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Frances McDormand Performs in New Lebanon, NY at Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon’s Annual Fundraising Gala
Mount Lebanon Annual Fundraising Gala Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon held its annual fundraising gala on August 19 at the historic Shaker site in New Lebanon, NY. The guests of honor at the event were Academy Award winning actress Frances McDormand and members of The Wooster Group Kate Valk and Suzzy...
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Mount Lebanon hires Director of Advancement
Mount Lebanon hires Director of Advancement Malone Jackson joined the museum in this newly created position as of August 1, after serving for several months as a consultant. In her new position, Malone Jackson will work closely with the Executive Director and the Development Committee to enhance the...
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WAMC Coverage of Break Every Yoke: Shakers, Gender Equality, And Women’s Suffrage At Shaker Museum Mount Lebanon
WAMC Coverage of Break Every Yoke Shakers, Gender Equality, And Women Suffrage At Shaker Museum Mount Lebanon In 1917, New York State was one of the first to grant women the right to vote. With the support of a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Hudson River Bank and Trust Foundation,...
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Mount Lebanon opens exhibition examining the Shakers, gender equality, and women's suffrage
Mount Lebanon opens exhibition examining the Shakers, gender equality, and women’s suffrage On Friday, June 16, Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon celebrated the opening of the historic Shaker village and the exhibition Break Every Yoke: Shakers, gender equality, and women’s suffrage. Funded by the N...
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Mount Lebanon welcomes four new trustees to its board of directors
  Susan Henshaw Jones On Saturday, May 13, the Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon board of directors elected four new members to its ranks: Susan Henshaw Jones, Martha McMaster, Toby Rose, and John Schobel. Jones retired in 2015 from the Museum of the City of New York, where she’d been the Ronay Menschel D...
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Shaker Museum presents the work of Caitlin MacBride in pop-up exhibition "Palm to Poplar" through 4/28 in Kinderhook
Shaker Museum’s first pop-up exhibition of 2024 is entitled “Palm to Poplar: Devotional Labor.” It is an exhibition of original paintings by Caitlin MacBride currently on view in a gallery at Kinderhook Knitting Mill in Kinderhook, New York through April 28. “Palm to Poplar” showcases MacBride’s paintings o...
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Three exhibits at Kinderhook Knitting Mill explore transcendence, materiality
Even as far as American religious sects are concerned, the United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing, better known as the Shakers, are an intriguing lot.
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New Home Planned for Shaker Museum’s Library, Archives and Admin Office
Shaker Museum will open a new library, archive, and administrative facility at 29 Jones Avenue in Chatham, Columbia County, NY, thanks to a donation from longtime Shaker Museum supporter Jack Shear. Shear’s gift includes the property as well as the cost to renovate the building, representing a $1.6 m...
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Caitlin MacBride's "Palm to Poplar: Devotional Labor"
Since its founding in 1747 in Manchester, England, the egalitarian spirit of the Shaker sect has espoused an "equality of the sexes" model that supports women in spiritual leadership roles. The progressive nature of the Shaker worldview can be admired for its equity, and artist Caitlin MacBride's Shaker-inspired...
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5 Shows to See in Upstate New York This February
Hudson-based artist Caitlin MacBride explores the intermingling of creed, labor, and desire through her painterly examination of classic Shaker material culture. A pop-up show at the Kinderhook Knitting Mill presented by the Shaker Museum showcases her richly painted canvases of stoic objects such as...
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The Radical Director Shaking Things Up in the Museum World
Lacy Schutz, executive director of the Shaker Museum in Chatham, New York, has spent much of her working life preserving hidden pieces of history and making them accessible to the general public. Schutz had what she terms “a little bit of an unusual path” into the museum world: having completed masters deg...
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WGXC Afternoon Show: Shaker Show
Tune in during the 4 p.m. hour for the debut of the new recurring segment “Shaker Show” with Sarah Van Buren, Dana Rasso, and Jerry Grant of Shaker Museum, interviewed by Tom Roe live from the WGXC Hudson studio. The inaugural “Shaker Show” will guide listeners through the history...
