Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Shaker Artifacts Will Get a New Home in Upstate New York

By Gabriella Angeleti 

A Shaker bench The Shaker Museum
The Shaker Museum in Chatham, New York, devoted to the culture of the mostly extinct religious sect, has launched a $15m effort to create a 30,000 sq. ft building for its collection, which spans more than 18,000 objects and archival materials. The museum, which manages the Shaker Village in Mount Lebanon, New York, a historic site where the largest congregation of Shakers settled from 1787 to 1947, was founded as a non-profit institution in 1950 by John Williams, an investment broker who traveled to active Shaker communities beginning in the 1930s and collected what he viewed as artifacts of a fading culture. [More