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...

Spring Greetings!

Spring Greetings! When it snowed last week, I sighed. Heavily. “It’s May! Would spring ever be here?” I asked aloud as I looked out the window at blooming yellow daffodils. At that moment they seemed to sigh, too, looking downward, shrugging their snow-laden shoulders. Yet the snow quickly disappeared—Mother Nature…

In Memoriam: Gregory Schwarz, 1951-2020

In the very first year of Enfield Shaker Museum’s existence, when then-director Carolyn Smith’s desk was a folding table in the Great Stone Dwelling’s front hall, a young historian walked in to introduce himself. That young historian was Greg Schwarz, and the Museum is all the richer for his friendship…