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hettler.tüllmann: The Alchemy of Re.Use
When you make a product by hand, it automatically has a story. The fact that you have chosen to invest your time, energy, and skill to produce something means there has to be a deeper purpose to the object. This is clearly evidenced in “The Alchemy of Re.Use” – a new exhibition at the Kinderhook Knitt...
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The designer behind Bode curates an exhibition on Shaker knitwear’s influence on American style
The provenance-soaked approach of fashion designer Emily Adams Bode Aujla takes new shape with ‘The Commercialisation of Shaker Knits’, an exhibition for the Shaker Museum that traces the development of knitting from the late 19th century to the present day, curated by Bode Aujla and currently on vie...
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SACRED SPACE: THE SHAKER MUSEUM'S NEW FUTURE OFFERS OPPORTUNITIES
In July, I joined a small group for a tour of the collection of the Shaker Museum in Old Chatham, New York, where we meandered among metal shelves filled with thousands of wooden boxes and benches, baskets and tables, brooms and bureaus, chests and ladder-back chairs, all meticulously catalogued and...
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8 IDEAS TO BORROW FROM THE SHAKER-INSPIRED COMMERCE INN IN NYC
Between them chefs Jody Williams and Rita Sodi own five restaurants, all within blocks of each other in NYC’s West Village. The couple’s interests extend beyond the culinary—in addition to getting every bite just right (their trattoria Via Carota is the Remodelista go-to for celebrations of every sort)...
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Built to Last
AS THE SHAKER MUSEUM GETS A MODERN MAKEOVER, THE INSTITUTIONS’ NEW ARTIST-LED MAKERS’ CIRCLE WEIGHS IN ON THE EVOLVING INFLUENCE OF SHAKER STYLE TODAY. Arriving in the United States around 1774, the Shakers were a Utopian sect who created a distinctly new design vernacular. Prioritizing function abo...
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A New Set of Tastemakers Finds Inspiration in Shakers
In August of 1774, eight intrepid Shakers landed in Manhattan from Manchester, England, in search of a home where they could practice their fledgling religion in peace. Nearly two and half centuries later, their presence has returned to the borough; specifically, to a storybook stretch of Commerce Street...
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Designers Are Revisiting Shaker Style—And We’re Here for It
At a buzzy restaurant in New York’s West Village, a chalkboard specials menu hangs from a peg rail, pew-shaped wooden booths offer cozy seating near a zinc-topped bar, and a generous, spindle-backed banquette wraps around the dining room. Purity of form reigns here at The Commerce Inn, the latest hot t...
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This radical religious sect had an outsize impact on American culture
When the Shakers arrived in New York City in 1774, their particular blend of English heritage, industriousness, and devout Christian worship immediately branded the religious sect as outsiders. Read the full article in National Geographic here.
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Shaker Museum wants the circle unbroken
CHATHAM, N.Y. – Imagine if every single object in your home was exquisitely crafted, aesthetically pleasing and worked perfectly, from your kitchen utensils to your reading lamps. That ideal world of beauty and functionality was what the Shakers…set out to build 250 years ago. Read the full...
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Financial Times: Whole lotta Shaker goin’ on — a furniture revival
CHATHAM, N.Y. – They invented the flat broom, the circular saw and a wheel-driven washing machine. A new museum will celebrate their contribution to seed banking and racial and gender parity too. Meet the Shakers. Read the full article in the Financial Times here.
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Selldorf unveils plans for a remade Shaker Museum campus in Upstate New York
Plans for the new home of Upstate New York’s Shaker Museum have been unveiled this week, offering the public a glimpse at the multimillion-dollar makeover that has given new life to a restored former Hudson Valley hotel. Selldorf Architects is responsible for the effort which will add some much-needed sh...
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The Shaker Museum reveals its Selldorf Architects-designed new home in Chatham, New York
New York’s Shaker Museum has revealed renderings of its forthcoming $18 million permanent home in the Hudson Valley village of Chatham. Once complete, the museum will house an expansive collection of objects, archival materials, and, of course, furniture, associated with the United Society of Believ...
