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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name and contact information, and indicate your top three preferences among the following time slots:
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!) Along with the opportunity to participate in this remarkable event, you’ll 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.