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Stone barn at Hancock Shaker Village
Sarah LaDuke

Hancock Shaker Village is a living history museum - marrying past and present, proving with every addition to its programming that it is becoming a vibrant, new center for ideas, music, art, food, outdoor activities, and adventure.

The Village, which was settled in 1783, became a museum in 1960, just one year after the last Shakers left. Contained within its 20 historic buildings and 750 acres that sprawl across three towns is the only round Shaker barn in the world that was built in 1826. 

Jennifer Trainer Thompson, who spent the last 28 years helping to co-found and develop MASS MoCA in the Berkshires, took over as president of Hancock Shaker Village in January 2017. Jennifer joins us along with the village’s curator Lesley Herzberg and farmer Billy Mangiardi. 

Wesley Stace
Ebet Roberts

This Wednesday, October 11th, author/musician Wesley Stace, aka John Wesley Harding, will bring his Cabinet of Wonders revue to Club Helsinki Hudson in a program to benefit Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon. The show will feature musicians Tracy Bonham, Juliana Hatfield, Stephin Merritt and Suzzy Roche; novelist Charles Bock; author Daniel Mendelsohn; and comedian Dave Hill.

 

Wesley Stace joins us along with Executive Director of Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon, Lacy Shutz.

The Shaker Heritage Society in Albany, NY is a non-profit organization that offers award-winning educational programming about the Shakers, their innovative spirit and their influence on American culture. The Society is actively concerned with preserving the integrity of the Watervliet Shaker National Historic District, site of America’s first Shaker settlement.

The Shaker Heritage Society will host a 40th Anniversary Celebration -- “Shaker Your Plate” on September 21st.

Here to tell us about that and more we welcome Starlyn D'Angelo, Executive Director of Shaker Heritage Society and board member and Chair of our Development Committee, Pilar Arthur Snead. 

In 1917, New York State was one of the first to grant women the right to vote. With the support of a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, Hudson River Bank and Trust Foundation, and private donations, Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon is celebrating that important anniversary with its newest exhibition, Break Every Yoke: Shakers, gender equality, and women’s suffrage. The exhibition is on view in the historic 1829 Brethren’s Workshop via guided tour through October 9.

The exhibition draws on more than 75 artifacts from Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon’s collections and we went there recently to discuss the exhibition with Shaker Museum Executive Director Lacy Schutz.

On Saturday, August 19, Shaker Museum Mount Lebanon will hold their annual gala. The event will include a performance featuring Frances McDormand, Suzzy Roche, and Kate Valk presenting an excerpt from The Wooster Group’s Early Shaker Spirituals: A Record Album Interpretation. The piece was originally performed in New York City in 2014.

The Wooster Group is a New York City-based experimental theater company known for creating original dramatic works and Frances McDormand has been an artistic associate and performer with the group for almost 20 years. An accomplished performer for stage and screen, McDormand has won a Tony Award, a Primetime Emmy, and an Academy Award - the latter for her portrayal of Police Chief Marge Gunderson in the Coen brothers 1996 film, Fargo.

Access to the gala event is available now at sponsorship levels. Individual tickets will go on sale after 5/1. For more information visit shakerml.org.

Three Capital Region schools have landed on Newsweek's annual ranking of America's top high schools.

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.

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  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.