Tag: The Shakers

Introduction to Bird Identification and Field Walk at Mount Lebanon Historic Site, Sep 21

Blue-Headed Vireo at the museum’s property. By Chris Franks, Alan Devoe Bird Club.

Join Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon and Alan Devoe Bird Club in the first of a series of free workshops and bird walks at the Mount Lebanon historic site. Up to 100 species of birds are reported to potentially inhabit the woodlands and wetlands in the area of New Lebanon, NY where the Shakers once lived, and yet only 32 species have been identified since 2014. Help us get to 100!

Please bring your own binoculars and smart phones to the workshop and download the free app, Merlin Bird ID by Cornell Lab, onto your phone before arrival. New birders and walk-ins welcome!

Saturday, September 21, 2019 / 8am – 10pm

Mount Lebanon Historic Site
202 Shaker Rd
New Lebanon, NY 12125

Register here



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Monodic Flow (Field Totem), an Outdoor Art Installation in Hancock, MA

I was driving through Hancock, MA the other day, and saw an interesting art installation in a field at Hancock Shaker Village. The work is called Monodic Flow (Field Totem), by New York-based conceptual sculptor Marko Remec.

Monodic Flow features over 160 convex dome mirrors, 32 inches each, that “flow” over a 200-foot path down the hill.  The path of mirrors echoes the flow of water in the underground aqueducts that the Shakers laid in 1818 from a reservoir at the top of the hillside to the village below. Water then powered their machinery, supplied the laundry, and afterward drained into fields to water the cattle and livestock. Nothing was wasted by the Shakers, and the aqueduct is still in use today.

A monody is a song sung by a single voice. Early Shaker music was sung in unison without instrumental accompaniment, the voices of the community coming together to offer a single prayer to God. To Marko Remec, a conceptual sculptor, the Shakers’ presence in American history was like a lone melody against the bustle of society around them, spiritually and culturally.

Remec’s work has been shown at museums and sculpture parks such as MASS MoCA, LongHouse Reserve, Chesterwood – National Trust Historic Site, Museo de Arte de Ponce, Kunsthaus Zug, the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, the Nassau County Museum of Art and the Hancock Shaker Village, among other locales.

You can see Monodic Flow from Lebanon Mountain Road (Route 20) in Hancock. It’s across the street from the Shaker Village. You can park along the road, by the installation, and walk over to take a closer look. Monodic Flow is made possible by the generosity of Stephanie and Tim Ingrassia

May – November, 2018

34 Lebanon Mountain Rd.,
Hancock, MA 01237

This work is part of an exhibition titled, Altered Visions. The exhibit explores how the repurposing of objects or landscapes can change the way we view them. The exhibit also includes work by Henry Klimowicz, and Abelardo Morell. Henry Klimowicz uses cardboard to create organic sculptures that grow out of an inspired process. Abelardo Morell works with a camera obscura and shadows in the historic village to alter our perception of Shaker objects and a historic environment.


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Shaker Museum Mount Lebanon Community Event, May 26

Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon is kicking off the 2018 Season with a lecture at the historic site, live music, face painting, and more. A light dessert will be offered for free, and Dolan’s Dogs food truck will be on site for those wishing to purchase lunch.

Register in advance and receive discounted meal tickets. Meal ticket includes: One hot dog, hamburger/cheeseburger, or grilled cheese plus one side, and one beverage.

The community event is also the final stop on the NL200 Tour d’Manur. In celebration of the bicentennial of New Lebanon, Jerry Grant, Director of Collections & Research, will discuss the bicentennial of the North House in a talk titled “Mount Lebanon’s North House: The History and Legacy of a Shaker Masterpiece”.

The museum’s Visitor Center will be open and will offer a 10% OFF in-store discount for all those who attend.

Saturday, May 26 2018, from 1pm to 3pm

All are welcome, but parking is limited, so purchase a meal ticket and register in advance.
$10 – $12

Shaker Museum/Mount Lebanon
202 Shaker Road
New Lebanon, NY



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Shaker Swamp Conservancy Meeting, Nov 11

The Shaker Swamp Conservancy is an all-volunteer New York State Not-For-Profit corporation, governed by a board of directors. The group’s goal is to raise awareness of the ecological and historical significance of the 495-acre Shaker Swamp, a natural wild tract of land in the center of the Town of New Lebanon.

The SSC is taking the lead in New Lebanon’s efforts to discover how knowledge about medicinal botanicals was transmitted from the Native Americans to the Shaker Society, and then to the Tilden Company. The Tilden Company, the first pharmaceutical company in the US, built its factory adjacent to the Shaker Swamp.

The Conservancy group meets throughout the year to report on the progress of the Project, work on communication with supporters and partners, especially the Columbia Land Conservancy, the Farmscape Ecology Program and landowners, and discuss how best to extract the history of the Swamp, revitalize it and make it public, and provide opportunities for education and recreation.

The next meeting is open to the public, and scheduled for this Saturday, at the New Lebanon Library. The meeting will be followed by a short walk to the swamp area.

Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 3:00pm

Free and open to the public.

New Lebanon Library
550 State Route 20
New Lebanon, NY 12125
Phone: 518-794-8844
Email: leb@taconic.net


Shaker Swamp Conservancy on FaceBook

Email: info@shakerswamp.org


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