Historian Rob Emlen is set to give an illustrated lecture on Early Depictions of Shakers at Mount Lebanon, on Saturday, March 17th from 4 to 5 pm at Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street, in Hudson.
Following his visit to the Mount Lebanon Shaker village in August, 1856, the New York newspaper artist Benson Lossing made watercolor drawings to guide the production of the wood engravings that illustrated the article he published in Harper’s New Monthly Magazine about daily life in a Shaker community. Although the illustrations for Lossing’s Shaker article were printed in black and white, his original watercolors have survived to give us an extraordinary glimpse at the colors of the Mount Lebanon Shaker village 162 years ago. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
McDormand and Suzzy Roche of The Wooster Group’s Early Shaker Spirituals: A Record Album Interpretation, along with the piece’s director Kate Valk, will present an excerpt from Early Shaker Spirituals, a performance based on the record album of the same name recorded by the Sisters of the Sabbathday Lake, Maine, Shaker Community in 1976 at the Shaker Museum’s annual fundraiser Gala on Saturday, August 19. Early Shaker Spirituals: A Record Album Interpretation premiered at The Performing Garage in New York City in 2014. Continue reading
The Shaker Museum will host celebrate the 281st birthday of Shaker founder Mother Ann Lee (February 29, 1736 to September 8, 1784), and the beginning of Women’s History Month, marked every year in March, at The Shaker Bar in Hudson, NY on Saturday, March 4 from 5 to 7 pm.
Portraits of influential Shaker women will be displayed on the bar’s walls and guests will have the opportunity to learn about the museum’s summer programming celebrating and exploring the Shakers’ commitment to gender equality and equal rights during this centennial year of women’s suffrage in New York State. Continue reading
The Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon will host a weekend of events and programs to commemorate over 200 years of Shaker pacifism, from Saturday, August 29 through Monday, August 31.
The Mount Lebanon Peace Weekend will consist of readings, a brunch and facilitated discussion about Shaker pacifist history, a panel of speakers currently active in the peace movement, and a special walking tour. Continue reading
The New York State Museum will open a new major exhibition about the history and culture of the Shakers on November 15, 2014. The Shakers: America’s Quiet Revolutionaries will feature over 150 historic images and nearly 200 Shaker artifacts, including artifacts from three Shaker historical sites: the Shaker Heritage Society, Hancock Shaker Village and the Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon.
In the late 1700s, the Shakers sought religious freedom in America, but their unique culture and spiritual practices set them apart from society. Their devotional routines as well as their product innovations and views towards gender equality seemed revolutionary. Continue reading
The third annual Mount Lebanon Heritage Herb Festival celebrates the illustrious past of herbs in town history as well as the Native American and Shaker traditions in the heart of the Lebanon Valley of New York, considered the birthplace of the herbal pharmacy in the United States.
The event takes place on Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the historic grounds of Darrow School, at Mount Lebanon Shaker Village. More than eighteen talks, walks and workshops explore the role of herbs in food, gardens, medicine and health from the early days of the Native Americans to current practices. Continue reading
The Shaker Museum – Mount Lebanon, in New Lebanon, Columbia County, NY, has completed the acquisition of 61 acres of land adjacent to its North Family site, part of the Mount Lebanon Shaker Society National Historic Landmark District.
The parcel, known as the North Pastures, was purchased from the Darrow School, whose campus consists of the former Church and Center Families of Mount Lebanon’s former Shaker community. The purchase was achieved in a partnership with the Open Space Institute, a nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to preserving scenic, natural, and historic landscapes, and also with funding from a 2012 grant from New York State. Continue reading
On Wednesday, September 25 the Shaker Museum – Mount Lebanon will hold an open house and reception with the Preservation League of New York State to celebrate the collaborative restoration efforts of the two organizations.
The Shaker Museum recently received a loan from The Preservation League of New York State to support the preservation projects currently underway at the North Family. Continue reading