Call For Papers: Spring Shaker Forum

The Enfield Shaker Museum’s Annual Spring Forum on the Shakers will be held April 21st-23rd, 2023. The Museum is seeking proposals for papers and presentations for the weekend. Preference will be given to proposals based on primary sources such as, but not limited to, journals, ledger books, oral histories, newspapers, artifacts, correspondence and maps. Preference will be given to proposals presenting new research. Each lecture must be no more than 45 minutes with an additional 15 minutes for questions and answers. A projector, laptop, and a screen will be available for Power Point presentations. Shaker Workshops will once again award a $500 cash prize to the presenter demonstrating the highest standard in new, outstanding scholarship. Presenters receive free lodging and special rates on meals. Student Scholarships are available.

The Forum includes lectures, tours, receptions, and meals. The audience will consist of 75-100 people, with a general interest in Shaker studies. A welcome reception, dinner and program will be held on Friday, April 21st. Programs and presentations and site-related and tours will be held on Sunday morning following breakfast.

To submit a proposal: Send an abstract of 500 words or fewer by January 31st to Enfield Shaker Museum, 447 Route 4A, Enfield, NH 03748, or e-mail Please include your name, address, and a phone number in your e-mail. Please indicate if you would like to be considered for Shaker Workshops’ Award. Applicants will be notified of the presenting schedule by February 15th. Those eligible for receipt of the Shaker Workshops’ Award will be asked to submit their papers (preferably by mail) by March 20th. The winner will be announced on Saturday, April 22nd. Applicants with abstracts not chosen may participate in a poster session shown throughout the weekend if interested.