While Ethel Hudson, the last sister in residence at Canterbury Shaker Village, passed away in 1992, the Shaker legacy may never be more relevant than it is today.
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded $24,000 to Canterbury Shaker Village to develop a humanities-based program of historic site interpretation that connects Shaker tenets and history to contemporary human rights and social justice issues.
For about one hundred years, the Canterbury Shakers made their own rulers. Fashioned of planed wood and incised with rules—the markings along the edge—a ruler allowed for efficient and accurate recording and transfer of information.
By spring, staff at Canterbury Shaker Village expect to complete restoration of the Schoolhouse (c. 1823/63), a project made possible through key financial contributions, including a $10,000 grant from Daughters of the American Revolution. Begun in 2021, the multi-year project has included a new roof, repair and partial replacement of deteriorated clapboards, gutters, rainwater leaders, and other exterior features, along with repainting and restoration of 26 windows.
Canterbury Shaker Village has received two challenge gifts that will each match up to $5,000 in donations to its Annual Fund appeal from new donors. Matches from new donors will be capped at $500 per individual contribution.
For every meal the Shakers gave thanks. When you visit the dining room in the Dwelling House, you see two versions of the space: the older taken from an 1880s stereograph view, the newer reflecting Shaker practice in the 1940s onward. The Shakers ate in silence, with dishes of food placed between four people so that no one need speak to ask anyone to pass a dish.
On Saturday, Dec. 2 at 4:00 p.m., Symphony NH String Quartet will perform at Canterbury Shaker Village as part of Concert & Cocktails.
A themed evening, Concert & Cocktails concludes with a reception featuring appetizers by Lacey Tokash Catering and a Hot Bourbon signature drink by Cold Garden Distillery in the Village’s Hubbard Gallery at 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $75 and seating is limited for this special performance.
ne of Canterbury Shaker Village’s most popular offerings, Stone Wall Workshop returns one final time for the 2023 season on Saturday and Sunday, October 21 and 22, respectively. Providing participants with the unique opportunity to not just learn about history, but help restore it, the workshop is led by master stone artisan and mason Kevin Fife.
An historic Shaker woodworking shop will serve as backdrop to Canterbury Shaker Village’s Make a #3 Shaker Oval Box Workshop on Saturday, October 7, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Canterbury Shaker Village has launched its Annual Fund Campaign, a fund (and friend) raising effort designed to address gaps in its annual budget. For staff as well as members on the Board of Trustees, however, the Annual Fund Campaign also serves as a gentle reminder of the Village’s continued significance.