Museum Receives $1,000,000 Donation

Museum Receives $1,000,000 Donation.

Enfield Shaker Museum has received an anonymous donation of $1,000,000, Mary Ann Haagen, chair of the “Together Again” Campaign, confirmed today.

This donation and many others, large and small, will be used toward the purchase price of the La Salette Shrine in Enfield, NH, for urgent repairs to the buildings, and to provide for ongoing expenses on the property.

Until 1923, the 28-acre site was known to the Enfield Shakers as the North Family, where those wishing to join the Shakers lived for a trial period of one year. There are five Shaker buildings on the property. It is bounded on one side by Enfield Shaker Museum and on two sides by the Lower Shaker Wildlife Managment Area (NH Fish & Game Department).

The Museum has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire this important historic and religious landscape, protecting it from destructive development, while bringing the Shaker site together again.

The goal of the campaign is $3,000,000.

Speaking for the Museum, Board of Trustees Chair Carolyn A. Smith stated, “This generous gift, together with other gifts from all over the country, will assure that the Museum has the funds to meet our obligations on the site, now and in future years.”

The real estate closing on the property is expected to take place on Thursday, September 28th.

Make a Donation to the “Together Again” Campaign.