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Enfield Shaker Museum

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447 NH Route 4A
Enfield, NH 03748 United States
(603) 632-4346

July 2019

Beginner and Intermediate Oval Box Making Workshop

July 26 - July 27

Friday, 6:00 - 10:00 pm and Saturday, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm Learn to create your own cherry Shaker oval boxes with Eric Pintar of the Home Shop. The Home Shop under the leadership of John Wilson, has been teaching the craft of Shaker oval box making for more than…

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Tuesday Tour: Shaker Basements Tour

July 30

1:00 pm Take a behind-the-scenes tour of Shaker basements to learn about how the Shakers used these spaces. The tour will include a visit to the basements of several buildings with a look at the importance of basements to Shaker architecture and engineering. This tour will also include a discussion…

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August 2019

Herbal Spa Workshop

August 2 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Learn how to pamper yourself naturally and inexpensively. Delve into aromatherapy with herbal scents, find calming herbs to make an herbal eye pillow, use invigorating herbs for a pick-me-up tea. Create your own perfect herbal lotion. Each participant will take home their eye pillow, your personal tea bags, and lotion.

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Beginner and Intermediate Timber Framing: Session 1

August 3 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Join local timber framer, Tim Baker, on a tour of two Shaker buildings with exposed timber frames to see examples of historic and restoration joinery techniques. Learn timber framing fundamentals while you try your hand at the layout and cutting of mortise and tenon joints and carving wooden pegs. The…

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Middle School Field Ecology Camp: Session 2

August 5 - August 9

9:00 am - 4:00 pm Under the guidance of local science teachers, students will carefully examine the area ecology through field and laboratory study techniques on and near the grounds of the Enfield Shaker Museum. Each session will offer different themes and activities. They will also learn about the history…

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Herbal Candy Making

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

Join the Enfield Shaker Museum for a workshop on making old time herbal candies. Learn to make herbal delicacies with plants grown in the Museum’s herb garden. Participants will go home with their own sweets.

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Tuesday Tour: Shaker Timber Framing and Joinery

August 13

1:00 pm Join a Museum educator for a tour and discussion of the various timber framing and joinery techniques which can be found in the Enfield Shaker community. This program will discuss the joinery techniques that the Shakers used both in their architecture and furniture making. Cost: Included with Museum…

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Medicinal Herb Workshop

August 18 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join Museum herbalist, Happy Griffiths, for a workshop on the medicinal properties of various herbs. Begin with a walk through the Museum’s herb garden and then discuss ten herbs in depth. Learn ways of preparing herbs for their medicinal benefit: teas, tinctures, poultices and oils. Finally, the class will work…

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Shaker Garden Talk

August 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join retired Museum Herbalist, Happy Griffiths, as she walks through the Shaker Museum Herb Garden and talks about the herbs highlighting those that will be growing. Feel free to bring specific questions to ask. Cost: Included with Museum admission.

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Turkey Wing Whisk Broom Workshop

August 24 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Enfield Shakers produced as many as "2000 doz." brooms per year. 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. All materials and tools…

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Tuesday Tour: Shaker Architecture from Maine to Kentucky

August 27

1:00 pm Join Museum Education Coordinator, Kyle Sandler, for a visual presentation of the various incarnations of architecture which can be found throughout the Shaker world. In this talk, we will view interior and exterior photographs which demonstrate the wide array of designs used on Shaker structures. We will also…

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September 2019

Eco-Dyeing Workshop

September 1 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join artist and retired art teacher, Kate Mortimer, for an interactive session on eco- dyeing. Eco dyeing is a process which uses the natural pigments and form of fresh plant materials in order to leave beautiful impressions on fabric. Unlike traditional dyeing, eco-dye gives participants the chance to experiment with…

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Tuesday Tour: A Material Culture Tour of the Shaker World

September 10

1:00 pm Join Museum Education Coordinator, Kyle Sandler, for a visual presentation of the Shaker bishoprics. In this talk, we will view photographs of material culture items from each of the major Shaker communities and discuss how regionalism affected how the Shakers created the physical world around them. Cost: Included…

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Herbal Jelly Making Workshop

September 10 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join the Museum for a workshop on savory and sweet herbal jelly making. Along the way we will discuss acid/pectic mixtures, commercial pectins, natural pectins, and combinations thereof. Participants will be able to sample several and take home both savory and sweet examples to share with your guests, plus recipes…

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2019 Harvest Festival

September 14 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Sponsored by the Brundage Foundation A yearly tradition set on the picturesque grounds of the Enfield Shaker Museum. Celebrate the autumn harvest with horse-drawn wagon and pony rides, a hay stack treasure hunt, cider making, butter churning, ice cream cranking, candle dipping, traditional crafts including broom making, farm animals, musical…

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Charles-Marie Widor’s Symphony for Organ No. 6 in G Minor, Op. 42

September 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

N.H. native Peter Douglas Kaplar presents the organ masterwork Widor Symphony #6 featuring the Joseph Casavant organ. Admission on a first-come, first-served basis. A reception will follow the performance in the Great Stone Dwelling. Cost: Free and Open to the Public. Donations Accepted.

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Tuesday Tour: The Enfield Water System

September 24 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join our Museum Education Coordinator for a tour of the Shaker waterworks system at the Enfield community. In this tour we will enter the Shaker canal near the Museum and follow the system down to the Shaker Second Family where one of the largest remnants of this system is located.…

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Beginner and Intermediate Timber Framing Workshop: Session 2

September 28 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join local timber framer Tim Baker for a second session on timber framing and the joinery techniques used in our historic Shaker buildings. Build on your work from the first session or start with the fundamentals while you try your hand at the layout and cutting of mortise-and-tenon joints and…

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October 2019


October 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Have you ever wanted to learn about pickling? Join our 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 their favorites and recipes for home.