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The New York Times: The Shakers Are Movers, Too
CHATHAM, N.Y. — In an earlier life, the moribund red brick Victorian at the foot of Main Street in this thriving Columbia County village had been a sanitarium, a hotel and tavern, a furniture store and an auto dealership. These were the warm-up acts for its latest incarnation: a permanent new home f...
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Village planners applaud museum plan
CHATHAM—The Shaker Museum presented plans to the Village Planning Board for the museum’s new site at 5 Austerlitz Street at an online meeting Monday, January 25. “If I had to vote right now, I’d vote yes,” said Planning Board Chair Dan Herrick of the designs for the brick building near the traffic c...
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Bonnetcore: Designer Katie Stout Curates a Selection of Shaker Craft
Irreverent young design star Katie Stout has pulled yet another unexpected rabbit out of her proverbial hat. She has curated a show, not of contemporary design, but of Shaker craft, in partnership with the Shaker Museum, at their temporary exhibition space in downtown Chatham, New York. Fringe Selects is a...
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Tang exhibit features two communities of art
For his new show at the Tang Museum, “Energy in All Directions,” curator and director Ian Berry has woven together objects, artwork, communities and organizations like the tightly laced spokes of a Shaker basket. At its most tangible level, the show juxtaposes pieces from the collection of the Shaker Mus...
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Selldorf Architects Transforms Structure in Chatham, New York, for Shaker Museum Expansion
Earlier this year, directors of the Shaker Museum—founded by John S. Williams 70 years ago in Old Chatham, New York, to showcase furnishings and objects made by the Christian sect—acquired a nearby building that soon will house their collection of more than 18,000 artifacts, marking the most dynamic expa...
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A New Shaker Museum Will Be the Inclusive Space Our Post-2020 World Needs
Shaker-style furniture has long been celebrated by design lovers for its lean, sparing lines and uncompromising simplicity. Perhaps less known to these same design buffs are the ideals of inclusion and fairness to which the Shakers—members of a religious sect who traveled from England to the American N...
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Selldorf Architects to design new home for Shaker Museum furniture and artifacts
The Shaker Museum in Upstate New York has selected Selldorf Architects to design a permanent home for its collection of artifacts from the Shakers, a utopian community best known today for its minimalist furniture. Read the full article in The Architect’s Newspaper. 
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Shaker artefacts will get a new home in upstate New York
The Shaker Museum in Chatham, New York, devoted to the culture of the mostly extinct religious sect, has launched a $15m effort to create a 30,000 sq. ft building for its collection, which spans more than 18,000 objects and archival materials. Read the full article in The Art Newspaper.
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Shaker Museum creating $15M new home for collection
CHATHAM — The Shaker Museum is creating a $15 million permanent home for the 18,000 objects in a collection described as the world’s most comprehensive holdings of Shaker objects and archives. Read the full article in the Times Union.
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Shaker Museum To Expand To New Building In Downtown Chatham
The Shaker Museum announced Monday that it has acquired a four-floor, 30,000-square foot building in downtown Chatham, New York. The museum owns and manages the Shaker Village at Mount Lebanon. Now, it will have its first space to display 18,000 archival pieces that explore life inside the utopian Protestant...
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Ralph Gardner Jr: I'm Honored
Ralph Gardner, Jr., a journalist and WAMC commentator, talks about his experience being an honoree at the Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon’s annual benefit. Listen here.
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Artnet News selects Granary by Amie Cunat as something not to miss in NY
From Artnet News: The Shakers, a 19th-century Christian religious sect known for its furniture design and craftsmanship, has become a major influence on Amie Cunat, who last year transformed VICTORI + MO into a brightly colored meetinghouse based on historic Shaker artifacts. This time around, she’s b...
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Ralph Gardner Jr: Labor Is A Form Of Worship
WAMC commentator Ralph Gardner, Jr. talks about the Shakers and a recent exhibition of Shaker baskets from Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon at the Columbia County Historical Society.
