New Exhibit Opens at Spring Shaker Forum

New Exhibit Opens at Spring Shaker Forum.

Participants at the annual Spring Shaker Forum will be the first to view the newest exhibit at Enfield Shaker Museum–“Enfield Shaker Trustees 1795-1904: Faithful Stewards.”

During the 19th century, three Enfield Shaker brothers served as First Trustee of the Church Family: Nathaniel Draper (1795-1821), Caleb Marshall Dyer (1824-1863), and John Bradford (1863-1904). Each man faced challenges unique to his generation. All three shared a selfless devotion to their faith, and to the trust placed in them. They conducted business, executed contracts, purchased property, indentured children, represented the community in the courts, and appointed persons to serve under them as associate trustees, deacons, and deaconesses.

The exhibit is supported by previously unpublished documents, photographs, and Enfield, NH Shaker furniture, primarily with artifacts from the Enfield Shaker Museum collection, as well as loans from Canterbury Shaker Village, Shaker Museum, and several private collectors.

Open to the public when the Museum opens for the season on Wednesday, May 17, 2023. For open days and hours, see the Plan Your Visit section of this web site.

“Enfield Shaker Trustees 1795-1904: Faithful Stewards” was designed and installed by Museum volunteers Mary Ann Haagen and Carolyn Smith, with assistance from curator Michael O’Connor.