, Paterson wrote her 2008 young adult novel Bread and Roses, Too about a 1912 textile strike in Lawrence, Mass., told from the perspective of two children. A social hour and a traditional Italian dinner precede Paterson’s talk. Proceeds benefit the Socialist Labor Party Hall National Historic Landmark.

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