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SHAKER MUSEUM TO OPEN LIBRARY, ARCHIVES, AND ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES ON JONES AVENUE IN CHATHAM, NY
Shaker Museum, which stewards the most comprehensive collection of Shaker material culture and archives, announced today that it will open a new library, archives and administrative facility at 29 Jones Avenue in Chatham, New York. The property and the costs to completely renovate the building were donated...
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SHAKER MUSEUM ELECTS FIVE NEW TRUSTEES TO ITS BOARD
Shaker Museum, which stewards the most comprehensive collection of Shaker material culture and archives, announced today the appointment of Carl Fischer, John Frishkopf, James Kocis, Phil Meeks and Jeremy Stynes to its Board of Trustees.
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PALM TO POPLAR: CAITLIN MACBRIDE EXHIBITION AT SHAKER MUSEUM POP-UP IN KINDERHOOK
Shaker Museum announces its first 2024 exhibition, Palm to Poplar: Devotional Labor, coming to the pop-up gallery at the Kinderhook Knitting Mill. This exhibition, featuring the work of artist and educator Caitlin MacBride, will run from Saturday, February 3, through Sunday, April 28, 2024. 
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HETTLER.TÜLLMANN CURATES THE ALCHEMY OF RE.USE FOR SHAKER MUSEUM
Shaker Museum, which stewards the most comprehensive collection of Shaker material culture and archives, announced today that its latest exhibition — The Alchemy of Re.Use — will debut Saturday, September 30, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, at the Kinderhook Knitting Mill in Kinderhook, NY. The Alchemy of Re....
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EMILY ADAMS BODE AUJLA CURATES THE COMMERCIALIZATION OF SHAKER KNITS FOR SHAKER MUSEUM
Shaker Museum, which stewards the most comprehensive collection of Shaker material culture and archives, announced today that its latest exhibition – The Commercialization of Shaker Knits – will debut Friday, June 16th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at the Kinderhook Knitting Mill in Kinderhook, NY. Curated by...
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SHAKER MUSEUM AND PAMELA SALISBURY GALLERY LAUNCH “SHAKER MUSEUM BENEFIT BOX PROJECT”
Shaker Museum, which stewards the most comprehensive collection of Shaker material culture and archives, and Pamela Salisbury Gallery, a prominent contemporary art gallery in Hudson, New York, today announced the launch of the “Shaker Museum Benefit Box Project.” The year-long initiative engages con...
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SHAKER MUSEUM PRESENTS “INSCRIBED” AT THE KINDERHOOK KNITTING MILL
CHATHAM, NEW YORK, MARCH 14, 2023 – Shaker Museum, which stewards the most comprehensive collection of Shaker material culture and archives, announced today that its latest exhibition – Inscribed – will debut Friday, March 17th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at the Kinderhook Knitting Mill in Kinderhook, NY. W...
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SHAKER MUSEUM PRESENTS “SHADES OF SHAKER” AT THE KINDERHOOK KNITTING MILL
CHATHAM, NEW YORK, November 21, 2022 – Shaker Museum, which stewards the most comprehensive collection of Shaker material culture and archives, announced today that its latest exhibition – Shades of Shaker – will debut Saturday, December 3rd at the Kinderhook Knitting Mill in Kinderhook, NY. With more...
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SHAKER MUSEUM ANNOUNCES ANNUAL SUMMER SERIES OF SOCIAL EVENTS AND TOURS TO BE HELD THROUGHOUT COLUMBIA COUNTY
Shaker Museum, which stewards the world’s most comprehensive collection of Shaker material culture and archives, announced today its Summer Series 2022 line-up of community events, educational programing, and tours to be held throughout Columbia County in the Hudson Valley. Over a dozen in-person events w...
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SHAKER MUSEUM NAMES J. D. WEINBERG AND KENNETH KRAMER TO BOARD OF TRUSTEES
CHATHAM, NEW YORK. MARCH 10, 2022 – Shaker Museum, which stewards the most comprehensive collection of Shaker material culture and archives, announced today the appointment of J. D. Weinberg and Kenneth Kramer to its Board of Trustees. Shaker Museum’s Board of Trustees now has sixteen members. Both new...
