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A Year Of Craft and Climate

“‘The weather is good, bad, or indifferent’: Americans, Weather, and Climate Change” explores how humans in the past have documented and experienced the weather, and how those experiences and records inform human understanding of climate change.

Our Weather-Wise series features virtual talks led by humanities experts, climate related programing, book discussions, community projects and an interactive exhibit at the Museum.

Weather-Wise emphasizes the Enfield Shakers documentation of, beliefs about, and interaction with daily weather. Enfield Shaker Village was founded in 1793, the same year the very first Farmer’s Almanac, published in Dublin, New Hampshire, covered and closed in 1923. The idea of scientifically based weather prediction appears to have fascinated Americans; by the 1890s various Shaker villages were consistently sharing weather information in the sects newspaper, The Shaker Manifesto.

This project was made possible with support from New Hampshire Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities. Learn more at

The Enfield Shaker Museum Tempestry Project

Enfield Shaker Museum recruited community members to create Tempestries. Tempestries are long, yarn-knitted banners that depict the daily weather over the course of a given year through the standardized use of specific colors denoting temperature ranges. Our knitters created 12 Tempestries, including ten from specific years between 1828 (the earliest year we have reliable temperature data for) through 1923 (the year the Shaker community closed), 1986 (the year the Museum opened) and 2021. These Tempestries will be displayed side by side to show changes and chart the shifts in climate through the years.

See the display is the Weather-Wise exhibit, now open.

Special thanks to our amazing knitters: Susan Brown, Kris Burnett, Leah Goat, Mary Ann Haagen, Luli Josephson, Nan Munsey, Becky Powell, Carolyn Smith, Kristi Wilson and Karen Wolk!

For more information on Tempestries, check out

Weather-Wise is now open!

Come tour the Museum’s newest exhibition, located in the East Brethren’s Shop.

This community-curated exhibition explores weather’s impact on the Enfield Shakers’ daily lives within the larger context of climate change. See how our community curators and craftivists translated historic handwritten and printed weather documents into colorful “Tempestries” charting daily temperatures in historic years.

Upcoming Weather-Wise Events

More events to come!

We’re excited to have rescheduled Dr. Lourdes B. Avilés (Plymouth State University)  to share her research on “The Colors of Weather: Amazing Optical Effects In The Sky.”

This lecture is part of our Weather-Wise series. It’s free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. The Weather-Wise exhibit will be available for attendees to explore prior to the lecture.

This project was made possible with support from New Hampshire Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities. Learn more at

Weather-Wise Virtual Lecture Series

Weather-Wise Book Discussion

We’ll be reading and discussing several historic, climate related novels. Join us for our upcoming book discussions!

Next Read:

by Jenny Offill

Lizzie Benson slid into her job as a librarian without a traditional degree. But this gives her a vantage point from which to practice her other calling: she is a fake shrink. For years, she has tended to her God-haunted mother and her recovering addict brother. They have both stabilized for the moment, but Lizzie has little chance to spend her new free time with husband and son before her old mentor, Sylvia Liller, makes a proposal. She’s become famous for her prescient podcast, Hell and High Water, and wants to hire Lizzie to answer the mail she receives: from left-wingers worried about climate change and right wingers worried about the decline of western civilization.

As Lizzie dives into this polarized world, she begins to wonder what it means to keep tending your own garden once you’ve seen the flames beyond its walls. When her brother becomes a father and Sylvia a recluse, Lizzie is forced to address the limits of her own experience—but still she tries to save everyone, using everything she’s learned about empathy and despair, conscience and collusion, from her years of wandering the library stacks… And all the while the voices of the city keep floating in—funny, disturbing, and increasingly mad.

Learn More

September 29th | 7 pm
Virtual Discussion : Link To Come



Previous Reads:

George R. Stewart

The Year Without Summer: One Event, Six Lives, A World Changed 
Guinevere Glasfurd

Weather-Wise is sponsored by NH Humanities