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Spring Shaker Forum 2023

April 21 - April 23


2023 Spring Shaker Forum

April 21 – 23, 2023

Mark your calendar now for the 2023 Spring Shaker Forum to be held April 21 – 23 at Enfield Shaker Museum. A weekend of lectures by Shaker scholars, special tours of the Museum, updates on preservation projects, and networking with colleagues and friends.  This annual event is for Shaker enthusiasts and newcomers alike! Stay overnight in the Great Stone Dwelling and have your meals in the Shaker Dining Room.  Come for the entire weekend or just part of the program.

Weekend highlights include:

  • Keynote speakers
  • Research papers by Shaker scholars
  • Special site tours and new exhibits
  • Networking with colleagues and friends
  • Stellar receptions and dinners
  • $500 prize for Outstanding New Scholarship
  • A stay in the Great Stone Dwelling

Program details and registration materials will be available February 1, 2023.  To request program and registration materials email education@shakermuseum.org or call 603-632-4346.

Want to present a paper?

Proposals for presentations are due by January 31, 2023.  Papers to be considered for the prize are due by March 20, 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 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 a special rate on meals. Student scholarships are available.

The Forum will include 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 21. Programs and presentations will be held all day on Saturday, April 22. A dinner and program will be held on Saturday evening. Presntations 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 and a CV by January 31 to Enfield Shaker Museum, 447 NH Route 4A, Enfield, NH 03748, or email education@shakermuseum.org. Please include your name, address and a phone number in your email. Please indicate if you would like to be considered for the Shaker Workshops’ Award. Applicants will be notified of the presenting schedule by February 15. Those eligible for receipt of the Shaker Workshops’ Award will be asked to submit their papers (preferably by email) by March 20. The winner will be announced on Saturday, April 22.


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