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April 04, 2017

Check out what we've got coming up in April and May:

Endurance Reading of Mother Ann's "Testimonies" at 24-HOUR DRONE

Join us to participate in the first endurance reading of the 1816 Testimonies of Mother Ann Lee, presented by Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon at the Basilica Hudson’s annual 24-HOUR DRONE: Experiments in Sound and Music on April 29-30.

Mother Ann Lee, the illiterate daughter of a blacksmith in Manchester, England, was the mystic and visionary founder of the Shakers. She placed gender equality, pacifism, and a profound sense of community at the core of the Shakers’ beliefs and the Testimonies, a compilation of her statements and the memories of those who knew her, is a foundational Shaker text.

The Testimonies will be read in its entirety over an estimated ten hours, beginning at 2:00 pm on April 29. To participate, please email Include your name and contact information, and indicate your top three preferences among the following time slots:

  • 1. 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • 2. 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • 3. 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • 4. 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • 5. 10:00 pm – 12:00 am

    Each reader will be assigned a sequential number within the two-hour window and will be expected to read for 10 minutes. The text will be provided and there is no preparation necessary (though if you want to read all 400+ pages of the Testimonies, go right ahead!).

    Volunteer readers will receive a free pass to 24-Hour Drone, a drink on the house, an adventure, encounters with cool people, and - just possibly - a moment or two of transcendence. For non-readers, tickets are available for purchase.

    Photo by Eric Harvey Brown, courtesy of Basilica Hudson.

    Let us know you want to read

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    Behind the Scenes in Collections Storage - Members Only

    The best reason to become a member! Join us for an exclusive members-only look at the collections of Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon. 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.

    Tours 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

    Register for a tour

    The Berkshire Highlanders: Bagpipes & Drums at Mount Lebanon

    Save the date! Join us on the lawn at the North Family for a late afternoon concert by the Berkshire Highlanders bagpipe and drum band. The concert is tentatively scheduled to begin at 4:00PM on Saturday, May 20.

    Guests will also learn about our work restoring the floor of the iconic Great Stone Barn, and what's urgently needed to complete the project.

    Learn more