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"Very many of our little conveniences": An ingenious quill winder
In a number of Shaker families a brother could be found whose occupation was identified as “mechanic.” These brothers had often been members of their community since childhood or their teen years. They had exposure to a number of trades as helpers or even apprentices and...
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A Shaker still
Shaker Museum’s neighbors on Shaker Museum Road in Old Chatham, NY, are establishing a rye whiskey distillery on the land and in buildings that once belonged to the museum’s founder John S. Williams, Sr. They are raising their own rye and will be distilling the...
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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.