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 […]


CHATHAM, NEW YORK. November 16, 2021 – Shaker Museum, which stewards the world’s most comprehensive collection of Shaker material culture and archives, announced today the members of its inaugural Makers’ Circle. Members of the new advisory group include Emily Adams Bode, Ini Archibong, Nacho Carbonell, gt2P (Victor Imperiale, Guillermo Parada, Tamara Pérez and Sebastián Rozas), […]

The Thomsonian System: The Shakers and herbal medicines

Shaker medical practice was eclectic. While they availed themselves of non-Shaker doctors when needed, they tried a number of other medical treatment modalities over the years.  They treated a variety of illnesses with “electric” medicine – the generation and application of static electric shocks to relieve pain and effect cures. In fact, they were well enough […]

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