Past Exhibitions

Wash: There is no dirt in heaven

Mount Lebanon, June 17 - October 10, 2016

Wash tells the story of the day to day work of Shaker women and men as they carried out the domestic chore of weekly communal laundry. It looks at the Shakers’ engineered waterpower systems, including dams, ponds, and aqueducts that ran the mechanical wash-mill, extractors, and elevators to lift clothes from the wash room to the drying attic. The exhibition also explores how the Shakers used their knowledge of laundry technology to create and manufacture a commercial washer, mangle, and laundry soap for sale to the public.