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Shaker Seminar


Shaker Seminar 2015 will be held Wednesday, July 22 through Sunday, July 26, 2015, in Albany, NY.  Register now!

2015 Registration form

Seminar Letter February 2015

Shaker Seminar 2015 Tentative Schedule

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.

To be considered as a speaker or presenter for Shaker Seminar 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