shakers

The site of the first U.S. settlement of the Shaker Christian sect and a crumbling Erie Canal aqueduct are among some of New York's most endangered places, according to a statewide preservation group.  The Preservation League of New York State on Tuesday released its "Seven to Save" designees for 2018-2019.

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It may not feel like spring has sprung – but it is nearly time for a major regional spring event: Baby Animals at Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

On April 14, Hancock Shaker Village will begin welcoming visitors to visit their newly restored silos, Dairy Ell, and Round Stone Barn – which will be full of lambs, piglets, calves, chicks, and kids through May 6.

We are joined by Hancock Shaker Village’s Director of Facilities and Farm Billy Mangiardi and Director of Education Cindy Dickinson.

Stone barn at Hancock Shaker Village
Sarah LaDuke

Hancock Shaker Village is a living history museum - marrying past and present, proving with every addition to its programming that it is becoming a vibrant, new center for ideas, music, art, food, outdoor activities, and adventure.

The Village, which was settled in 1783, became a museum in 1960, just one year after the last Shakers left. Contained within its 20 historic buildings and 750 acres that sprawl across three towns is the only round Shaker barn in the world that was built in 1826. 

Jennifer Trainer Thompson, who spent the last 28 years helping to co-found and develop MASS MoCA in the Berkshires, took over as president of Hancock Shaker Village in January 2017. Jennifer joins us along with the village’s curator Lesley Herzberg and farmer Billy Mangiardi. 

The Shaker Heritage Society in Albany, NY is a non-profit organization that offers award-winning educational programming about the Shakers, their innovative spirit and their influence on American culture. The Society is actively concerned with preserving the integrity of the Watervliet Shaker National Historic District, site of America’s first Shaker settlement.

The Shaker Heritage Society will host a 40th Anniversary Celebration -- “Shaker Your Plate” on September 21st.

Here to tell us about that and more we welcome Starlyn D'Angelo, Executive Director of Shaker Heritage Society and board member and Chair of our Development Committee, Pilar Arthur Snead. 

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, Hudson River Bank and Trust Foundation, and private donations, Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon is celebrating that important anniversary with its newest exhibition, Break Every Yoke: Shakers, gender equality, and women’s suffrage. The exhibition is on view in the historic 1829 Brethren’s Workshop via guided tour through October 9.

The exhibition draws on more than 75 artifacts from Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon’s collections and we went there recently to discuss the exhibition with Shaker Museum Executive Director Lacy Schutz.