Upcoming Programs & Events

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North Family Shakers Cemetery Tour
Saturday, November 1, 2014
$10 - Free for Museum Members + Students (w/ valid ID)

...And since man loved his body well, 
He takes good care of the old shell -
He thinks 'twill resurrected be
When Gabriel sounds the reveille.
Meantime he seeks the grave's repose,
There quietly to decompose..."
-Brother Louis Basting, Hancock Shaker Village 
Taken from "The Shaker," 1877.

This poem from the Shaker monthly periodical reflects a specific point in time, when it comes to the Shakers' relationship with death. Like so many Shaker beliefs, their thoughts on death and dying evolved.

This All Saints' Day, join Museum Coordinator 
Wyatt Erchak for a special 1 1/2 hour walking tour to the North Family Shaker Cemetery. Learn about the present and the past of the Shakers' views on the end of life, while touring one of Mount Lebanon's many cemeteries, still owned by the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, or Shakers. 

Admission $10 - Free for Museum Members, donations appreciated. Pre-registration not required, but encouraged.

Click here to register and reserve your tour spot!

Rock My Religion: A Discussion Series
P. Thomas Carroll, Lori Zippay, and Dan Graham

On Friday, September 12, and Saturday, September 13, the Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon will host a series of special guest speakers to present on various topics centered around the theme of Rock My Religion, a 55-minute art video created in 1982/4 by multimedia artist Dan Graham. The event series will be capped by our annual Benefit Gala, being held this year in the historic Shaker Tannery. More information on our Gala can be found below.

All three events are free for Museum members and students with valid ID, and will be held in the North Family Wash House.

Friday, Sept 12, 6PM | $20 | P. Thomas Carroll

P. Thomas Carroll is an cultural historian and scientist who has taught at RPI in the Department of Science and Technology Studies. He has served as the Executive Director for the Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway, operator of the Burden Iron Works Museum. Dr. Carroll has worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and his published work includes articles in Science and Nature, and contributions to a collection of Charles Darwin's correspondence.

Saturday, Sept 13, 10:30AM | $20 | Lori Zippay

Lori Zippay is Executive Director of Electronic Arts Intermix, Inc., a non-profit that that fosters the creation, exhibition, distribution and preservation of media art. She was involved with EAI and Rock My Religion when the work was created in 1984. 

Saturday, Sept 13, 1PM | $35 | Dan Graham

Dan Graham is a writer, curator, and artist in many media.  His 1984 work Rock My Religion draws a narrative line from Mother Ann Lee of the Shakers to the development of rock and roll and individual voices such as Patti Smith. In 2014, he was selected to create the Rooftop Garden Commission at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Rock My Religion
Celebration and Benefit Gala
September 13, 2014

Opening at the Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon August 29, Dan Graham's 1984 art video Rock My Religion explores the connection between ecstatic religious practices in American history and the development of rock-n-roll music and youth culture.

Drawing a line from Ann Lee, the founder of the Shakers, to rock icon Patti Smith, Graham presents a provocative take on the Shaker legacy.

Through September 22, the video will be shown in the North Family's 1854 Wash House, at Mount Lebanon Shaker Village.

On Saturday, September 13, the museum will host a day-long celebration of history, art, and music followed by a gala dinner and auction in the historic Shaker Tannery.

All proceeds will benefit the Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon.

Individual dinner tickets start at $400. Event sponsorships are available from $2,500 to $20,000.

If you are interested in purchasing a ticket to dinner, sponsoring this event by joining our benefit committee, or to make a donation to the museum if you cannot attend,
please click here for a printable form.

Please write to, or contact
Wyatt Erchak at 518-794-9100 x220 for more information.

We hope you can join us!

Mid-Season Mount Lebanon Work Day

The scaffolding on the Great Stone Barn is now down. Our season is halfway done. Visitors are coming to Mount Lebanon. But, we still have much to do!

Please join the Shaker Museum for a day as we work to clean and beautify the historic site, and clear brush from the Great Stone Barn. Volunteers are being sought to come out, whether for one hour or five! If you are able to lend us a hand or two, please RSVP to Wyatt Erchak at, or you can give him a call at 519-794-9100 x220.

Saturday, August 23

Wear comfortable shoes appropriate for physical, outdoors work. Light food may be supplied, but volunteers are encouraged to bring a lunch.

Meet the Artist Behind Utopian Benches

On the morning of Saturday, July 12 the creator of Utopian Benches, Francis Cape, will speak in the exhibition gallery in the North Family Wash House at Mount Lebanon Shaker Village.

Topics will include what inspired his work, its connection to the Shakers, and the processes and themes involved with its creation. Don't miss this chance to meet Francis Cape and learn from the artist himself! This marks the inaugural talk in a series of discussions hosted by the Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon.

Saturday, July 12
Free admission

For more information, give Wyatt a call at 518-794-9100 x220, or send him an email.

