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More tales of the Shakers repurposing materials
Counter, Church Family, Canterbury, NH, 1850-1900, Shaker Museum: 1961.13182.1. John Mulligan, Photographer. When this counter was acquired from the Canterbury Shakers in the fall of 1961, the Shakers informed the Museum’s director that it had been used in an area where c...
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The Thomsonian System: The Shakers and herbal medicines
Shaker medical practice was eclectic. While they availed themselves of non-Shaker doctors when needed, they tried a number of other medical treatment modalities over the years.  They treated a variety of illnesses with “electric” medicine – the generation and application of stat...
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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.