Executive Director Announcement

Greetings! The Board of Enfield Shaker Museum is extremely pleased to announce that Dr. Shirley Wajda has accepted the Executive Director position effective October 1, 2020. We clearly have been impressed with her professionalism and knowledge since her initial hiring a year ago as the interim executive director, so we...

Large Red Tomato

With 4 consecutive days of frost predicted, these tomatoes were harvested from the museum’s gardens last Friday.  They are an heirloom variety called Large Red, or sometimes Early Large Red.  This variety was known in 18th Century France, was eaten by George Washington, and grown for sauce by Thomas Jefferson.  Possibly the best known tomato variety in America in the first half of the 19th century, . . .

Ann Lee and the Rights of Women

On October 18,1893, the Enfield Shakers celebrated the community’s centennial with a day of speeches and sermons in the 1793 Meeting House. One of these commemorative addresses was delivered by Sister Isabella Russell. At the pivotal moment in her address, Russell described the important role that Ann Lee played as...

Message from the Museum: Late June Edition

Dear Friends, Yesterday our extraordinary Garden Coordinator, Diana Kimball-Anderson, called me to my office window. “We have our first apple!” she exclaimed. I grabbed my smartphone and ran out of the Great Stone Dwelling to snap a photograph. The lawn south of the Great Stone Dwelling was once an apple…

Online Tuesday Tour: Shaker Basements

Join Education Coordinator Kyle Sandler for a behind-the-scenes online tour at Enfield Shaker Museum. In this video, we will explore the basements of several buildings at the Museum while discussing Shaker construction and use.

A Sign Post

Really, this is a post about signs. (I couldn’t resist the pun.) There are physical signs, like the new building signs now proudly displayed on many of the Museum’s buildings. Earlier this week I spent a lovely evening, before twilight, walking the grounds and taking these images, thinking about the…

You Gave!

Last week, New Hampshirites and others participated in New Hampshire Gives. In five days 14,375 donors gave $3,372,405 to 488 organizations in the Granite State–an amazing demonstration of what individuals together may accomplish. Forty-eight New Hampshire Givers together donated $8,400 to Enfield Shaker Museum. Still others gave directly to the…

Tuesday Tour: Shaker Attics

Join our Museum Education Coordinator for a video tour of Shaker attics. We will explore the attics of several buildings at the Museum while discussing architectural details and the roles these spaces played in the daily life of the Enfield Shaker community.

Online Tuesday Tour: Great Stone Dwelling

In the mid-nineteenth century, Giles Avery, Freegift Wells, Nancy Moore, and other Shakers visited the Enfield Church Family’s brand new stone dwelling house. By reading their journals, we have gained critical insight into the characteristics of the Great Stone Dwelling. Following in the footsteps of those illustrious visitors, Education Coordinator...