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July 2020

Wood Finishing Basics

July 26 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

You can achieve good wood finishing results with very few tools and materials. Gary Wood will share some tricks-of-the-trade he has discovered in his 40+ years as a furniture conservator.  Learn about the most commonly used finishes including varnish, shellac, and oil. With special attention to surface preparation, conservation of…

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Tuesday Tour: A Hervey Elkins’ Tour of the Enfield Shaker Site

July 28 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Hervey Elkins’ Fifteen Years in the Senior Order of the Shakers (1853) remains one of the most important sources of what life was like for the Enfield Shakers in the mid-19th century. This tour will focus on his descriptions of various aspects of life in the community including the decor of…

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Knife Making for Beginners

July 31 - August 2

Friday - Sunday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Have you ever wanted to learn how to make your own knife? Join metalsmith and artist Skip Cady for an introductory workshop on the art of knifemaking. Participants will learn a variety of metalsmithing skills including design, rough cutting, heat treating, and…

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August 2020

Outdoor Exploration Camp for Ages 9-13

August 3 - August 7

9:00 am - 4:00 pm Under the guidance of local science teachers, students will get to explore the environment of the Upper Valley through the lens of environmental studies.  Locations on and off the grounds of Enfield Shaker Museum will allow participants to explore a wide array of sciences including…

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Garden Stroll

August 4

11:00 am Join Museum Herbalist emerita Happy Griffiths on a Shaker Herb Garden Stroll. Enjoy the herbs at their seasonal best, bring your own questions about growing and harvesting herbs. Cost: Included with Museum admission.

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Thursday Things: Portraits

August 6

3:00 pm Every thing has a history!  Portraits are visual biographies in paint, pastel, on paper, and by camera.  Once the privilege of nobility, portraits tell us a lot about individualism, social roles, relationships and power, clothing, and everyday life.  Cultural historian Shirley Wajda explores portraiture in American and Shaker…

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Tuesday Tour: Eldresses and Trustees: The Legacy of Women Leaders in the Enfield Community

August 11

1:00 pm In commemoration of the centennial  of the Nineteenth Amendment granting women the right to vote, this tour will focus on the role women played in Enfield.  Did the Shakers truly believe in equality of the sexes?   If so, how did they interpret this belief in the context of…

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August 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Have you ever wanted to learn about pickling? Join Museum Garden Coordinator Diana Kimball-Anderson for a workshop on the basics of pickles. Participants will use herbs and vegetables from the Museum gardens to create traditional favorites. Everyone will take home jars of freshly made pickles and recipes to use at…

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Medicinal Herb Gardening

August 16 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Museum herbalist emerita Happy Griffiths shares her expertise on the medicinal properties of herbs. Begin with a walk through the Museum’s herb garden and then discuss 10 herbs in depth. Learn to prepare herbs for their medicinal benefit: teas, tinctures, poultices and oils. Finally, you will make an herbal salve…

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Wednesday Walk: Land Use in 19th Century America

August 19

1:00 pm What did past Americans think about sustainability and conservation? This guided hike will focus on how land use evolved over time. We will use Shaker land as an outdoor classroom to illustrate the changes in land use. Please wear comfortable shoes or hiking boots. Cost: Included with Museum…

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