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Shaker Seminar

40th-Annual Shaker Seminar

July 23-27, 2014 at Sabbathday Lake, Maine

Shaker Seminar Welcome letter 2014
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Calendar of Events Shaker Seminar 2014
Contact Lesley Herzberg at 413.443.0188 x 244 or Todd Burdick at 413.443.0188 x 216 with questions.



Each year, the seminar features a number of enlightening lectures on various topics related to the Shakers and their history, material culture, arts and music. Priority is given to Shaker-themed presentations, however themes around utopian and intentional communities will also be considered. Topics of interest might include but are not limited to:  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, or archaeological finds and their consequences. We encourage presentations that reflect original research, especially those based on primary or underused resources such as letters and diaries, newspaper accounts, portraits, prints and photographs, business records, museum collections and autobiographies.

  • Presentations typically last for no more than 45 minutes, with an additional 15 minutes for questions.
  • If your talk will be accompanied by a Power Point presentation, the digital file must be submitted at least one week prior to the start of seminar.
  • Presenters receive a small stipend.


We are seeking proposals for Shaker Seminar 2014. If you are interested in being considered as a speaker/presenter, please submit a one (1) page prospectus or abstract to Lesley Herzberg at lherzberg@hancockshakervillage.org.

Shaker Seminar also features the traditional Shaker trading session where attendees are encouraged to bring along books, artifacts, t-shirts, and whatever else they may have to sell or trade. This is a great way to acquire obscure published materials about the Shakers that are largely unavailable otherwise.

Carol Medlicott speaks about Shaker Music.

Christian Goodwillie speaks about the Andrews Collection