DeWitt, Henry (1805-1855)

Birth date
12/27/1805
Death date
02/08/1855
Biography

Brother Henry DeWitt came with his parents and four of his six siblings to Mount Lebanon in 1813. As a boy, he made nails in the blacksmith shop and then worked as a shoemaker before becoming a woodworker. He made spinning wheels, clock reels, and at least one floor loom (now in the collection of Hancock Shaker Village). He also produced smaller wood objects such as "clothespins" (pegs), bobbins, and drawer pulls, as well as a set of woodworking planes made with Brother David Rowley. He made some pieces of furniture, but worked a great deal at repairing and modifying existing pieces; he wrote in his journal about adding rockers to chairs, and lowering other pieces. He also worked as a bookbinder. He kept a journal from 1827 until just before his death, which documents his many and varied accomplishments in woodworking, and wrote several volumes of music (all now in the collection of the Western Reserve Historical Society).

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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.