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Shaker Museum Receives $1,100,000 Gift From the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation For Its New Facility in Chatham, NY
CHATHAM, NEW YORK. February 8, 2022 – Shaker Museum, which stewards the most comprehensive collection of Shaker material culture and archives, announced today that the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation has generously made a $1 million dollar gift to support the construction of the museum’s new home in Chatham, NY....
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SHAKER MUSEUM ANNOUNCES ITS INAUGURAL MAKERS' CIRCLE
CHATHAM, NEW YORK. November 16, 2021 – Shaker Museum, which stewards the world’s most comprehensive collection of Shaker material culture and archives, announced today the members of its inaugural Makers’ Circle. Members of the new advisory group include Emily Adams Bode, Ini Archibong, Nacho Carbonell, gt2P...
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SHAKER MUSEUM NAMES MATTHEW MALIN TO BOARD OF TRUSTEES
CHATHAM, NEW YORK. AUGUST 9, 2021 – Shaker Museum, which stewards the most comprehensive collection of Shaker material culture and archives, announced today the appointment of Matthew Malin to its Board of Trustees. Shaker Museum’s Board of Trustees now has seventeen members. Malin, who has extensive exp...
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PUBLIC NOTICE: Regarding the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Section 106 Review of Building a New Shaker Museum
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has offered the Shaker Museum and Library a grant to construct a construct and outfit a climate-controlled collections storage facility in its new museum building. NEH is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting...
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SHAKER MUSEUM PRESENTS “THE FUTURE IS A GIFT” -- AN EXHBITION OF ICONIC SHAKER OBJECTS AND A PREVIEW OF THE MUSEUM’S NEW PERMANENT HOME
CHATHAM, NEW YORK, June 23, 2021 – Shaker Museum, which stewards the most comprehensive collection of Shaker material culture and archives, announced today its latest exhibition The Future is a Gift. Giving a glimpse of what’s to come to Chatham, NY, the exhibition showcases some of the most iconic pie...
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Shaker Museum Appoints Lael Locke to Board of Trustees
CHATHAM, NEW YORK. May 20, 2021 — Shaker Museum announced today the election of Lael Locke to its Board of Trustees. Locke is a respected, longtime member of the community having served seven terms as an elected official in the Village of Chatham. In addition, she was a co-founder of the Chatham Business A...
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SHAKER MUSEUM NAMES LINDSAY TURLEY CHIEF DONOR RELATIONS OFFICER
CHATHAM, NEW YORK, April 12, 2021 – Shaker Museum, which stewards the most comprehensive collection of Shaker material culture and archives, announced today that Lindsay Turley joined the museum staff as Chief Donor Relations Officer. In this new role, Turley will work closely with the Museum’s Leadership Tea...
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SHAKER MUSEUM AWARDED GRANT OF $230,000 FROM THE HENRY LUCE FOUNDATION
CHATHAM, NEW YORK, April 06, 2021 – Shaker Museum, which stewards the most comprehensive collection of Shaker material culture and archives, announced today that it has been awarded a two-year grant of $230,000 from the Henry Luce Foundation. The grant is for the inaugural permanent collection installation, S...
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Shaker Museum invites the public to participate in a snowshoe adventure
CHATHAM, NEW YORK, January 25, 2021 – Shaker Museum invites the public to participate in a Snowshoe Adventure starting from the Great Stone Barn at the historic Mount Lebanon site in New Lebanon, NY on Saturday, February 20 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Read full press release.
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Shaker Museum invites the public to participate in a community engagement project, “Call for Woodwork: In Union, Remotely"
CHATHAM, NEW YORK, January 6, 2021 – Shaker Museum invites the public to participate in a community engagement project, “Call for Woodwork: In Union, Remotely,” by creating and submitting woodwork pieces for this online showcase. All submissions should draw inspiration from the Shakers’ values or way...
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SHAKER MUSEUM AWARDED $550,000 GRANT FROM THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES
CHATHAM, NEW YORK, December 16, 2020 – Shaker Museum, which stewards the most comprehensive collection of Shaker material culture and archives, announced today that it has been awarded a $550,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge G...
