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Shaker Seminar


The 40th-Annual Shaker Seminar was held July 23-27, 2014, at Sabbathday Lake, Maine.  Thanks to our excellent presenters and attendees for another outstanding program!

Location and dates of Shaker Seminar 2015 to be announced.

Shaker Seminar is a program of enlightening lectures related to the Shakers and their history, material culture, arts and music. Shaker-themed topics, including utopian and intentional communities, are given priority. Past presentations include African American Shakers, the Shaker West, government structure, Shaker correspondence with other communities, the impact of the railroads on Shaker life, adoption of children, impressions of Shakers in popular culture, and archaeological finds and their consequences.

The Seminar encourages presentations that use original research, especially primary or underused resources (letters and diaries, newspaper accounts, portraits, prints and photographs, business records, museum collections and autobiographies). Talks are often accompanied by a Power Point presentation and typically last 45 minutes, with 15 minutes for questions. Most presenters receive a small stipend.

If you would like to be considered to speak or present at Shaker Seminar in 2015, submit a one-page abstract to Lesley Herzberg at lherzberg@hancockshakervillage.org.

Shaker Seminar encourages attendees to sell or trade books, artifacts, t-shirts, and other Shaker-related items with each other. This is a great way to acquire obscure material about the Shakers largely unavailable otherwise.

Watch Carol Medlicott’s talk on Shaker Music.

Watch Christian Goodwillie’s talk on the Andrews Collection