The Great Stone Barn Project
Shaker Museum|Mount Lebanon
The Great Stone Barn was the North Family's iconic structure, and the largest Stone barn in America when built in 1859. In 2013-14 the Museum will be undertaking a stabilization of the massive stone remains. The exhibition, in the Poultry House, traces its history, functioning and current restoration. To view the accompanying online exhibition please click here.
Please join us on February 21st at 6:00PM for a presentation at the New Lebanon Public Library with creator Peter Watson.
The Shaker Retiring Room
Permanent Collection at
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Before the North Family Dwelling House was taken down in the 1970s, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City purchased an entire retiring room from the Shaker building. It is now part of the permanent exhibition Period Rooms at the museum. You can learn more about the METs Shaker room in this article. Or hear from one of the METs curators talk about why she goes to the Shaker room to "escape."
Celebrate National Women's History Month:
An Online Shaker Sketchbook
Everyone has a story. Whether profound achievements or simple acts, great stories have something unexpected that is worth telling. In celebration of March, National Women's History Month, we feature the strange, funny, moving, yet not often told stories of 21 Shaker women. Read for yourself how extraordinary the stories of ordinary women can be. Each weekday a new Shaker biography will be featured.
Click on each of the images below to read the biographies of the Shaker women they represent.
Note: Some women may have more than one image associated with them.
All the image information is available in the biographies.