This past spring, the Shaker Heritage Society, in partnership with Siena College, the New York State Education Office’s Department of Cultural Education, Shaker Museum and Library, and Hancock Shaker Village, submitted a joint $175,000 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant proposal through their Landmarks of American History and Culture program. We are delighted to announce that our application was successful!
The Landmark grant funds week-long teacher workshops for K-12 educators across the country. The Shaker-themed workshop, titled “Heaven on Earth: Shakers, Religious Revival, and Social Reform in America,” will focus on the history, contributions, and legacies of American Shakers as a model for understanding the utopian impulse in American History. Participants will study the Shaker model of Christian communal society and engage with Shaker material culture at SHS, the Mount Lebanon Shaker Village (NY) and Hancock Shaker Village (MA). Workshop participants will also engage the documentary record of the Shakers housed at the New York State Library and view the comprehensive collection of Shaker artifacts held by the New York State Museum. The workshop will be held in the summer of 2013 and will feature Shaker scholars Stephen Stein and Glendyne Wergland. We are very excited to be part of this amazing opportunity and are looking forward to next summer!