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Enfield, New Hampshire
Bringing Shaker History to the Public

The religious group known as the Shakers is today best known for its distinctive furniture and egalitarian beliefs. In the mid-nineteenth century, Shaker communities existed throughout the Northeast United States, Kentucky, and Ohio; today, many of those communities have transformed their Shaker-constructed buildings to become museums. One of these institutions, the Enfield Shaker Museum in Enfield, New Hampshire, is using a 2020 NEH CARES grant to develop online programs and resources that further its commitment to Shaker ideals of collaboration and community during a pandemic.

“The NEH allowed us to be pushed and not to fall. It made people think differently about what was possible.”

–Shirley Wajda, director

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