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Trip hammers revisited
In 2016 the Museum published a blog post about a trip hammer built by the Church Family Shakers in 1847 to be used in their new blacksmiths’ workshop. The new trip hammer was an industrial size machine with the capability to shape hot metal of any size the Shaker might n...
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Roll n book, the lord god of heaven.
A Holy, Sacred and Divine Roll and Book; from the Lord God of Heaven, to the Inhabitants of Earth: Revealed in the United Society New Lebanon, County of Columbia, State of New-York, United States of America 
In the early spring of 1843, the attention of the Shaker Ministry in New Lebanon, New York, was “called to an extraordinary communication from the spiritual world; a Sacred Roll, being then written.” This spiritual communication, unlike many others that were being recorded in...
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Shane Rothe

Curatorial Associate

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.