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Shaker Museum


The Shakers believe society could be perfected and the earth turned into paradise. Help us tell their story.

Draw the cords of Union stronger. Wind and bind them around each other, ‘till you feel their love and blessing.”

Shaker gift song titled, “Little Children,” Pleasant Hill, KY


Join our community and help preserve a collection of over 56,000 artifacts created and used by one of the most iconic Utopian communities in American history, as well as the historic Mount Lebanon site, the first organized site of Shakerism.


That which has in itself the highest use possesses the greatest beauty.

Brother William H. Bussell, Groveland, NY


Volunteers offer invaluable support to the museum. Tasks range from ground maintenance, historic building repair, event setup, flyer distribution, artifact cleaning, working in the library, and more.

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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.