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Tuesday Tour: Shaker Barn Preservation Tour

October 8

1:00 pm Join the Museum for a tour of the remaining Enfield Shaker Church Family Barns. We will start in the 1854 Cow Barn with a discussion of how this barn is an example of the tradition of building great barns among the Shakers and the challenges these unique structures…

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2019 Cider Festival

October 13 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Explore a variety of New England crafted artisanal ciders both hard and natural at this festive tasting event. Locally harvested apples, home-baked apple pies and award-winning artisan cheeses will also be set-up for tasting and purchase. Activities include live music throughout the afternoon, a pop-up farmer’s market, children’s activities, food…

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Tuesday Tour: Shaker Historiography: Shaker Studies from the Nineteenth Century to Today

October 22

1:00 pm Join the Museum for a special presentation on how the field of Shaker Studies has evolved from the nineteenth century histories written by individual Shakers to the full-length academic press works of today. In this presentation, we will not only discuss how the interpretation of the Shakers has…

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Herbal Wreath Making Workshop

October 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Create a masterpiece from the everlasting flowers and herbs grown in the Shaker Museum Herb Garden. Each person will take home a finished wreath, great for decorating your home or as a thoughtful gift. All materials provided, but please bring your own scissors and clippers.

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Grandparent and Me: Herbal Pomander Workshop

October 27 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Join the Enfield Shaker Museum for an Herbal Pomander workshop for Grandparents and their special guests. Choose from a variety of gorgeous, fragrant herbs, sprightly mosses and delightful ribbons to make a decorative pomander to take home and display. All materials will be provided.

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Sunset Shaker Cemetery Tour

October 29 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Join us before the “New Hampshire Cemeteries and Gravestones” talk for a special tour of the two Shaker cemeteries at the Enfield Shaker Museum. This special tour will include information on Shaker funerals, burial grounds, and their beliefs about the afterlife. Additionally, we will discuss the lives of the Church…

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NH Humanities to Go: New Hampshire Cemeteries and Gravestones

October 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Glenn Knoblock, and independent scholar, will use rubbings, photographs, and slides to illustrate the rich variety of gravestones found in NH. Hear the long-forgotten stories of such historical events as the Great Awakening, the Throat Distemper Epidemic, and the American Revolution. Find out more about these deeply personal works of…

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November 2019

2019 Annual Meeting

November 3 @ 1:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Mark your calendar now and plan to attend the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Enfield Shaker Museum, held in the Meeting Room of the Great Stone Dwelling. Meet our board and staff while attending special presentations and a behind-the-scenes tour. The business meeting includes the highlights of the past year,…

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A Behind-the-Scenes Collection Tour

November 5

1:00 pm Join Curator Michael O'Connor for a behind-the-scenes look at the collection. You will see artifacts that are not currently on display to the public. Get an up-close-and-personal look at furniture, poplarware, textiles, and oval boxes, all made and used by the Enfield Shakers. Included with Regular Museum Admission

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Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Genealogy

November 9 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Have you ever wanted to learn more about your family history? Join genealogist, Richard Dabrowski for a full-day workshop which will take you through the ins and outs of genealogy. Richard first became a member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society in 1965, and has been researching, finding relatives,…

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Fall Auction and Giving Gala

November 14 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Our largest and most important annual fundraising event. A lively evening of delicious food, live and silent auctions, and celebration! Help support Museum operations and educational programming, or bid on the "cause within a cause" part of the live auction to help fund the restoration of our buildings. SAVE THE…

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Reed Star Design

November 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Learn to weave reed into a traditional multi-point star which can be used as a tree topper, window decoration, or a wonderful gift. This workshop also serves as a wonderful introduction to the weaving techniques used in traditional basketry. All materials will be provided.  

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December 2019

Festival of Trees

December 1 @ 10:00 am - December 15 @ 4:00 pm

Visit our display of more than 40 beautifully decorated holiday table top trees designed and donated by local artists, businesses and individuals. “Vote” for your favorite trees with raffle tickets to win or donate to the local “Meals on Wheels” recipients. Free Admission. For more information or to decorate a…

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Mixed Evergreen Wreath Workshop

December 1 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Create a masterpiece from evergreen branches and herbs grown in the Shaker Museum Herb Garden. Each person will take home a finished wreath, great for decorating your home or adorning doors during the holiday season. All materials provided, but please bring your own scissors, clippers and any special personal decorative…

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Shaped Resist Dyeing

December 7 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join artist and retired art teacher, Kate Mortimer, for an in-depth session of the technique of shaped resist dyeing. In this workshop, participants will work with the instructor in order to learn the different resist techniques which can be used to create an assortment of different patterns and designs. At…

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Holiday Cookie Sale

December 8 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

No time to bake but company is coming? Choose from more than 50 varieties of delicious homemade cookies for your Holiday cookie tray. All cookies sold by the pound. Bring your own container or purchase a container at the Museum. Cost: Cookies $10/lb.   Admission Free.

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Shaker Holiday Feast

December 11 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Come celebrate the season with Lindsay Smith, the Hanover Co-op’s Food Educator. We will explore some traditional Shaker holiday recipes! Although the Shakers were known for their simplicity, the did have a special meal and celebrations for Christmas. In the Shaker spirit, we will use local ingredients to inform our…

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Festival of Trees Gala Reception

December 15

5:00 pm Invite your family and friends and join us for an evening of Holiday Cheer at the Enfield Shaker Museum. Be part of the fun as we draw the winning tickets and award the trees. Bid on one-of-a-kind "artist trees". Holiday music, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and extended hours in…

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