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We had a wonderful book discussion and signing on Wednesday July 19 with author Jack Kelly! A special thank you to Paul Grondahl, Executive Director of the New York State Writers Institute (co-sponsors of the event), for introducing Jack Kelly and providing detailed context for the evening's talk about the Erie Canal.

Jack Kelly focused on topics of particular relevance to the Shaker Heritage Society, such as the role of the Erie Canal in the revival of religious and spiritual communities across New York State in the 19th century. Audience members asked many interesting questions, and there was even speculation about whether the nearly 53 foot long Meeting House beams may have been shipped along the canal!
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Enjoy an evening of Contra Dance in the historic 1848 Shaker Meeting House for both beginners and seasoned dancers alike. No experience necessary. $6/$10/$12 (student / member or senior / non-member) ... See MoreSee Less

Contra Dance Sponsored by the Dance Flurry

September 19, 2017, 6:00pm - September 19, 2017, 7:30pm

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At Shaker Heritage Society 2015 is the Year of the Barn! We are celebrating the completion of major stabilization work on the 1915 barn complex just in time for its 100th birthday. This is also a great time to consider renting the barn for your wedding. Now more than ever, rustic barns are taking the place of traditional wedding venues. With a little creativity and some inspiration from Pinterest, many brides see the creative potential of barn venues. The Shaker Heritage Society’s beautiful historic barn is the perfect spot for your special day.

The Barn and Meeting House at the Shaker Heritage Society in Albany, NY

The Shaker Heritage Society is located in the heart of the 770-acre Watervliet (Albany) Shaker National Historic District. The barn, built in 1915, was an efficient and technologically advanced building that drew upon the latest agricultural design innovations of the era while reflecting Shaker aesthetics. The barn is located on lovely grounds that provide the perfect place for your wedding ceremony, lawn games or a cocktail hour.The 1848 Meeting House is within walking distance from the barn. It served as the church, where the community gathered on Sundays to worship, sing, and dance. The main room has many original Shaker features, wonderful acoustics, and a wooden dance floor. Both of these wonderful buildings are available to rent and will provide a unique historical setting for you next event. Not only will you impress your guests, but you will help maintain these structures and support the museum.

Booking Your Wedding or Event

If you are interested in having your wedding, private event, or non-profit event in the Barn or Meeting House, please visit our website at or contact us at We look forward to helping you have the wedding of your dreams or host an event you’ll be proud of.

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