Community, inclusion, innovation, integrity, conviction. What does it mean in this moment to have these values, which were essential Shaker values? The Shakers had conviction in a way of life that put the community above individual needs and desires. They planted extra in their gardens so they could feed those in the surrounding community who were hungry. Everything they created, whether it was beautiful furniture, innovative buildings, or strong communities, was underpinned by their value system.
A museum dedicated to the Shaker legacy works every day to preserve not just chairs and structures, but Shaker values. The best way to extend the Shaker legacy is to build communities that share those values. Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon is as much the people who come together around the museum and around the values it promotes, as it is the unparalleled collection we steward and the land and buildings at Mount Lebanon, the founding site of Shakerism.
We work very hard in our own lives to try to have more than we need so that we can share it with others. Our cultural institutions, which give us so much, can only ever operate and survive with the generosity of people who, like the Shakers, put aside something extra. The Shakers, who were so generous, now need the generosity of others to keep their legacy alive.
Be a part of our community and help Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon preserve the rich Shaker heritage. Please consider making a fully tax deductible gift to our 2017 Annual Fund. Your gift will support a variety of programming in 2018, including signage at the historic site, a new self-guided tour, opening more of the North Pasture hiking trail, workshops in woodworking, and talks by prominent Shaker scholars.
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