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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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Michael Bates

While Michael is new to the candidacy of the board he has been on the grounds many times in support of his wife’s long involvement in the Shaker Craft Fairs. And while he doesn’t do crafts he does craft with goals and objectives to meet a business’s purpose. Currently Michael is employed with Trustco Bank as a Business Development Officer to develop new relationships and to support existing ones; additionally he provides financial planning for customers of the bank and from referral partners. A Graduate of the State University of New York at Albany with a Bachelor of Arts Michael has also completed coursework at the College of St. Rose and is a candidate for the CFP Certification. He also holds a NYS Life Accident and Health, and Property & Casualty Insurance License. Michael spent many years as President/CEO of a Mortgage Broker business and Vice-President/owner of a Collection Agency. He is a lifelong resident in the Capital Region.

Jacqueline Schillinger

Jackie is a communications professional with nearly 5 years of experience doing public relations for the New York State Assembly. Prior to her work with the Assembly, she worked at a local newspaper as a reporter covering stories ranging from lifestyle pieces to local politics around the Capital District. Jackie received her BA in Art History from Bard College at Simon’s Rock and hopes to combine her interests in communications and history at the Shaker Heritage Society.

Peter Odell

Peter is the father of 3 small children, a seven year daughter and twin 4 year old boys. He has been a resident of Latham for the last 6 years and a resident of the Capital District for the last 25.  Peter is currently Vice President, Commercial Branch Manager of the Latham Branch of M&T Bank, and he has been in banking for the last 20 years.  Peter graduated from SUNY @ Brockport in 1986 with a BS in History, and is active in the Latham Kiwanis Club and the Albany Chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

Peter welcomes the opportunity to become a member of the Shaker Heritage Society for a variety of reason’s but the 2 main ones are his interest in local history and his desire to become more active in the local community in which he and his family live. With his children just starting school Peter believes it is important to illustrate and to show them the amazing stories that this area can tell.

Vicki Clingan

Victoria Clingan recently received her Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science and has been building her career at the Brain Injury Association of New York State. A lifelong resident of the Capital District, her experience volunteering at Shaker Heritage Society craft fairs encouraged her interest in Shaker contributions to the region’s cultural history. Victoria is excited at the opportunity to put her insight into nonprofit management and passion for history to work to support the mission of the Shaker Heritage Society.

Andrew Bigness

Andrew is a native of the Capitol Region, educated at Union College, Schenectady, where he graduated magna cum laude in 2008 with a B.A. in history.  While at Union, he studied abroad for a semester at the National University of Ireland, Galway.  In 2011, he graduated from Albany Law School and received a graduate Fellowship in the New York State Senate. Here he helped develop and implement an innovative communications strategy for Majority Leader Dean Skelos.  Since 2013, Andrew has served as a communications coordinator with the New York State Assembly, Office of Member Services, in charge of public relations and press for a three-member delegation. He lives in Niskayuna with his wife Jessica and rescue-hound Lucy.


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