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Spring Shaker Forum 2023

April 21, 2023 - April 23, 2023

2023 Spring Shaker Forum

April 21 – 23, 2023

Join the Museum for an engaging weekend devoted to Shaker history and culture. The Spring Shaker Forum includes presentations by Shaker scholars, special activities, lodging and meals in the Great Stone Dwelling, and networking with colleagues and friends.

Programs and Presenters

Friday, April 21

2:00 pm   Gallery Talk and Exhibit Opening

Enfield Shaker Trustees – 1795 – 1904

                               Presenter – Mary Ann Haagen

3:00 pm   Hands to Work: Picturing the Shakers as Handicraft Workers in 19th Century Photographs

                               Presenter – Robert Emlen

4:15 pm    How Father Joseph Emerged as Leader of the Shakers:

A Closer Look at the 1780s and Beyond

                               Presenter – Stephen Paterwic

7:30 pm    Keynote: Opportunities Ahead for the Shakers in Maine

                               Speaker – Michael Graham


Saturday, April 22

9:00 am   Wandering Star: The Use and Abuse of Richard McNemar

                              Presenter – Christian Goodwillie

10:00 am  Mapping Sister Mary Hazard’s 1856 Journey to the

“Eastern Societies of Believers”

                               Presenter – Sara Leach

11:15 am   Mapping the Shaker Garden of Eden

                               Presenter – Douglas Winiarski

1:15 pm    “Fall on the rock”: Excavating a Shaker Spiritual Motif

                               Presenter – Carol Medlicott

2:15 pm    Mother Ann Lee, Spiritual Evolutionary:

A Consciousness-Based Psychological Approach

                                Presenter – Susan Curtiss

3:30 pm   Sharing What We Have Learned

                                Conversation Facilitator – Nancy Lee

                   Shaker Book Signing – Details to follow

7:30 pm   Keynote: “Shaker Fancy Goods: Shaker Survival

Through Sisterhood and Craft”

                                 Speaker – Catherine Goldring


Sunday, April 23

9:00 am   Searching for Sister Mary:

The Legacy of Pleasant Hill’s Last Shaker

                                Presenter – Rebecca Soules

10:00 am  The Grand Survivor: Harvard Church Family’s

“New Office” of 1839-40

                                 Presenter – Ned Quist

11:15 am     Shaker Songs & Readings

                       Leaders – Mary Ann Haagen & Kevin Siegfried

To register print the attached registration form and return it to education@shakermuseum.org : 2023 Shaker Forum Registration Form

To register by phone, call 603-632-4346 Monday – Friday 10 am – 5 pm.


Enfield Shaker Museum
447 NH Route 4A
Enfield, NH 03748 United States
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(603) 632-4346