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Coming up in February & March

January 30, 2017

Check out what we've got coming up in February and March:

Behind the Scenes in Collections Storage - Members Only

Join us for an exclusive members-only look at our collections. Numbering over 56,000 objects, the museum's holdings comprise the most comprehensive collection of Shaker furniture, tools, costumes, and more in the world.

The tours will also be an opportunity to learn more about the ongoing collections digitization project, supported by a $750,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.

The next tour will take place on:

Tours are free for all members and limited to 12 participants each, so be sure to reserve your place early. Not a member? Click here to join

Mother Ann's Birthday Celebration in Hudson, NY

Join us at the Shaker Bar in Hudson on Saturday, March 4 from 5:00 to 7:00PM to celebrate the 281st birthday of Shaker founder Mother Ann Lee (February 29, 1736 - September 8, 1784), and the beginning of Women's History Month, marked every year in March. Starting with Mother Ann Lee, influential Shaker women will be highlighted through images on the bar's walls, and guests will learn about our 2017 season exploring Shaker women and women's activism in recognition of the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in New York State.

Museum members will receive one free complementary drink if they show their membership card. The bar is located at 119 Warren Street.

Writings on the Walls: The Brethren's Workshop

The Brethren's Workshop was the center of a range of the North Family's industries, including their packaged seed business, broom-making, and cabinetry. Join a tour inside the Workshop to examine up close and personally the signatures, sketches, dates, graffiti, markings and other remnants left by its inhabitants since its construction in 1829, while learning more about some of the stories that they tell us.

Tours will leave from the Forge on two consecutive Saturdays, March 18 and 25, at 2:00PM. The tours are $15, and free for members. Tour dates are weather-permitting and subject to change.

Toward a More Perfect Union: Shaker Inclusivity

Join us for a Shake It Up Sunday discussion and brunch led by Sharon Duane Koomler on Shaker inclusivity. Individuals living in true community face many challenges. Giving up all to the "greater good of the community" has always been required for Shakers. It means more than giving up worldly possessions and relationships.

Tickets are $50, and $35 for members. The discussion will take place in the East Chatham, NY home of Sharon Koomler and Jerry Grant and includes brunch. Space is limited, so reserve your spot early.