The Shakers: America's Quiet Revolutionaries
November 15, 2014- March 6, 2016
New York State Museum
The New York State Museum, in collaboration with the Shaker Museum|Mount Lebanon, Hancock Shaker Village, and the Shaker Heritage Society (Albany), as well as the State Library and State Archives, presents a major new exhibition detailing one of the most significant and influential communal religious groups in American history. Artifacts from these preeminent Shaker collections are exhibited together for the very first time.
The Shakers launched a revolution parallel to the American Colonies' struggle against British rule. As they sought religious freedom in America, their spiritual practices and community focus set them apart from greater society. Their devotional routines as well as their product innovations, marketing acumen and views toward gender equality seemed "revolutionary" to the outside world.
Thematically divided into six areas, the exhibit shows how the Shakers' unique model of an equal society challenged the norms of the new nation.
To watch a video trailer for "America's Quiet Revolutionaries", please click on the picture above.
For more information on this exhibition, please visit the New York State Museum's website by clicking here. For any other questions, please contact email@example.com.
From Mount Lebanon to the World
June 14, 2014 - March 8, 2015
Farnsworth Art Museum
In close collaboration with the Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon and Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine is opening a major exhibition on the Shakers. The exhibit draws primarily on the broad collection of items from Mount Lebanon, and focuses on the community as the spiritual and administrative center of Shaker life. Using this lens, the show will present a historical overview of Shaker religious, social and economic life. It is the first major exhibition to focus to such an extent on the Mount Lebanon Shaker society.
While celebrating the history of the Shakers at Mount Lebanon in New York, the Farnsworth is also exhibiting objects from the communities of Maine in recognition of the state's own Shaker heritage. The Shaker villages of Alfred, Gorham, and Sabbathday Lake all produced remarkable works during the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. Sabbathday Lake continued into the 21st century, and today stands as the sole active Shaker community in the United States. Its members have been involved in the exhibit in order to tell their story, and Brother Arnold Hadd will officially open the show with a lecture in the Farnsworth Auditorium on June 14 at 1:00PM.
Farnsworth Art Museum
16 Museum Street
Rockland, Maine 04841
For more information on this exhibit, please click here. Visit the Farnsworth website here. If you have additional questions, please contact us.
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 June 2 at 7:30PM for a presentation at the Stephentown Historical Society with creator Peter Watson. For more information, contact us.
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 MET's Shaker room in this article. Or hear from one of the MET's curators on 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.