Jerry Grant talks with Stephen G. Williams about Shaker Museum's early days
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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.
Join us on Thursday, August 19, 2021 as Stephen G. Williams, youngest son of the Shaker Museum’s founder, John S. Williams, Sr., will reminisce about the Shaker Museum with Jerry V. Grant, the Museum’s Director of Collections. During this illustrated conversation Stephen will share his recollections about his father’s collecting, their visits to active Shaker communities, and will highlight several of his favorite pieces from the Museum's collection.