Monthly Archives: November 2013

Alfred Shaker Museum News

Alfred Shaker Museum Celebrates Christmas in the Shire

The Friends of Alfred Shaker Museum (FASM) are decking the walls with boughs of greenery and other festive ornaments to welcome visitors, shoppers, and special guests for Christmas in the Shire.

The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday through Sunday, Dec. 6-8. The sound of music will fill the air in the renovated Shaker Carriage House and mulled cider and cookies will be available as treats.

Shoppers will find gifts galore, such as assorted Shaker boxes, including a music box; a wool braided rug; wooden bowls; walking sticks made by Bruce Giles; and a set of Christmas dishes, as well as jams and pickles for your holiday table. Art work by Angie Goyette and Robert Arsenault, and prints from the museum’s historic photo archive are offered for sale in the shop, along with assorted holiday items.

That Sunday at 3 p.m., FASM will hold an invitation-only tea at the museum to honor the donors to the museum’s Endowment Fund whose accounts have achieved permanent status. FASM will present plaques as thanks for their support. Coffee, tea, and finger desserts will be on the menu for that event.

FASM aims to accumulate $100,000 in the Endowment Fund, the interest on which will support the museum’s operations and projects. The principal will remain untouched. Such an account can memorialize a deceased loved one or celebrate any special occasion. A contribution of at least $100 will open an account in the fund in the name of the person being remembered or honored and it is hoped that over time the original donor or others will add to it until each individual account reaches permanent status at $1,000. For further information, contact

Student Essay Contest Begins

FASM also has kicked off its annual student essay contest. The rules and a choice of topics are posted on our web site at Prizes of $100 and $75 are offered to the top two winners in each of the two divisions: 7th and 8th graders in one division, 9th and 10th graders in the second division.

Students have until March 1 to research and write their essays. The judges in the contest are Elizabeth DeWolfe, Harland Eastman, and Alfred Carlson. The prizes will be awarded at a public ceremony next spring. It is the fourth consecutive year in which the contest has sought to encourage interest in local Shaker history through a writing contest. Past winners have come from Alfred, Waterboro, and Wells.

FASM Christmas Tea

The FASM Endowment Committee will host a Christmas Tea on Sunday, December 8 at 3 PM. The Committee will present plaques to the first group of permanent fund members of the Museum’s Endowment Fund. Permanent members have chosen to invest in the future of the Alfred Shaker Museum by making tax-deductible gifts of $1,000 or more to the Museum’s Endowment Fund. Gifts of less than $1,000 are kept in an accumulating account until they reach $1,000.

A permanent or accumulating account is the perfect gift for someone who has everything, and an account can be crested in honor or in memory of a loved one. For more information about the FASM Endowment Fund, read here.

Announcing the 2013-2014 Student Essay Contest

The Friends of the Alfred Shaker Museum (FASM) announce the 4th annual Student Essay Contest! The contest opens December 1, 2013, with an essay deadline of March 1, 2014. Students in Grades 7 & 8 compete in one division, and students in Grades 9 & 10 compete in another division. Prizes of $100 and $75 will be awarded to the top two essays in each division.

The contest flyer (below) contains the rules and the suggested essay topics. Click on the picture of the flyer for a full-sized, printable version.


Museum Open November 20

The Museum will be open on Wednesday, November 20 from 1-4 PM. This is the last day of the Museum’s 2013 season, so come down and see us! The Museum will also be open on December 7-8 as part of the “Christmas in the Shire” festivities in Alfred. Visit the Museum Shop for unique gifts and Shaker-related items!

Watch our News page for the opening date for our next season, in April 2014.

Museum Hours:

Museum Hours: 1 PM – 4 PM on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and by appointment.

Closing for the season on November 11.

Admission: Free. Donations are gratefully accepted.

We are dog-friendly. Well-behaved dogs on leash are welcome in our building.

Become a Friend of the Alfred Shaker Museum!

FASM meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 PM at the Alfred Shaker Museum. The public is invited to our meetings (unless announced otherwise).

We welcome new members! To join FASM, see our Become a Friend page.

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