Join Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon and Alan Devoe Bird Club in the first of a series of free workshops and bird walks at the Mount Lebanon historic site! Up to 100 species of birds are reported to potentially inhabit the woodlands and wetlands in the area of New Lebanon, NY where the Shakers once lived, and yet only 32 species have been identified since 2014. Help us get to 100!
Please bring your own binoculars and smart phones to the workshop and download the free app, Merlin Bird ID by Cornell Lab, onto your phone before arrival. New birders and walk-ins welcome!
Photo: Blue-Headed Vireo at the museum’s property. By Chris Franks, Alan Devoe Bird Club.
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.