North America – All Shook Up

North American readers may be interested in a current exhibition at New York State Museum showing the Shakers enormous influence on North American culture.

ethnicityThe Shakers were radical in their attitudes toward equality. (Shaker Heritage Society)

In the 1770s, the Shakers launched a revolution parallel to that of the North American colonists against British rule. As they sought religious freedom, Shakers’ spiritual beliefs and communal lifestyle set them in opposition to society. Later their product innovations and marketing skill seemed ‘revolutionary’ to the outside world.

shaker_meeting_house_interior_01aShaker Meeting House, Hancock, Berkshire County, MA.

The Shakers, America’s Quiet Revolutionaries runs until the 6th of March, 2016.

Jack Plane

About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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9 Responses to North America – All Shook Up

  1. Eric R says:

    The Shakers were a special breed.


  2. Brian L says:

    Kind of ironic that I am first hearing about this exhibit here since it is in my backyard! Worth the trip from anywhere.


  3. Tim C says:

    My favorite museum. They don’t get upset about us getting up close and personal with the furniture.


  4. jacon4 says:

    As the only known furniture form that’s uniquely American, i have always admired the flawless, really stunning workmanship as well as their design.


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