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This is a picture of Lacy Schutz, the new executive director of the Shaker Museum Mount Lebanon.
Shaker Museum Mount Lebanon

The Shaker Museum Mount Lebanon in Columbia County has named an executive director with experience working in the region. Lacy Schutz will be responsible for overseeing a National Historic Landmark and 56,000-item collection starting in February. A native of Lincoln, Nebraska Schutz studied at Bennington College and worked at The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Jim Levulis spoke with Schutz about her new role.

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The president of the Shaker Museum in New Lebanon has resigned after eight years with the organization.


  We are very happy to continue our regular feature – Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities.

Today we'll be talking with David Stocks, the President of the Shaker Museum in Mount Lebanon, New York.

The Shaker Museum is the premier site for collecting and exhibiting Shaker artifacts and for educating New Yorkers about the history and culture of the Shakers. The museum currently has a number of major exhibitions ongoing, as well as new publications forthcoming on Shaker art and design.

New York State Museum

    The New York State Museum, in collaboration with the Shaker Museum in Mount Lebanon, Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, and the Shaker Heritage Society in Albany, as well as the State Library and State Archives, will present a major exhibition, The Shakers: America’s Quiet Revolutionaries, detailing one of the most significant and influential communal religious groups in American History.

Artifacts from these preeminent Shaker collections will be exhibited together for the first time at the New York State Museum and the exhibition opens tomorrow, November 15th.

    Rachel Urquhart's debut novel, The Visionist, is based in real life: the Visionists were young Shaker girls who began to suffer mysterious fits, thought to be in communication with the spirit world.

The Visionist tells the story of 15-year old Polly Kimball who kills her abusive father in a fire. Her mother leads them to seek shelter in The City of Hope, a nearby shaker Settlement. She is anointed a visionist upon her arrival, where she is - by turns - worshipped and questioned.

Hancock Shaker Village's operations and marketing director, Laura Wolf, and their collections manager and curator, Lesley Herzberg, join us in Studio A to talk about this season at HSV and their new exhibition, A Promising Venture: Shaker Photographs from the WPA.