Events & Programs

Mount Lebanon Shaker Village in Color in 1856

Co-presented with Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon and Columbia County Historical Society

Mount Lebanon Shaker Village in Color in 1856

at Stair Galleries, Hudson, NY, Saturday, March 17

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Following his visit to the Mount Lebanon Shaker village in August, 1856, the New York newspaper artist Benson Lossing made watercolor drawings to guide the production of the wood engravings that illustrated the article he published in Harper’s New Monthly Magazine about daily life in a Shaker community. Although the illustrations for Lossing’s Shaker article were printed in black and white, his original watercolors have survived to give us an extraordinary glimpse at the colors of the Mount Lebanon Shaker village 162 years ago.

Rob Emlen recently retired as University Curator and Senior Lecturer in American Studies at Brown University. He is at work on a book about how the Shakers were pictured in the popular illustrated press of 19th century America, a complement to his book Shaker Village Views, about how Shaker artists pictured their own communities in the 19th century.


View of Buildings Belonging to the "North Family." Entrance to Shaker Village, Lebanon. Benson Lossing, 1856. Reproduced by permission of the Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

  • Saturday, March 17 at 4:00PM
  • $20 | Regular
  • $15 | Members of Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon and CCHS

Purchase your tickets here.