Senator Maggie Hassan Champions Canterbury Shaker Village

Senator Maggie Hassan recently visited Canterbury Shaker Village to announce that she is leading an effort to designate it as a National Historic Area. “This designation would allow this cultural staple to receive up to $1 million annually in federal funds and show our country the pride that New Hampshire takes in our rich history,” said the Senator.

“We are profoundly grateful to Senator Hassan for being such a strong advocate for The Village,” said Executive Director Leslie Nolan, who led her on a tour of the property. “If successful, this designation will be instrumental in preserving the Shaker legacy for generations to come.”

In addition to touring the Meeting House, Dwelling House, and Laundry, Senator Hassan received a sneak preview of Wilderness: Light Sizzles Around Me, an exhibition by renowned artist Lesley Dill that runs May 28 – September 11. Featuring sculptures and two-dimensional works more than a decade in the making, the exhibition represents Dill’s ongoing investigation into the significant voices and personas of America’s past, including Mother Ann Lee, founder of the Shakers.

“We are thrilled to feature her work in our beautiful Hubbard Gallery, a space that lends itself to exhibits of this magnitude,” added Nelson.

About Canterbury Shaker Village
Featuring 694 acres of forests, fields, gardens, nature trails, and mill ponds under permanent conservation easement, the Village is designated as a National Historic Landmark with 25 restored original Shaker buildings and 4 reconstructed Shaker buildings. In addition to tours, exhibits, and programs, Canterbury Shaker Village provides wonderful, relaxing, and beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces for weddings and events.

Canterbury Shaker Village is a member of the NH Heritage Museum Trail, which connects the public with culturally rich heritage institutions in New Hampshire. For more information about The Trail, visit