Shaker Museum and Library
Old Chatham, NY
The Shaker Museum and Library is located in Old Chatham, New York which is in rural Columbia County. The Shaker Museum and Library is the premier center for the interpretation and exhibition of Shaker life and culture.
The collection of the Shaker Museum and Library includes Shaker furniture, woodenware, textiles, tools and equipment, art, photographs, account books, and manuscript diaries. The Library is a unique research library with significant holdings in primary and secondary materials.
The Shaker Museum is open to the public on a seasonal basis with popular special events and educationsal programming. The Library is open year-round by appointment. Research in the object collection is available year-round by appointment.
The Mount Lebanon Project will unite America's most significant Shaker collection with the most significant Shaker site at Mount Lebanon Shaker Village in New Lebanon, New York. The World Monuments Fund designated the North Family site at Mount Lebanon to its 2004-2005 Watch List of the 100 Most Endangered Sites. The entire Mount Lebanon Shaker site was included in the World Monuments Fund's 2006-2007 list. The World Monuments Fund recognized that bringing the collection to Mount Lebanon will provide "an unparalleled resource for the study of the American Shaker movement, an important and fascinating aspect of American cultural, religious, and material history."
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