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.

On this day in 1954, Ellis Island closed. Over the course of 62 years, nearly 12 million immigrants passed through its d...
11/12/2019

On this day in 1954, Ellis Island closed. Over the course of 62 years, nearly 12 million immigrants passed through its doors. Although Ann Lee and her followers immigrated to the US over 100 years before the establishment this center, their experiences of discrimination and persecution mirrored those of many new Americans.
Photos all courtesy of the NYPL The New York Public Library

Even as the days get shorter, we can still look forward to a little Shaker light to get us through the cold months!
11/11/2019

Even as the days get shorter, we can still look forward to a little Shaker light to get us through the cold months!

Elegant hand-painted glassware from Unique Expressions by MB at the 2019 Shaker Holiday Market
11/10/2019

Elegant hand-painted glassware from Unique Expressions by MB at the 2019 Shaker Holiday Market

Beautiful fall colors on display at this Shaker Heritage Barn wedding! https://shakerheritagebarn.com/blog//late-fall-ba...
11/10/2019
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Beautiful fall colors on display at this Shaker Heritage Barn wedding!
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Shaker Heritage Barn, Albany, New York Late fall barn weddings truly have our hearts! Not only because we have a stunning barn at Shaker Heritage, but there’s nothing more perfectly fall than an outdoor wedding space filled with folliage, beautiful grounds and amazing people! These two brought the

Saturday Morning Shaker Recipe: Canterbury Squash CakesSoften 1/2 teaspoon yeast in 1/4 cup lukewarm water. Add 1 well-b...
11/09/2019

Saturday Morning Shaker Recipe: Canterbury Squash Cakes
Soften 1/2 teaspoon yeast in 1/4 cup lukewarm water.
Add 1 well-beaten egg, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon butter, and 1 cup scalded milk to 1 cup mashed, well-drained boiled winter squash. Cool to lukewarm. Add yeast and 1 cup flour. Cover and let rise in warm place overnight.
Shape into biscuits and let rise about 20 minutes. Bake on a greased cooky sheet in moderate 350 oven 12 to 15 minutes. Makes 1 1/2 dozen cakes.
-Adapted from The Best of Shaker Cooking, Amy Bess Miller & Persis Fuller
Photo by Melanie Hughes on Unsplash

On frosty evenings, nothing can beat a steaming bowl of hearty soup. Pick up a pack from Healthy Gourmet Kitchen at the ...
11/07/2019

On frosty evenings, nothing can beat a steaming bowl of hearty soup. Pick up a pack from Healthy Gourmet Kitchen at the 2019 Shaker Holiday Market!

It’s time for another volunteer highlight! Betsy Kindlon had a family member who was volunteering here, and encouraged...
11/06/2019

It’s time for another volunteer highlight! Betsy Kindlon had a family member who was volunteering here, and encouraged her to give it a try. She admires the Shakers for how they helped those especially in need, such as orphans. While she admits it’s a little outside the Capital Region, her favorite restaurant is Mountain View Brasserie in Greenville. Thank you for all your help and support, Betsy!
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Tuesday Trivia: On this day in 1872, Susan B. Anthony defied the law to vote in the Presidential election. Shaker commun...
11/05/2019

Tuesday Trivia: On this day in 1872, Susan B. Anthony defied the law to vote in the Presidential election.
Shaker communities generally did not vote, but women were recognized as co-equal leaders within their communities. For nearly 40 years combined, Mother Ann Lee and Mother Lucy Wright were the unequivocal leaders of the Shakers in both faith and governance.

A sure sign of fall: the birds have all fledged and left their empty nest behind.
11/04/2019

A sure sign of fall: the birds have all fledged and left their empty nest behind.

Gorgeous handwoven goods from The Beginning Shop at the 2019 Shaker Holiday Market!
11/03/2019

Gorgeous handwoven goods from The Beginning Shop at the 2019 Shaker Holiday Market!

Saturday Morning Shaker Recipe: Corn ChowderIn a soup pot fry 1 diced medium onion and 1/2 pound diced bacon until crisp...
11/02/2019

Saturday Morning Shaker Recipe: Corn Chowder
In a soup pot fry 1 diced medium onion and 1/2 pound diced bacon until crisp. Drain off half the bacon fat. Add 2 diced medium potatoes, 2 cups corn kernels, and white wine to cover. Simmer the chowder until the potatoes are soft. Add 1 quart of milk, and season with salt and pepper. Puree 1 cup of chowder in a blender and return the puree to the soup pot. Serve.
-Adapted from Cooking in the Shaker Spirit, James Haller & Jeffrey Paige
*Photo by Anastasiia Vasileva on Unsplash

Gravestone cleaning at the Shaker Cemetery: "Before" on the right, "After" on the left. Check out our page tomorrow morn...
10/31/2019

Gravestone cleaning at the Shaker Cemetery: "Before" on the right, "After" on the left. Check out our page tomorrow morning for a short tutorial!

