Shaker sisters manufactured various styles of cloaks at villages in New York, New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts. Modeled on traditional Shaker style, the cloaks became popular and stylish among non-Shaker women. First Lady Frances Cleveland is said to have worn a Shaker cloak to her husband’s second presidential inauguration. The sale of cloaks at Mount Lebanon earned the Shakers $144,700 between 1881 and 1929, over $3 million in today’s dollars. At Canterbury and Enfield in New Hampshire, the sisters ran a successful business manufacturing knit sweaters, which were often sold to colleges such as Yale and Dartmouth as “letter sweaters” in the school’s color.
Shane Rothe (they/them) joined Shaker Museum in July 2023, working with independent curator Maggie Taft on an exhibition for the new museum space in Chatham. Shane is an artist as well as a curator and continues to create in the mediums of painting, sculpture, writing, and performance. Shane holds a BFA from CalArts and an MA in art history and curatorial studies from the University of Chicago.