Shaker Reading List

For Teachers

General Studies
  • Andrews, Edward Deming. The People Called Shakers. New York: Dover Publications, 1963.
  • Melcher, Marguerite F. The Shaker Adventure. Old Chatham, NY: Shaker Museum, 1986.
  • Morse, Flo. The Shakers and the World’s People. Hanover and London: University Press of New England, 1987.
  • Stein, Stephen J. The Shaker Experience in America: A History of the United Society of Believers. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1992.
  • Wergland, Glendyne. One Shaker Life: Isaac Newton Youngs, 1793-1865. Amherst and Boston: University of Massachusetts Press, 2006.
  • Wergland, Glendyne. Sisters in the Faith: Shaker Women and Equality of the Sexes. Amherst and Boston: University of Massachusetts Press, 2011. 
  • Wertkin, Gerald. The Four Seasons of Shaker Life: An Intimate Portrait of the Community at Sabbathday Lake. New York:Fireside Publishing, 1986. 
Works on Enfield, NH Shaker Village
  • Elkins, Hervey. Fifteen Years in the Senior Order of the Shakers. Hanover: Dartmouth College Press, 1853.
  • Cumings, Henry. The Collected Writings of Henry Cumings. Edited by Mary Ann Haagen. Clinton, NY: Richard W. Couper Press, 2012.

For Students

  • Carr, Frances A. Growing Up Shaker. New Gloucester, ME: United Society of Shakers, 1995.
  • Gaeddert, Louann. Hope. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1997.
  • Lowry, Lois. Like the Willow Tree: The Diary of Lydia Amelia Pierce. New York: Scholastic Inc., 2011.  
  • Ray, Mary Lyn. Angel Baskets: A Little Story About the Shakers. Martha Wetherbee Books, 1988.
  • Ray, Mary Lyn. Shaker Boy. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1994.
  • Thorne-Thomson, Kathleen. Shaker Children: True Stories and Crafts. Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 1996.