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Shaker Museum Presents Fringe Selects, a Curation of Shaker Objects by Katie Stout
Shaker Museum announced its latest exhibition Fringe Selects in collaboration with artist/designer Katie Stout opening on December 11, 2020. Through a selection of Shaker material chosen by Stout from the Museum’s permanent collection, the exhibition explores the breadth of Shaker objects by taking a...
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Shaker Museum Appoints Robert Fuller to Board of Trustees
Shaker Museum announced today the election of Robert Fuller, Group Director of Visual Merchandising for Chanel’s corporate U.S. market, to Shaker Museum’s Board of Trustees. Read the full press release.
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Shaker Museum Taps Selldorf Architects
Shaker Museum today announced that it has selected Selldorf Architects to create its new permanent facility in downtown Chatham, New York to exhibit its comprehensive collection of more than 18,000 pieces of Shaker material culture and accompanying archives. Like the objects themselves, the physical...
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Shaker Museum to open a temporary exhibition entitled Shakers: In Community
(OLD CHATHAM, NY) July 7, 2020 – On July 17, the Shaker Museum will open a temporary exhibition entitled Shakers: In Community at 17 Main Street in Chatham, NY. Through an array of photographs, furniture, prints, apparel as well as other objects in the permanent collection of Shaker Museum, this pop-up e...
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Shaker Museum Receives Six Looms in the 2020 Schacht Tools for Schools Grant
(OLD CHATHAM, NY) June 8, 2020 – Shaker Museum received a 2020 Schacht Tools for Schools Grant from the Schacht Spindle Company. One of two grants awarded from 39 applications, this grant awards the museum six 10-inch cricket looms, which will be used in future programs. Read the full press release.
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Shaker Museum’s virtual Annual Benefit Gala to honor Lacey Schwartz Delgado and Alan Cumming
(OLD CHATHAM, NY) June 1, 2020 – On August 1, 2020, Shaker Museum will hold its first ever virtual Annual Benefit Gala. The theme of this year’s Gala is inclusion and the Museum’s honorees, Lacey Schwartz Delgado and Alan Cumming, are individuals whose work embodies and promotes inclusion. R...
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Call for Art: In Union, Remotely
(OLD CHATHAM, NY) May 6, 2020 – Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon invites the public to participate in a community engagement project, “Call for Art: In Union, Remotely,” with artwork in a variety of mediums which must be submitted digitally. All submissions should draw inspiration from the Shakers’ value...
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Joseph Kusnick Joins Shaker Museum Board
(OLD CHATHAM, NY) March 4, 2020 – Joseph Kusnick, founding Principal of A E Greyson & Company, a high end residential construction company in New York City, was unanimously elected to the Shaker Museum’s Board of Trustees on February 8. Read the full press release.
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Shaker Museum Purchases Building in Chatham, NY and Receives $1.569 Million Grant from New York State
(OLD CHATHAM, NY) February 4, 2020 – The Shaker Museum purchased the empty building at 5 Austerlitz Street in Chatham, NY last month, and received a $1,569,000 grant from Empire State Development through New York State’s Regional Economic Development Councils (REDC) initiative to support a project tha...
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Basket Weaving Workshop with Wendy G. Jensen
Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon invites the public to join a Basket Weaving Workshop with professional basket maker Wendy G. Jensen, held at Drop Forge & Tool, located at 442 Warren Street in Hudson, NY, on Saturday, February 8, 2020, between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM. In this one-day workshop, each participant...
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John Campbell and Kathy Weiser Elected to the Board of Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon
The trustees of Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon unanimously elected John Campbell and Kathy Weiser to the Board on Saturday, November 16. Read the full press release.
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Bach and Country Music at Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon
Mount Lebanon Residency presents “Hearts to God; An Evening of Baroque Country Music” on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 5 p.m. The performance will take place in the Wash House building at Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon in New Lebanon, N.Y. All are welcome to attend. Read the full press release.
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Bird Species Search at Historic Mount Lebanon Shaker Site
Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon and the Alan Devoe Bird Club invite the public to search for up to 100 species of birds currently in residence at the Mount Lebanon historic site. A series of free bird walks will be held on the museum’s recently constructed North Pasture Trails from September 2019 through t...
