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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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In July, the Shaker Heritage Society, in partnership with Siena College, the New York State Education Office’s Department of Cultural Education, Shaker Museum and Library | Mount Lebanon, and Hancock Shaker Village was awarded $175,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Landmarks of History and Culture program. This grant funds week-long teacher workshops for teachers across the country. We are now accepting applications from K-12 teachers interested in professional development and Shakerism.

We are offering two, one-week long NEH Landmarks of History and Culture Workshops called Heaven on Earth: Shakers, Religious Revival and Social Reform in America. Participants will engage in interactive seminars with scholars; investigate Shaker artifacts and primary documents at the New York State Museum and New York State Library, and tour three historic Shaker sites: Watervliet Shaker Historic District, Hancock Shaker Village, and Shaker Museum Mount Lebanon. A $1,200 stipend will be awarded towards program costs. For more information, please visit

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