Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon was awarded $41,500 from the New York State Council on the Arts to celebrate and explore the Shakers’ ideas and engagement around suffrage and women’s rights, and the lives of the Shaker sisters who lived at Mount Lebanon. The museum is planning an exhibition, walking tour, public programs, and an academic symposium co-presented with Bard College at Simon’s Rock in 2017 on these topics. The grant was announced by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo last week as a part of funding from the state’s Regional Economic Development Councils intended to jumpstart the economy and create jobs.
2017 marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York State. New York was three years ahead of the nation in granting women the right to vote. The Shakers were even further ahead of their time: in 1888, an elder publicly advocated an all-female Senate to balance the all-male House of Representatives.