Less than 20 years after their founding in Manchester, England, in 1758, the Shakers immigrated to America and spread across New England, New York, Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana. Organized by the Hancock Shaker Village—a historic site in Pittsfield, MA, dedicated to the group’s history—this Terra Foundation-supported exhibition tells two stories through its presentation of more than 190 Shaker objects, including crafts and household artifacts. First, through a recognizable aesthetic and style of crafts, it recounts the story of the religious movement, commonly known as the Shakers. Second, it examines the role of Faith and Edward Andrews—avid collectors, dealers, and ultimately scholars—in the preservation of the Shaker heritage from the 1920s to the 1960s. Their vast collection, now donated, forms the nucleus of the holdings at the Hancock Shaker Village.
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