Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon has been awarded a $750,000 Responsive Grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to create a publicly accessible electronic catalog for its preeminent collection documenting Shaker art and design, and to photograph a portion of the collection. The two and a half year project, which begins July 1, 2016, will result in catalog records for an estimated 17,000 artifacts and 16,000 supporting archive and library materials. This project is the largest effort of its kind to bring images and artifacts of Shaker life into view, on a digital platform, with enormous impact for the research community, for teachers and students, for artists and craftspeople employing Shaker design, and for the general public.
The object records and accompanying images will be made freely accessible to everyone online at www.shakerml.org.
“This is transformative for our effort to illuminate the story and the extraordinary legacy of the Shakers,” said Lacy Schutz, the museum’s executive director. “I’m so grateful to the Luce Foundation for this tremendous investment in the future of Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon.”