Education For All

  Dear Friends, In August 1892, Enfield Shaker Eldress and Church Family schoolteacher Mary Ella Briggs described her school’s closing ceremony: “One speaker told the scholars they had the cosiest, nicest school in town,” she wrote in the Shaker Manifesto. “They all looked bright as dollars and to the teacher…

The New Three R’s

Dear Friends, The large and venerable Golden Russet apple tree on the north side of the Museum’s herb and production gardens has seen better days. Several weeks ago, gravity did what gravity does, and the weathered tree’s trunk split. After learning this news, Museum curator Michael O’Connor and I walked…

Enfield Shaker Museum Commemorates Juneteenth, June 19, 2021

Juneteenth, the national holiday just signed into law, commemorates the day Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas, and informed over 250,000 enslaved Black people that they were free. Two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation, six months after the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, and two months…

Thank you for joining us for NH Gives!

  Dear Friends, There are no words to express our gratitude. We are positively overjoyed by your response during NH Gives. Thanks to your support, we have raised a total of $19,200—almost TWICE our original goal—towards welcoming the coming season’s visitors. A lot of our hopes and dreams for this…

Announcing: NH Gives Match Opportunities

Announcing: NH Gives Match Opportunities

Dear Friends, It’s almost time! NH Gives starts tomorrow, June 8, at 5 PM, and we sincerely hope that from then until 5 PM on June 9 you will help Enfield Shaker Museum reach our goal to raise $10,000 to welcome 10,000 visitors. As we count down the hours until NH…

Enfield Shaker Museum Awarded Competitive Preservation Grant

Keep your eyes on the Stone Mill–even more preservation work is on the way, thanks to a New Hampshire Preservation Alliance Grant and the 1772 Foundation! Once the center of a large complex of agricultural and industrial buildings within the historic Enfield Shaker Village (1793-1823), Enfield Shaker Museum’s Stone Mill,…

May Calendar Raffle–Fun Facts and Winners

Welcome to the announcement page for the Museum’s 2021 “Spring Forward” May Calendar Raffle! Winners are announced here daily at noon, along with Fun Shaker Facts. So check back every day in May for even more fun! In the video below we are BEYOND excited to announce our May 31…

Weather-Wise: The Great Snow of 1717

Weather-Wise: The Great Snow of 1717

Get ready for more weather and climate related posts as our staff continues to research historic weather for our Weather-Wise 2021 programming! In a recent social media post, we mentioned New Lebanon Shaker Sister Melinda Welch, who recollected from her childhood a large snowstorm in New England in 1717. The...
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