Amelia Calver was brought to the Shakers at age six by her parents along with eight siblings. The only member of the family to remain with the Shakers, Calver is best remembered as an educator. She became a teacher’s assistant, and then, at age 23, the teacher for the girls’ school. She is the author of Every-day Biographies, a collection of sketches of notable persons, including several leaders of various contemporary reform movements such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Emma Willard. The book was meant as a textbook or aid for teachers, students, Chautauquans, and those participating in “home circles” – self-improvement gatherings. She also managed eight beehives for the Shakers.
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.