We invite you to join us March 31 through April 2 for Hancock Explores! Hancock Shaker Village goes on the road to Doylestown, Pennsylvania, to celebrate the final stop of Gather Up the Fragments: The Andrews Shaker Collection at Mercer Museum. We’ve combined aspects of our popular Shaker Seminar as well as our Peer to Peer: A Collectors’ Forum to create an engaging weekend.

Mercer Museum is a fascinating back-drop for a weekend filled with talks, trivia, tours and time to share with Shaker collectors, scholars, and enthusiasts. The museum houses the collection of Henry Mercer, a lifelong Doylestown resident and archaeologist with a fascination for pre-industrial tools and technology. More than 40,000 objects—displayed throughout seven floors of this unique concrete structure—shed light on how objects were made.

In addition to our time at Mercer Museum, Hancock Explores includes a meet-and-greet with Jennifer Trainer Thompson, the new President and CEO of HSV; tours of the private collections of HSV Trustee Peter Smyrl and his wife Eloise and of Shaker and American folk art collectors Robert and Katharine Booth; and a visit to Ephrata Cloister, one of America’s earliest intentional religious communities.

Whether you are a Shaker collector, scholar, enthusiast—or all three!—Hancock Explores is an ideal opportunity for reconnecting with friends and experiencing the Shakers’ legacy in new ways.

Registration is limited to 25 people, so please register early:  the deadline is February 22. Click here for a schedule, lodging & registration information, and a registration form.

To be considered as a speaker or presenter:

submit a one-page abstract to Lesley Herzberg at lherzberg@hancockshakervillage.org.

This annual traveling exploration encourages presentations (often in Power Point and usually 45 minutes long with 15 minutes for questions) that use original research, especially primary or underused resources (letters and diaries, newspaper accounts, portraits, prints and photographs, business records, museum collections and autobiographies). Many presenters receive a small stipend.

Watch Carol Medlicott’s talk on Shaker Music.

Watch Christian Goodwillie’s talk on the Andrews Collection