Adult Programs

Adult Programs

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THE SHAKER STORY TOUR

1.5 hours

The Shakers strove to create a perfect community, using modern technology and innovative ideas to ensure that their experiment in communal religious life was successful for more than 200 years. Learn about the Shakers’ key beliefs of work and worship during this overview of life at Canterbury Shaker Village.

 

A VISIT FROM 1860

1 hour

Meet a neighbor of the Shakers from 1860 and ask the costumed interpreter questions about the Shakers and daily life in rural New Hampshire. Discussion is augmented with reproductions of Shaker-made artifacts. (Available as onsite program or outreach.)

 

CANTERBURY SHAKER VILLAGE: 200 YEARS OF SHAKER HISTORY

1 hour

This lecture-style presentation introduces the Canterbury Shakers and explores aspects of their daily life, work, and worship, highlighted by PowerPoint slides. Shakers resided at Canterbury for 200 years – learn why Shakerism was the most successful utopian experiment in America. (Available as onsite program or outreach.)

 

SHAPING THE LAND

1 hour

The Shakers shaped the Village to create a prosperous community that they viewed as “Heaven on Earth.” Examine the landscape and learn about the decisions that the Shakers made – from planting trees and laying out gardens to building rock walls and creating an elaborate millpond system.

 

CABINETRY & WOODWORK

1 hour

Take in-depth look at the beautiful woodworking in the Shakers’ 1793 Dwelling House. This program explores the concept of “Hands to work, hearts to God” and the Shakers’ belief that all work was prayer, leading to a reputation for quality workmanship that is still unsurpassed today.

 

‘THE GATE BETWEEN TWO WORLDS’: SPIRITUALISM AND THE CANTERBURY SHAKERS

1 hour

Today, we enjoy telling ghost stories, reveling in a well-timed fright or harrowing tale. To the Shakers, however, the spiritual world was an important part of community life. Learn about the growth of spiritualism as part of Shaker religion and hear firsthand accounts of otherworldly encounters.

 

THE SHAKERS & PHOTOGRAPHY

1 hour

From the 1860s on, the Shakers embraced photography, using photographs to market and advertise themselves to the public as well as to document community life. Many of the brothers and sisters at Canterbury became avid amateur photographers who documented all aspects of community life.