Shaker Heritage Society and its partner, Albany County (which owns the historic site), recently secured one million dollars for building stabilization projects. Half of the funding came from the New York State REDC grant program and is matched through the Albany County capital improvement budget. Roof and foundation repairs for four of the Shaker buildings and installation of a bathroom to increase accessibility of the barn complex will begin in 2016 or 2017.
Other recent projects include the $405,000 stabilization of the 1915 Barn complex, which consists of a Dairy Barn, Hay Barn and Manure Shed. This project was completed in June of 2015 and was funded through grants from New York State, the Hunsdorfer Foundation, Bender Family Foundation, and the Preservation League of New York State.
The Society Society completed the rehabilitation of the 1856 Drying House roof in 2012.
The Society is also participating in numerous new partnerships and collaborations with regional cultural organizations and colleges. This includes an effort to create an interpretive plan for the city of Albany through Partners for Albany Stories (PASt) as well as projects involving Hancock Shaker Village, the New York State Museum, Siena College and the Shaker Museum at Mt. Lebanon.
Please contact Starlyn D’Angelo at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information about the Society’s effort to preserve and interpret this nationally significant historic site.