We’d like to introduce you to Jan O’Farrell, a longtime and loyal volunteer here at SHS. Before she retired from her...
10/31/2019

We’d like to introduce you to Jan O’Farrell, a longtime and loyal volunteer here at SHS. Before she retired from her job as a fourth grade teacher, Jan loved bringing her students here for field trips. She loves sharing the fact that the Shakers always took care of others, even if they weren’t Shaker themselves. And when she’s not volunteering, she loves going to shows at Proctors! Thank you for your dedication, Jan!
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Take your pick of spooky or serene with  Mountain Dolls now vending at the 2019 Shaker Holiday Market!
10/31/2019

Take your pick of spooky or serene with Mountain Dolls now vending at the 2019 Shaker Holiday Market!

They look good enough to eat!https://www.facebook.com/HomeSewnFeltPlayfoods/posts/1378373402332546
10/29/2019

They look good enough to eat!

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Taco Tuesday! What??!!! That's right it's Taco Tuesday so celebrate with our HomeSewn "Let's Make a Taco" Playset! Available now at the Shaker Heritage Society Holiday Market. Open Mon- Sat 10am - 4pm, Thursdays 10am - 8pm now through December 20th!

Tuesday Trivia: Although they didn't trick or treat, Shakers definitely believed in ghosts. They even believed that Sist...
10/29/2019

Tuesday Trivia: Although they didn't trick or treat, Shakers definitely believed in ghosts. They even believed that Sisters and Brethren could sometimes channel the spirits of angels, past Shakers, and other important historical figures. These "gifts" were often expressed as written prose and beautiful illustrations.

Fallen pine needles are a perfect mulch to tuck in our Shaker Herb Garden for the winter.
10/28/2019

Fallen pine needles are a perfect mulch to tuck in our Shaker Herb Garden for the winter.

Beautiful (and functional!) pottery from Pinewoods Potters at the 2019 Shaker Holiday Market!
10/27/2019

Beautiful (and functional!) pottery from Pinewoods Potters at the 2019 Shaker Holiday Market!

Saturday Morning Shaker Recipe: Shaker Daily LoafDissolve 1 tsp yeast in 1/8 cup warm waterScald 1 cup milk with 1 table...
10/26/2019

Saturday Morning Shaker Recipe: Shaker Daily Loaf
Dissolve 1 tsp yeast in 1/8 cup warm water
Scald 1 cup milk with 1 tablespoon butter, 1 tablespoon sugar and 1 teaspoon salt and stir until well mixed. When lukewarm, add yeast.
Gradually add 3 or 3 1/2 cups of flour until sponge is stiff enough so it does not stick to hands. Place in buttered bowl and brush top with soft butter. Let rise to double its bulk.
Knead lightly this time and shape into loaf in pan. Again brush with soft butter and let rise to twice its bulk.
Bake in a moderate (350) oven for 50 minutes. Test loaf by tapping top; if it sounds hollow, the loaf is done.
Remove from pan immediately. Cover lightly, for steam must escape. This is an excellent loaf of wholesome, crusty bread.
-Adapted from The Shaker Cookbook, Caroline B. Piercy
Photo by Kate Kozyrka on Unsplash

10/25/2019
Hello from the Shaker Site!

We're inviting you to send us your questions about Shaker history, and about the Watervliet Shaker Site here in Colonie!

We're getting into the holiday spirit! We know, it's not even Halloween - but just look at these ornaments from  Genovef...
10/24/2019

We're getting into the holiday spirit! We know, it's not even Halloween - but just look at these ornaments from Genoveffa's Adorable Adornments at the 2019 Shaker Holiday Market!

We wouldn’t be able to run smoothly without the help of our volunteers, so we’d like to introduce you to them! First...
10/23/2019

We wouldn’t be able to run smoothly without the help of our volunteers, so we’d like to introduce you to them!
First, meet Betsy McCormick: She grew up in Colonie and has always been aware of the Shaker Heritage Society, and started volunteering after taking a weaving class taught by Lori Carter-Secreti, a longtime SHS volunteer and vendor. Her favorite thing about the Shakers is how they were a working community. And when she’s not volunteering with us, Betsy loves to bike along the Mohawk River. Thank you for being a loyal volunteer, Betsy!
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Aaaaand, we're off! The 2019 Shaker Holiday Market officially opened for the season today! We hope we'll see you here so...
10/22/2019

Aaaaand, we're off! The 2019 Shaker Holiday Market officially opened for the season today! We hope we'll see you here soon, and don't forget we have extended hours until 8pm on Thursdays!

