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August 2020

Museum Guided Tours: August 27-30

August 27 - August 30

11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm Join one of our dedicated Museum interpreters for a guided tour of the Great Stone Dwelling and Museum grounds. Due to social distancing requirements, tours are open to nine participants and must be booked 24 hours in advance. Members please enter the coupon…

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2020 Shaker Forum*Postponed*

August 28 @ 3:00 pm - August 30 @ 11:00 am

Join the Museum for an engaging annual weekend devoted to Shaker History and Culture. There will be presentations by Shaker scholars, special activities, lodging and meals in the Great Stone Dwelling, and networking with colleagues and friends. For a full list of our price and packages, please click below: 2020_Spring…

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September 2020

Wednesday Walk: Wild and Heirloom Apples

September 2

1:00 pm Today, a handful of apples are grown in large quantities, but in the 19th-c. hundreds of heirloom varietals were grown. Join us as we explore the Shaker woods looking for wild and heirloom Apples.  We will discuss the history of this popular fruit and the varieties grown by…

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Museum Guided Tour: September 3-6

September 3 - September 6

11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm Join one of our dedicated Museum interpreters for a guided tour of the Great Stone Dwelling and Museum grounds. Due to social distancing requirements, tours are open to nine participants and must be booked 24 hours in advance. Members please enter the coupon…

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Tuesday Tour: Enfield Shaker Architecture

September 8

1:00 pm The Shakers are widely known for their architecture.  The large dwelling houses, meeting houses, workshops, and barns they built are synonymous with Shaker design and represent the principles of communal living.  Discuss the history, influences, and designs of Shaker buildings through the lens of the Enfield community. Please…

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Museum Guided Tour: September 10-13

September 10 - September 13

11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm Join one of our dedicated Museum interpreters for a guided tour of the Great Stone Dwelling and Museum grounds. Due to social distancing requirements, tours are open to nine participants and must be booked 24 hours in advance. Members please enter the coupon…

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Preservation Timber Framing

September 11 - September 12

Friday, 12:00-5:00 pm and Saturday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm Join local timber framer Tim Baker for the beginning of a multi-year project to build a reproduction Shaker garden shed from start to finish.  Learn timber framing fundamentals while you try your hand at building layout, cutting mortise-and-tenon joints and carving wooden…

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Thursday Things: Needlecraft

September 17

3:00 pm Every thing has a history! Sewing. Knitting. Mending. How did making clothing define American women’s lives in the 19th century? What were the basic tools used in a woman’s sewing bag, table, or desk?   Join cultural historian Shirley Wajda as she stitches together the history of  Needlecraft. We…

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Museum Guided Tour: September 17-20

September 17 - September 20

11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm Join one of our dedicated Museum interpreters for a guided tour of the Great Stone Dwelling and Museum grounds. Due to social distancing requirements, tours are open to nine participants and must be booked 24 hours in advance. Members please enter the coupon…

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Turkey Wing Whisk Broom

September 19 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Enfield Shakers produced as many as 24,000 brooms per year by hand.  Join our resident broom squire Larry Antonuk for an introductory class on whisk brooms. Learn the basics while producing a mini whisk broom, then move on to the more challenging turkey wing whisk broom.

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