Sexton, Dolly (1776-1884)

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Sister Dolly Sexton was admitted to the Shakers in 1781. She lived at the East Family until its dissolution in 1872, and then moved to the Church Family. She enjoyed a remarkably long and productive life. At the age of 96, it was recorded that she "shelled all the beans... for 6 past weeks," and carded raccoon fur for several days at the age of 102. By 1880, she was living in what was called "the Cottage" (perhaps Ann Lee Cottage?), and Sister Eleanor Potter was her caretaker. She died a few days before she would have turned 108.


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Shane Rothe

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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.