A little reflection and a whole lot of THANKS

Farewell 2016! December finds us filled with thanks and gratitude for the guests, supporters, volunteers, partners and advocates who have delivered another banner year for Shaker Village. While soon to be gone, this year of firsts won’t be forgotten. We received our largest grant award evera $5.1 million grant from Lilly Foundation Inc. to restore the Centre Family Dwelling and the Meeting House. These two architectural wonders were also the stars of a Wall Street Journal Magazine fashion feature this year. In September, we watched in awe as the Chamber Music Festival of the Bluegrass was introduced to millions of international audiences thanks to PBS’ Live From Lincoln Center. And most importantly, we inspired thousands of tomorrow’s makers and doers through Shaker lessons in community, sustainability and ingenuity.

We also had a whole lot of fun along the way! So here’s to you. YOU made it happen. Thank you!

While 2016 is coming to an end, new discoveries at Shaker Village are just beginning! Get ready for innovative angles and experiences that will challenge your perceptions about the Shakers. Become a part of the site’s largest and most important preservation project since 1965. Discover new ways to explore this Village@Work and meet the experts who make great things happen here every day.

Be on the lookout for the 2017 Shaker Village Almanac in February. We’re busy putting on the finishing touches, but in the meantime, check out our January and February line upit’s sure to shake off the frost.


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