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Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Shakers: Focus On: Enfield, Connecticut

Insights on the Shaker Community at Enfield, Connecticut, 1780-1917 presented by Steve Paterwic, Enfield Shaker Community Expert The Enfield, Connecticut, society of Shakers was very important in early Shaker history, and the community held a place of prominence until its dissolution. In the field of Shaker studies, however, Enfield consistently receives very little attention. This presentation will show what scholars have been missing and at the same time give a general history of the community so that the gallery exhibit may be fully appreciated.

Stephen Paterwic has continually been doing research on the Shakers since 1967. He has given over sixty presentations, moderated conferences, written numerous articles, and contributed to chapters of books. In addition, he is the author of The Historical Dictionary of the Shakers (2006), its softcover edition The A to Z of the Shakers (2009), and Tyringham Shakers (2013). He is an overseer at Hancock Shaker Village and a trustee of Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village. His great treasure, however, is to count the Shakers as his friends. Starting at Canterbury and continuing at Sabbathday he has had the privilege to be caught up in the work of Shakerism as a spiritual force that can still transform lives. He lives in Massachusetts where he teaches mathematics.

Reception and refreshments 5:30 p.m.
Lecture 6-7 p.m


Free with Museum admission


Thursday, August 13, 2015 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm