In 2016 Shaker Museum Mount Lebanon received a $750,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to fund a project to bring its collections online.
The Museum has retained the New York City based web design firm Studio Analogous to create a website that highlights the Museum’s collection of Shaker material culture, including objects, publications, and archives.
Two full-time project staff have been working with existing Museum staff and Boston-based freelance photographer John Mulligan to create digital records for the entire collection and to photograph a portion of the objects. The resulting website is expected to allow users to explore the collection in depth and discover connections between objects, archival material, photographs, individual Shakers, and the various Shaker communities.
The website is expected to launch in Spring 2018 and is expected to be expanded as the project continues.
Shaker Museum stewards the historic site in New Lebanon, New York, which is open from June to October and offers tours, exhibitions, and public programs.
The Museum also has a campus in Old Chatham, New York, open year round by appointment, where the administrative offices, collections, library, and archives are housed.
The museum’s collection of over 56,000 Shaker items is considered the most comprehensive collection of its kind in the world.
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