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Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon and The Warm Ewe Offer a Series of Free Knitting Workshops
Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon and The Warm Ewe invite the public to join a series of free knitting workshops offered on September 7, 21, and 28, between 2pm and 4pm.
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Mary Gail Biebel Elected to Board of Trustees of Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon
The Trustees of Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon unanimously elected Mary Gail Biebel to the Board and to the office of Treasurer on Saturday, August 3. Biebel has been involved with the Shaker Museum for many years in a pro bono consulting capacity, most recently assisting the organization to draft its...
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Henry Luce Foundation Awards Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon $25,000 Grant to Support Collections Review
Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon has received a $25,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to support a comprehensive review of its collections. This grant follows on the tail of a $750,000 grant the Museum received from the Luce Foundation in 2016 to support a two and a half year project to catalog and...
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Granary, a solo exhibition by artist Amie Cunat
Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon is pleased to present Granary, a solo exhibition by resident artist Amie Cunat, on view from June 22 – October 14, 2019. For her installation at the Mount Lebanon historic site, Cunat reimagines the Granary’s historic function by reconstructing its storage structures and...
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Quiet March to a Warring Song, a Shaker-influenced group art exhibition
Shaker Museum Mount Lebanon is pleased to present Quiet March to a Warring Song, a group exhibition curated by resident artist Amie Cunat. The show will be on view Fridays through Mondays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm in the Shaker Forge at the museum’s historic Mount Lebanon site in New Lebanon, NY from M...
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Shaker Museum Annual Benefit Gala to Honor Local Community Builders Brenda Adams, Ralph Gardner, Jr., and Sarah Steadman
At its 2019 Annual Benefit Gala, Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon will honor three local individuals who are building community.
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Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon Launches New Website Offering Unprecedented Access to Its Collection
Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon has launched a new website that gives users worldwide free access to more than 15,000 objects and archival materials from its unparalleled collection documenting Shaker history and material culture. Read the full press release.
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Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon Receives Grant to Fund Artist’s Residency at Historic Shaker Site
Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon received a grant in the amount of $47,671 from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) to support an artist’s residency, exhibition, and arts programming for community members this summer at its historic Shaker site in New Lebanon, NY.
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Suzanne Heggie Werner joins Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon Board of Trustees
Suzanne Heggie Werner has joined the Board of Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon.
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Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon raises over $250,000 at annual gala
Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon held its annual fundraising gala on Saturday, August 18 at the historic Shaker site in New Lebanon, NY. The guests of honor at the event were Shaker scholars Jerry Van Grant and Sharon Duane Koomler, who were honored for their innumerable contributions to the study of the...
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Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon to partner with Fordham University
Fordham University in New York City has received a $50,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation’s Theology Program to fund a project that explores Shaker Art, Design, and Religion, in partnership with Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon. The grant is a companion to the $750,000 grant awarded by the Luce F...
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"Water and the Word", a Multimedia Driving Tour App
Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon has launched “Water and the Word”, a multimedia driving tour app of New Lebanon, NY. This 16-stop driving tour features the early history of New Lebanon when the hope of attaining personal and community perfection gripped not only the Shakers but also many of...
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Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon receives grant for landscape restoration at the historic Mount Lebanon site in New Lebanon, NY
Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon has received a $25,000 grant from the Tianaderrah Foundation to begin work restoring the cropland landscape in the North Pastures at the historic Shaker site at Mount Lebanon in New Lebanon, NY. Read the full press release here.
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Guided tours open for registration
Guided tours of The North Family begin June 2, 2018 About the North Family Mount Lebanon was the leading Shaker society in America for 160 years from its founding in 1787 through its closing in 1947, and the North Family was its face to the wider World, composed of some of the most progressive and public...
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Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon hosts Eileen Myles at Jeff Bailey Gallery
Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon  hosts Eileen Myles reading from their new book of poems Evolution at Jeff Bailey Gallery Saturday, October 27, 4:00 pm    This new collection of poems by Eileen Myles finds our game-changing writer keying lines in the euphoric style that the New York Times has calle...
