Learn about the religious group called the Shakers who came from England to the U.S. in the late 1700s. View many photographs of former Shaker villages that reveal clues about their daily life. Includes historical and biographical information about this religious group and its members. There are also images of furniture and crafts made by Shakers, plus a link to an eThemes Resource on a literature book about Shakers.
Who Were the Shakers?
Read about the history of the Shakers.
The Religious Movements Homepage: The Shakers
This site from the University of Virginia contains information about the history, beliefs, and manuscripts of Shakers. Several of the links at the bottom are broken.
Shakers and Shakerism: A Research Guide
The New York Public Library page has bibliographies for several books about the Shakers.
A Brief History of the Enfield Shaker Village
Learn about this former Shaker village in New Hampshire that is now a museum.
Canterbury Shaker Village Buildings
Here is an overview of buildings of Canterbury Shaker Village.
Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village
Learn about this Shaker village in Maine where a few members still remain today.
Fruitlands Museums: Shaker Museum
Click on "Interactive Map" and then the "Shaker Museum." Includes photographs and the history of this Shaker community in Harvard, Massachusetts.
Shaker Museum and Library
Read about the history of Shakers from this Shaker museum in New York. Includes photographs of Shaker furniture from different Shaker communities.
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
Learn more about this Shaker village in Kentucky.
Thomas Hampson: I Hear America Singing
This is a brief discussion of the Shaker musical tradition.
National Gallery of Art: Shaker Crafts from the Index of American Design
View items made by Shakers such as weavings, rugs, baskets, clothing, and pieces of furniture in this online tour of the museum's exhibits.
American Memory: Shaker Document
This actual Shaker document from the Library of Congress explains some of the Shaker beliefs.
eThemes Resource: Literature: "A Day No Pigs Would Die" by Robert Newton Peck
These sites are about "A Day No Pigs Would Die" by Robert Newton Peck. Includes biographies on the author, book summaries, discussion questions, suggested activities, and online quizzes. There is also a link to an eThemes Resource on Shakers.
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