Shaker Seminar is a multi-day program of enlightening lectures related to Shaker history, material culture, and arts and music. Held at a different Shaker site each summer, the seminar provides the opportunity to explore a variety of topics. Past presentations include talks on utopian and intentional communities, African American Shakers, the Shaker West, Shaker government structure, correspondence among Shaker communities, the impact of the railroads on Shaker life, adoption of children, impressions of Shakers in popular culture, archaeological finds and their consequences, and many others. The Seminar 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.
To be considered as a speaker or presenter, submit a one-page abstract to Lesley Herzberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shaker Seminar 2016 will be held Wednesday, July 27, through Sunday, July 31, 2016, in Pleasant Hill, Kentucky, and in nearby South Union, Kentucky. Download the following documents to register.
Shaker Seminar encourages attendees to sell or trade books, artifacts, T-shirts, and other Shaker-related items — a great way to trade rare or obscure materials.
Watch Carol Medlicott’s talk on Shaker Music.
Watch Christian Goodwillie’s talk on the Andrews Collection