Exhibition Opening Celebration Evening

Please join the artist Francis Cape to celebrate the opening of Utopian Benches, and the accompanying exhibition of artifacts from the Museum's collections selected by the artist in the historic North Family Wash House.


Saturday, June 21
Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon
North Family Wash House

Conversation with Francis Cape in the gallery - 5:00PMAperitifs on the lawn - 6:00PMDinner in private homes - 7:00PM

$125 per person

If you are interested in attending this special event, please RSVP by June 13. To make your reservation by credit card, please visit our online store by clicking here.

Reservations can also be made by check. Please click here to open and print our invitation form, then mail it with your payment to the address specified.

If you have any questions, please contact Wyatt Erchak at, or by calling 518-794-9100 x220.

We hope to see you there!

Mount Lebanon Heritage HerbFest

Celebrate the herb heritage of Mount Lebanon, where the Shakers oversaw a robust herbal medicine industry, and its surroundings at the 2014 Mount Lebanon Heritage Herbfest! There will be a market, workshops, talks and more, all while providing tips for green living and teaching about local history.

For more information, find HerbFest on Facebook here, or contact:

If you are interested in helping out with the museum's HerbFest events, please contact us.


                                 Mount Lebanon Work Day

Come join the Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon in preparing and cleaning the North family historic site before opening for visitors!

On Saturday, May 31, the museum will host a work day in order to get Mount Lebanon ready for its summer season. Volunteers are being sought to clean up the buildings and grounds, as well as do light landscaping work around the site. Planned working hours are 9AM-1PM, though volunteers are welcome to work part-time. 

If you are available to volunteer, please RSVP to:


The Shakers: From Mount Lebanon to the World

Saturday, June 14 1:00PM
Farnsworth Auditorium, Farnsworth Art Museum16 Museum Street, Rockland, ME

In close collaboration with Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon, the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine is opening a major exhibition on the Shakers, with a specific focus on objects originating at Mount Lebanon itself. Exploring the many manifestations of Shaker ideas through the lens of Mount Lebanon as their spiritual and logistical center, the exhibition will display items illustrating the breadth and depth of Shaker design, and its influence on American culture.

While celebrating the history of the Shakers at Mount Lebanon in New York, the Farnsworth is also exhibiting objects from the communities of Maine in recognition of the state's own Shaker heritage. The Shaker villages of Alfred, Gorham, and Sabbathday Lake all produced remarkable pieces during the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. Sabbathday Lake continued into the 21st century, and is now the last remaining active Shaker community in the United States. Brother Arnold Hadd of Sabbathday Lake will open the exhibit with an introductory lecture.

For more information, click here.


The Great Stone Barn Project: Past, Present, Future

Tuesday, April 15 6:00PM
University Club at 141 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY
Monday, June 2 7:30PM
Stephentown Heritage Center at 4 Staples Road, Stephentown, NY

Learn more about the historic Great Stone Barn at Mount Lebanon and the Museum's exciting ongoing work to bring it back!  Museum Trustee Peter Watson will lead a talk about the history and design of this circa 1860 landmark structure and share photos and video from the successful first season of restoration work. 

FREE events

For more information on the June 2 presentation, contact Meredith Rhindress at

Current Online Exhibit

Celebrating National Women's History Month - A Shaker Sketchbook

Everyone has a story. Whether profound achievements or simple acts, great stories have something unexpected that is worth telling. In celebration of National Women's History Month, we feature the strange, funny, moving, yet not often told stories of 21 Shaker women. Read for yourself how extraordinary the stories of ordinary women can be. Each weekday in March a new biography will be featured. To view the exhibition, click here. To follow the exhibit progress on Facebook, click here.

Past Events

The Great Stone Barn Project: Past, Present, Future

Friday, February 21 & Tuesday, March 18

6:00PM-7:00PMNew Lebanon Public Library & Columbia County Historical Society

Learn more about the historic Great Stone Barn at Mount Lebanon and the Museum's exciting ongoing work to bring it back!  Museum Trustee Peter Watson will lead a talk about the history and design of this circa 1860 landmark structure and share photos and video from the successful first season of restoration work. 

FREE event.

Simplest Means: Exhibition Talk

Saturday, January 25

3:00PM - 4:00PMJeff Bailey Gallery625 W27th StreetNew York, NY 10001

A discussion of Simplest Means, an exhibition focusing on shared visual affinities between Shaker design and reductive art. Objects from the Shaker Museum|Mount Lebanon are exhibited with works by Joshua Marsh, Michelle Graber, Don Voisine, Nathlie Provosty, Seth Koen, Chile Fueki, Pete Schulte and Cary Smith. Jerry Grant, Director of Collections & Research will discuss the exhibition with Cary Smith, whose work is featured in the exhibition.

Inside the Meetinghouse

Saturday, October 191:00PM-2:00PMNorth Family, Mount Lebanon Shaker Village202 Shaker Road, New Lebanon, NY

This behind-the-scenes tour of the Meetinghouse brings you inside and upstairs to the attics of the Shakers iconic building. Learn about the architecture and prior uses of the remarkable structure from a Shaker sanctuary to the Darrow School's library.

