Shaker Museum

The New York Times: The Shakers Are Movers, Too

CHATHAM, N.Y. — In an earlier life, the moribund red brick Victorian at the foot of Main Street in this thriving Columbia County village had been a sanitarium, a hotel and tavern, a furniture store and an auto dealership. These were the warm-up acts for its latest incarnation: a permanent new home for the Shaker Museum, widely […]

PUBLIC NOTICE: Regarding the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Section 106 Review of Building a New Shaker Museum

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has offered the Shaker Museum and Library a grant to construct a construct and outfit a climate-controlled collections storage facility in its new museum building. NEH is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities. […]

“Our fire engine was used & did good service”

The size of wood-framed Shaker buildings made the threat of fire and the challenge of effectively fighting fires a great and constant concern to the Shakers. It led them to a large extent to abandon the use of fireplaces in favor of safer cast-iron wood stoves, to replace wood shingles with slate or tin, and […]

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