Museum Trustee Rae Gilson invites you to volunteer for a cause in support of the original founding site of the American Shakers in New Lebanon, New York!
On October 6 between 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM, volunteers are encouraged to participate in a cleanup initiative of the Historic Mount Lebanon Site as we work hard to uncover the stunning stone walls currently overgrown with vines and weeds. Projects like these help improve and maintain the current conditions of the historic site for the enjoyment of visitors, members, and our local community.
Volunteers are encouraged to bring work gloves and clippers if you have them, and wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Children are welcome but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. All volunteers will be asked to sign a volunteer waiver prior to beginning work.
(Image caption: Students from Darrow School’s Hands to Work program helping clear trails along the historic stone walls at the Historic Mount Lebanon Site.)
Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon holds the world’s most comprehensive collection of Shaker objects, archives, and books, and stewards the historic North Family site at Mount Lebanon, the founding community of the Shakers. The Shaker Museum was founded in 1950 by John S. Williams, Sr. on his farm in Old Chatham, New York. Beginning in the 1930s, Williams traveled extensively to then-active Shaker communities and collected examples of their arts, industries, and domestic life, as well as spiritual artifacts. His approach was that of an anthropologist documenting the decline of a culture. Today the museum’s collection is a prime resource for scholars and curators. In 2004, the museum became the owner and steward of the North Family site at Mount Lebanon Shaker Village, consisting of 11 Shaker buildings on 91 acres, and the museum’s name was changed from Shaker Museum & Library to Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon. The Mount Lebanon site is open year-round, with a visitor center and shop open seasonally. The Old Chatham site, which houses collections storage, the library, and the administrative offices, is open year-round by appointment.