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Mount Lebanon to honor Jerry Van Grant and Sharon Duane Koomler at Annual Benefit Gala
Click here to join the benefit committee or donate in lieu. Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon is honoring Shaker scholars Jerry Van Grant and Sharon Duane Koomler at our 2018 Annual Benefit. Grant and Koomler have been selected for this honor for their innumerable contributions to the study of the American...
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Line and Curve: The Ellsworth Kelly and Jack Shear Shaker Collection From Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon with Prints by Ellsworth Kelly
Mount Lebanon with Prints by Ellsworth Kelly Jeff Bailey Gallery and the Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon are pleased to present an exhibition of the Ellsworth Kelly and Jack Shear Shaker Collection with a selection of iconic Kelly prints from the 1960s through the 1980s.
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BEHOLD! New Lebanon Living Museum Transfers Its Programs To Historic Shaker Museum Site in Mount Lebanon
BEHOLD! New Lebanon Living Museum Transfers Its Programs To Historic Shaker Museum Site in Mount Lebanon. Behold! New Lebanon (BNL) and Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon today announced the absorption of BNL programming by the Shaker Museum. The combination takes place starting with the 2018 season. Read...
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Registration is open for summer Woodworking Workshop Series
Registration is open for summer Woodworking Workshop Series Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon is excited to announce its Woodworking Workshop Series. This series reflects the museum’s ongoing efforts to expand its events and programs and make available the art of the Shaker craft to our diverse community....
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Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon chooses Studio Analogous to design online collections website
In 2016 Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon received a $750,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to fund a wide-ranging project to bring its collections online. The Museum has retained the New York City based web design firm Studio Analogous to create a website that highlights the Museum’s unparalleled c...
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Enjoy a walk through the North Pasture Trail
The site may be closed for the season, but a newly restored trail has just been opened! Enjoy a morning stroll, afternoon run, or an evening walk through the meadow along the North Pasture trail past the gorgeous stone wall. Special thanks to Darrow School’s Hands-to-Work program, which “highlights...
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Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon receives $21,000 from Senator Kathy Marchione to support educational signage at historic site
Mount Lebanon receives 21000 from Senator Kathy Marchione to support educational signage at historic site Senator Kathy Marchione (R,C,I,Reform-Halfmoon), Chair of the Senate’s Local Government Committee, and Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon today jointly announced that Senator Marchione secured $21,000 i...
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Frances McDormand Performs in New Lebanon, NY at Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon’s Annual Fundraising Gala
Mount Lebanon Annual Fundraising Gala Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon held its annual fundraising gala on August 19 at the historic Shaker site in New Lebanon, NY. The guests of honor at the event were Academy Award winning actress Frances McDormand and members of The Wooster Group Kate Valk and Suzzy...
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Mount Lebanon hires Director of Advancement
Mount Lebanon hires Director of Advancement Malone Jackson joined the museum in this newly created position as of August 1, after serving for several months as a consultant. In her new position, Malone Jackson will work closely with the Executive Director and the Development Committee to enhance the...
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WAMC Coverage of Break Every Yoke: Shakers, Gender Equality, And Women’s Suffrage At Shaker Museum Mount Lebanon
WAMC Coverage of Break Every Yoke Shakers, Gender Equality, And Women Suffrage At Shaker Museum Mount Lebanon In 1917, New York State was one of the first to grant women the right to vote. With the support of a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Hudson River Bank and Trust Foundation,...
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Mount Lebanon opens exhibition examining the Shakers, gender equality, and women's suffrage
Mount Lebanon opens exhibition examining the Shakers, gender equality, and women’s suffrage On Friday, June 16, Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon celebrated the opening of the historic Shaker village and the exhibition Break Every Yoke: Shakers, gender equality, and women’s suffrage. Funded by the N...
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Mount Lebanon welcomes four new trustees to its board of directors
  Susan Henshaw Jones On Saturday, May 13, the Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon board of directors elected four new members to its ranks: Susan Henshaw Jones, Martha McMaster, Toby Rose, and John Schobel. Jones retired in 2015 from the Museum of the City of New York, where she’d been the Ronay Menschel D...
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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.