Pre-Registration REQUIRED.

"Shaker Home" Members: FREEGeneral Members: $8; Non-Members $10

Passive Activism: Shaker Pacifists

Sunday, October 62:00PM - 3:00PMNorth Family, Mount Lebanon Shaker Village202 Shaker Road, New Lebanon, NY

We know the Shakers as pacifists, but what happened when those anti-war values came up against the American government during times of war? Learn about the Shakers' acts of civil disobedience and involvement in the Peace Movement on this one-hour walking tour of the North Family. "Shaker Stories" Members: FREEGeneral Members: $8; Non-Members $10

The Great Stone Barn Project: Past, Present, Future

Saturday, October 52:00PM-3:00PMNorth Family, Mount Lebanon Shaker Village202 Shaker Road, New Lebanon, NY

Explore the new exhibit on the Great Stone Barn Project with the exhibit creator; Peter Watson. Learn about the Shaker's innovative farming methods, construction techniques and how we are stabilizing the structure today after a devastating fire in the 1970s. "Shaker Home" Members: FREEGeneral Members: $8; Non Members $10

Highlights of A Collection

Friday, October 43:30PM -5:00PMNorth Family, Mount Lebanon Shaker Village202 Shaker Road, New Lebanon, NY

What makes a collection piece exceptional? What makes something quintessentially "Shaker?" Find out during this hands-on workshop with some of our finest examples of "Shaker."

Pre-Registration REQUIRED.

"Shaker Collections" Members: FREEGeneral Members: $25; Non-Members $40

Passive Activism: Shaker Feminists

Sunday, September 22 2:00PM - 3:00PMNorth Family, Mount Lebanon Shaker Village202 Shaker Road, New Lebanon, NY

Were Shakers "feminists?" What role did women play within Shaker communities? What role did they play in the women's rights movement? View the North Family from the perspective of the Sisters who lived there on this one-hour walking tour."Shaker Stories" Members: FREEGeneral Members: $8; Non-Members $10

39th Annual Shaker Seminar

July 24 - 28

Mount Lebanon Shaker Village

Shaker Seminar is a 4-day educational program that visits Shaker sites throughout the country on an annual basis. In 2013, Shaker Seminar will be centered at Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon, and will include behind-the-scenes tours of Shaker buildings owned by the museum as well as by the Darrow School. Each year, the seminar also features a number of enlightening lectures on various topics related to the Shakers and their history, material culture, arts and music. For information or registration please visit,

Heaven on Earth: Shakers, Religious Revival, and Social Reform in America

July 7 - 13 or July 14 - 20Hosted by Siena College, Albany, NY

A workshop for K-12 teachers examining the history, culture and legacy of the American Shakers offered by Siena College in Albany. In this NEH workshop teachers will engage in interactive seminars with scholars; investigate Shaker artifacts and primary documents at the New York State Museum and New York State Library and tour three historic sites including Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon, Watervliet Shaker Historic District and Hancock Shaker Village. For full program description and applications please visit,

A Country Dance and Dinner: Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon's Summer Benefit

Saturday, July 13

Mount Lebanon Shaker Village, Darrow School 6PM Champagne Reception    7PM Dinner

Join us for our annual benefit party under the tent for dinner and a country dance, featuring live music and dances led and called by The Zillionaires. After dinner there will be a live auction including works by Terry Winters, Melora Kuhn, Joshua Marsh and Eric Wolf. For more information about these artists click here. For more information on the Summer Benefit or to reserve tickets please contact, Caroline Correia, Education and Outreach Coordinator at or (518) 794 9100 x220.

2nd Annual Mount Lebanon HerbFest

Saturday, June 8, 9AM - 5PM

Hosted by Lebanon Valley Business AssociationAn all day festival at the Mount Lebanon Shaker Village featuring walks, talks, demonstrations and workshops around herbs in food, pharmacy, gardens and local Shaker history. Highlights from 2013 will include talks on the Shaker Herb business, research on the Shaker Swamp, agricultural land-use by Mount Lebanon Shakers, demonstrations of Shaker cooking and a guided walk of the recently cleared North Pastures. For more information, please visit

If you are interested in volunteering with the Shaker Museum for this event, please contact Caroline Correia, Assistant to the President at 518 794 9100 x220 or

Shaking Up Sundays: A Reading Group

Sundays, 2PM - March 10, April 14, May 12 Darrow School Library (Meetinghouse), New Lebanon, NY

Join the Shaker Museum for a discussion-based reading group on the Shakers and their radical, and often progressive ideas which shaped their way of life.March 10 - SpiritualismApril 14 - Pacifism May 12 - CelibacyReading material will be sent to participants prior to the group meeting.  $10 each or $25 for the series. Free to Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon Members.For more information about the reading group or to register please contact Caroline Correia, Assistant to the President at or (518) 794 9100 x220. To download a registration form click here.