Thu, Jul 29 | Webinar

Race and Ethnicity in Shaker Communities: Revisiting the Archives and Collections

Shaker manuscripts and other archival materials offer an intimate look into the daily lives of the Shakers.
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Race and Ethnicity in Shaker Communities: Revisiting the Archives and Collections

Time & Location

Jul 29, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Webinar

About the Event

Shaker manuscripts and other archival materials offer an intimate look into the daily lives of the Shakers. It is important, however, to understand what we’re reading, the context in which it was recorded, and how we interpret the objects. This presentation builds on more than 20 years of research and examines the history of race and ethnicity in Shaker communities from New York to Kentucky, including stories of individual Black Shakers “in the work” of building community, laboring in the spirit, and working toward  a more equitable American society.

Sharon Duane Koomler served as Director of Education at the Shaker Museum at South Union, Kentucky; Curator of Collections at Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield Massachusetts; Curator and Director of the Museum at Shaker Museum and Library, Old Chatham, New York; and has consulted at Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill, Kentucky and Canterbury Shaker Village, New Hampshire. Sharon has published numerous articles and books on facets of Shaker history. Publications include Seen & Received: The Shakers' Private Art; Shaker Style: Form, Function and Furniture; and In the Shaker Style.

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