Shaker sisters were an integral part of manufacturing botanical medicines at Mount Lebanon, filling, corking, labeling, and boxing bottles for shipping. After the Civil War, when the medicinals business flourished, many outside manufacturers subcontracted with the largely female Shaker workforce, finding them well trained, disciplined, and honest. Among other products, Shaker sisters produced nearly 24,000 bottles of Norwood’s Tincture of Veratrum Viride, one of the largest selling medicinal preparations in the world at the time.
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.