Tuesday Trivia: Rosemary is just one of the many useful plants in our Shaker herb garden. Shakers grew a variety of medi...
10/22/2019

Tuesday Trivia: Rosemary is just one of the many useful plants in our Shaker herb garden. Shakers grew a variety of medicinal herbs and made syrups, tinctures, and other medicines for sale to "The World". Some of the cold and cough remedies you can find here: coltsfoot, comfrey, white daisy, garlic, hollyock, peony, sage, and scabbish, just to name a few!

A little splash of fall color at the Shaker Site.
10/21/2019

A little splash of fall color at the Shaker Site.

Shaker Heritage Barn is an authentic (and affordable!) place for your barn wedding!https://www.facebook.com/shakerherita...
10/20/2019
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Shaker Heritage Barn is an authentic (and affordable!) place for your barn wedding!
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Planning your #AlbanyEverAfter and want to keep it affordable, but still dreamy? Keep reading for out-of-the-box ideas from local wedding experts!

Featuring tips and tricks from local wedding professionals at Carey Institute for Global Good, Pruyn House, Fort Orange General Store, The Century House, and Shaker Heritage Barn.

Saturday Morning Shaker Recipe: Apple Fritters Make a batter, not very stiff, with one quart of milk, three eggs, and fl...
10/19/2019

Saturday Morning Shaker Recipe: Apple Fritters
Make a batter, not very stiff, with one quart of milk, three eggs, and flour to bring to a right consistency. Pare and core a dozen large apples and chop them to about the size of a small pea, and mix them well in the batter. Fry them in lard as you would doughnuts. For trimmings use powdered sugar.
-Shaker Recipes for Cooks and Homemakers

Note: You can substitute vegetable oil for lard in this recipe! Use enough to just cover the fritters as they fry and make sure it's hot (but not smoking) before you add the fritters or they will be soggy!

This lumber milled by the @northeasternwoodworkers comes from a three-trunk cherry tree. Each band represents one year o...
10/18/2019

This lumber milled by the @northeasternwoodworkers comes from a three-trunk cherry tree. Each band represents one year of growth, and woodworkers call these lines "figuring".

Getting ready for the 2019 Shaker Holiday Market! With Designs by 'Dre and Barbara Weingart!
10/17/2019

Getting ready for the 2019 Shaker Holiday Market! With Designs by 'Dre and Barbara Weingart!

Instruments are arranged and ready for the Moonbow event starting now!
10/13/2019

Instruments are arranged and ready for the Moonbow event starting now!

Check out these great photos from last week’s Shaker Your Plate fundraiser!
10/03/2019

Check out these great photos from last week’s Shaker Your Plate fundraiser!

Last week was a blast as I was able to attend and photograph the Shaker Heritage Society's fundraiser event: Shaker Your Plate!

Attendees were able to learn more about the Church Family Site as a community center. Everyone enjoyed a fun cooking instruction from Sunhee's Farm and Kitchen, artisan demonstrations, live music, and more!

Thank you to the students from the Annur Islamic School for visiting us today! They learned about broom making in our br...
10/02/2019

Thank you to the students from the Annur Islamic School for visiting us today! They learned about broom making in our broom workshop, then made Shaker seed packets and tried weaving on a loom! If you’d like to bring your students to our site, send us a message to make arrangements!
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As October begins, we’re fondly thinking back to September weddings in our Barn! Check out Shaker Heritage Barn for mo...
10/01/2019

As October begins, we’re fondly thinking back to September weddings in our Barn! Check out Shaker Heritage Barn for more beautiful event photos.

Posted @withrepost • @shakerheritagebarn We love sunflowers!!! @caitlinmillerphotography
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Thank you to everyone who joined us for Shaker Your Plate last night! Special thanks to our craft demonstrations, and to...
09/27/2019

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Shaker Your Plate last night! Special thanks to our craft demonstrations, and to Sunhee's Farm and Kitchen for the cooking demonstration! We’re already excited for next year’s event!
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Tonight is our annual Shaker Your Plate fundraiser, and our Barn is looking extra spiffy for the occasion! Hope to see y...
09/26/2019

Tonight is our annual Shaker Your Plate fundraiser, and our Barn is looking extra spiffy for the occasion! Hope to see you tonight for delicious cooking and beautiful craft demonstrations, silent auction, and dinner provided by Sunhee’s Farm and Kitchen.
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Looking for a lovely and historic setting for your next meeting or gathering? You could host your event right here at th...
09/25/2019

Looking for a lovely and historic setting for your next meeting or gathering? You could host your event right here at the Shaker Heritage Society! Here’s the Bethlehem Garden Club holding their annual meeting in our Meeting House.
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09/19/2019

Come Sing in Our House is a new program here at SHS where we invite local choirs and singing groups to fill our Meeting House with music. Last night, we hosted Albany Sacred Harp, who are dedicated to keeping the tradition of shape note music alive. Learn more about them on their website: http://www.albanysacredharp.org/
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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

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 20:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone

+15184567890

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