Shaker Heritage Society

Shaker Heritage Society The Shaker Heritage Society works to preserve the site of America's site Shaker settlement, founded in 1776. Explore our historical Meeting House and wander the grounds of the Church Family, including Ann Lee Pond, and be sure to visit our museum shop!
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Site of the first Shaker community. Nine historic buildings, herb garden, walking trails. Small museum with a great gift shop in a bucolic setting adjacent to Albany Airport.

Mission: The mission of the Shaker Heritage Society is to strengthen our community through educational programs and historic preservation focused on the Shaker ideals of sustainability, equality, compassion, cooperation, and the pursuit of a meaningful life.

We'll have a table at Colonie Senior Service Centers, Inc.'s RSVP Volunteer Opportunity Fair next week, be sure to stop ...
05/15/2019

We'll have a table at Colonie Senior Service Centers, Inc.'s RSVP Volunteer Opportunity Fair next week, be sure to stop by and say hello!

Congratulations to former SHS director Starlyn D'Angelo, who was presented with an Award of Merit at the annual Museum A...
05/13/2019

Congratulations to former SHS director Starlyn D'Angelo, who was presented with an Award of Merit at the annual Museum Association of New York Conference on Monday, April 8th. The Award of Merit for Individual Achievement recognizes individuals who are instrumental in moving their organizations forward over a sustained period. The committee recognized Starlyn for the volume and scope of work she completed in her tenure as Executive Director, her tireless motivation and significant achievements at the Shaker Heritage Society that will have lasting benefits for generations to come.

This day is pretty close to perfection
05/08/2019

This day is pretty close to perfection

Welcome back to an old friend!
05/08/2019

Welcome back to an old friend!

Still looking for a perfect Mother's Day gift? Our Museum Shop is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-4pm!
05/04/2019

Still looking for a perfect Mother's Day gift? Our Museum Shop is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-4pm!

We had a busy and productive Hands to Work Day this past weekend, clearing the grounds, fixing fences, and learning how ...
05/01/2019

We had a busy and productive Hands to Work Day this past weekend, clearing the grounds, fixing fences, and learning how to properly clean gravestones. Special thanks to historical preservationists C.R. and Sue Jones for teaching us!

Keep your eyes peeled for information about our next Hands to Work Day in May 31st!

Thank you so much to the fifth grade girls of The Albany Academies for all your assistance in preparing materials for fu...
04/29/2019

Thank you so much to the fifth grade girls of The Albany Academies for all your assistance in preparing materials for future events! We hope you enjoyed your visit, and please visit us again soon!

04/27/2019
#shakerlight
04/25/2019

#shakerlight

It may be cloudy and cool out, but it’s still a lovely day to visit us at the Shaker Heritage Society! Museum and shop...
04/24/2019

It may be cloudy and cool out, but it’s still a lovely day to visit us at the Shaker Heritage Society! Museum and shop open until 4 PM, grounds open for exploring until dusk. #shakerheritagesociety

Public comments regarding proposed changes to the process of listing property to the National Register are critically im...
04/22/2019
Protect the National Register

Public comments regarding proposed changes to the process of listing property to the National Register are critically important right now. Click for more information

Proposed changes to the National Register of Historic Places are bad for historic sites and the communities that benefit from them. Raise your voice to speak out against these changes.

Letting in some fresh spring air this morning!
04/19/2019

Letting in some fresh spring air this morning!

Name that pup!
04/09/2019

Name that pup!

Meet the newest member of the #shakervillageky family! When we met this Pyrenees pup, we knew he would be a great addition, not only as ambassador for Shaker Village, but as a valuable member of The Farm team. One problem though—we need to name him! Help us out by making recommendations for names below! Our team will announce which name we’ve chosen by the beginning of next week.

Photo Credit: Michael Moore

Sage Tidbits of Cleaning Advice I Learned from the Shakers
04/09/2019
Sage Tidbits of Cleaning Advice I Learned from the Shakers

Sage Tidbits of Cleaning Advice I Learned from the Shakers

Shakers believed that cleanliness was next to Godliness, and focused on creating efficient living and work spaces that were easy to maintain. What can we learn from these paragons of order and tidiness? Here are a few tiny takeaways… Simplicity Breeds Cleanliness Shakers didn’t even hang art...

SHS is a proud collaborator on a new Shaker-inspired exhibit, Everyday Perfection, opening at the Albany International A...
03/22/2019

SHS is a proud collaborator on a new Shaker-inspired exhibit, Everyday Perfection, opening at the Albany International Airport Gallery this weekend!

"Shaker culture is embedded in the trajectory of the Airport itself, which was built upon the early Watervliet Shaker settlement. Its history is very much our own.” - Kathy Greenwood, exhibit curator and director of the Art & Culture Program.

Pictured:
Kate Hamilton, On the Verge of Merge, 2019
Amie Cunat, Room With Hangers, 2019

Happy First Day of Spring! While the grounds are not yet green, the gift shop is blooming! Our shop and exhibits are ope...
03/20/2019

Happy First Day of Spring! While the grounds are not yet green, the gift shop is blooming! Our shop and exhibits are open 10-4 Tuesday-Saturday!

Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village
03/19/2019

Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village

They are a day early for Spring but we'll gladly take it! Good morning, snowdrops!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!Scotch-Irish American Richard McNemar converted to the Shaker faith in 1805, and went on to play...
03/17/2019

Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Scotch-Irish American Richard McNemar converted to the Shaker faith in 1805, and went on to play an instrumental role in the founding of Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill and Union Village Shaker Settlement. He has been called the "Father of Shaker Music", and authored the first bound book published by the Shakers.

03/08/2019

"Woman possesses latent powers that need to be brought into action, both for her own benefit and the good of humanity.”
Antoinette Doolittle, Mount Lebanon “Shakeress on American Institutions” from the Shaker Manifesto, 1881
(Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon)

#IWD2019

On Wednesday, March 6, Lorraine Weiss from the Shaker Heritage Society will discuss some of the key women in the Watervl...
03/01/2019
BETHLEHEM LIBRARY: Communicating across the aisle

On Wednesday, March 6, Lorraine Weiss from the Shaker Heritage Society will discuss some of the key women in the Watervliet Shaker Community, a group that was ahead of its time in treating men and women as equal. “In Her Rightful Place: Women in Shaker Society” will take place from 1-2 p.m.

Let’s talk about the state of civil discourse in this country. Many of us would agree that the “civil” part is frequently lacking. Enter the Better Angels organization. This bipartisan citizen’s mo…

Call for church to honour Shaker leader
02/25/2019
Call for church to honour Shaker leader

Call for church to honour Shaker leader

A civic group yesterday called for the charismatic leader of a religious group which flourished in the US for almost 200 years to be honoured in the British city of her birth.

Loving the sunshine today!
02/15/2019

Loving the sunshine today!

An avian visitor spotted on the grounds this afternoon!
02/04/2019

An avian visitor spotted on the grounds this afternoon!

A beautiful photo of the barn a few months before the manure shed was stabilized.
02/04/2019

A beautiful photo of the barn a few months before the manure shed was stabilized.

Thought I'd share this photo I took as the sun rose this morning...barn roof looks great!

Check out this post from our neighbors at Hancock Shaker Village! Featuring our own Mother Ann and Eldress Anna Case
02/03/2019

Check out this post from our neighbors at Hancock Shaker Village! Featuring our own Mother Ann and Eldress Anna Case

This scrap is said to be a piece from Mother Ann’s dress. This and an accompanying note were given to Faith and Edward Andrews by Anna Case, leading eldress at Niskayuna. Fabric is uneven stripe of white, brown and blue wool warp in a twill weave. Linen weft. Piece bound with white, cotton, bias tape, attached to a piece of paper with faded handwritten inscription which reads, ‘This little piece of cloth is a choice relic a piece of our dear Mother Ann Lee's dress...”. WOW!

Beautiful!
02/02/2019

Beautiful!

Sweet table decor 😍

A Plain and Simple Place
01/29/2019

A Plain and Simple Place

01/26/2019
Natalie Merchant - If No One Ever Marries Me

Natalie singing in the Meeting House in 2009

Erik Della Penna and Gabriel Gordon rehearse "If No One Ever Marries Me" with Natalie inside the historic 1848 Shaker Meeting Hall in Albany, NY in preparati...

Anna Case, knitting. Watervliet, c. 1911Eldress Anna joined the Watervliet Shaker community at the age of 12, and lived ...
01/10/2019

Anna Case, knitting. Watervliet, c. 1911
Eldress Anna joined the Watervliet Shaker community at the age of 12, and lived as a member of the South Family for 70 years. She was the last Eldress of that Family, which closed after her death in 1928.

Shaker Heritage Barn
01/08/2019

Shaker Heritage Barn

Sunny winter afternoon at our barn!!

Time flies! The Albany Times Union's "Looking Back" highlights the approval 50 years ago for funding of a new nursing fa...
01/02/2019
Looking Back

Time flies! The Albany Times Union's "Looking Back" highlights the approval 50 years ago for funding of a new nursing facility to replace the Ann Lee Home at the Shaker Site. Today, the "new" nursing home is undergoing a major renovation, and the Ann Lee property is leased by Soldier On. We look forward to welcoming new neighbors at the site in the future!
https://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Looking-Back-13499046.php

On this date in ... 1918: Thomas Mullen and Thomas Schreck, who roomed at 30 Trinity Place, were arrested in connection with the death of William Hallenbeck, who was found dead at his home at 22 Trinity Place on Christmas Day. Hallenbeck's father swore out the complaint after the autopsy results rev...

Address

25 Meeting House Rd
Albany, NY
12211

Adjacent to Albany International Airport, CDTA

General information

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10am-4pm. Guests are also welcome to walk the grounds from dawn to dusk everyday. Leashed dogs are welcome but please clean up after them.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(518) 456-7890

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