Dodgson, Anna (1818-1897)

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Sister Anna Dodgson, or Dodson, was one of a group (along with her parents Deborah and John) who joined the Shakers after the failure of the short-lived community at Valley Forge, PA (as was Brother George Wickersham). She was admitted to Mount Lebanon's Church Family in 1828 and lived there the rest of her life. She worked in various capacities including making bonnets and baskets, was a teacher and caretaker of girls, and a deaconess for fifteen to twenty years. As part of the latter occupation, she kept a series of journals which document the daily activities and work of the members of the Church Family, and comprises a record of events. She also received gift songs and wrote music, poetry, and essays published in the Manifesto.



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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.