Yearly Archives: 2014

Come See Us on December 12-14!

Our 2013 Christmas tree. The Museum will be all decorated for this year's visitors, too!

The Alfred Shaker Museum will be open from 10 AM – 4 PM on Friday, December 12 through Sunday, December 14 to coincide with Christmas in the Shire/Alfred Snowflake Walk. Come and visit us!

We’ll be serving seasonal refreshments, including mulled and regular cider. The Museum Gift Shop will be open for shopping, and it features lovely and thoughtful gifts for all ages.

The Museum Gift Shop includes many Shaker-style items, books, and art prints, cards, and hand-braided rugs and runners.

More Gift Shop items, including homemade pickles and jams, honey, handknit scarves and other items, and Shaker style measuring boxes and carriers.

Some festive seasonal items from the Museum Gift Shop

See Us at the Alfred Elementary School Fair!

The Alfred Elementary School Craft Fair is taking place this weekend, November 22-23. Stop by the FASM booth and say hello! We have a variety of books, crafts, pickles and jams, Shaker boxes, and many other items from the Museum gift shop.


Win a Cash Prize! 5th Annual Student Essay Contest is Open for Entries

The 5th Annual Alfred Shaker Museum Essay Contest is now open for entries. The two winning student essays will each win a cash prize. All the rules and details are below. To open and save a PDF copy of the rules to your computer, click the image below. Don’t forget to save the PDF file to your computer!

Alfred Shaker Museum Student Essay Contest

To enter an essay, visit the Student Essay Contest page at and use the upload link on the page.

Closing for the Season

The Alfred Shaker Museum will close for the season on Saturday, October 18. The museum will open on November 22-23 for the School Fair and again on December 4-5 for the Alfred Snowflake Walk. Come to see us then, and be sure to watch the News pages on our website for information about our 2015 season!

What We Want For Christmas

…is more docents! If you have an interest in the history of Alfred and the Shakers, and if you have some time to spare on Wednesdays and Saturdays, come join us! We’ll train.

Museum News and Updates

Endowment Funded Boosted by Morrisons’ Gift

As many readers may know, Elizabeth Morrison of Alfred, who contributed so much in service, ideas, knowledge, and effort to the Friends of Alfred Shaker Museum (FASM), died last April. It has since been disclosed that she made the museum’s two-year-old Endowment Fund the beneficiary of her $10,000 life insurance policy. Betty and her husband, Earl Morrison, have both held offices in FASM and have chaired the group’s largest annual fundraiser, an Apple Festival in September, in recent years. This year’s fest, on September 13 and 14, was a great success once again. FASM has been so rewarded by their volunteerism.

Museum Awaits Feedback from Teachers in York

The Friends of Alfred Shaker Museum (FASM) eagerly await feedback from York County school teachers of third through 12th graders about the video FASM produced on the history of the Shaker community in Alfred from 1783 until 1931. Alfred’s Shakers were the root community of Shakers in Maine. They also have been credited with enabling Shakerism to continue to the present time, since the Shakers who left Alfred in 1931 to merge with their fellows at New Gloucester imbued new life in the community there due to their youth and zeal. Three Shakers still live there. The video, done by Westside Audio Visual of New Hampshire, targeted two audiences: visitors to the museum and the area’s schoolchildren. FASM distributed DVDs of it as the school year ended last June to be used in history, civics, English, art, and music classes.

Shaker Museum Slide Show on YouTube

A slide show of Alfred Shaker Museum’s now-annual Simple Gifts concert, held in July, has been posted on YouTube. The concert takes note of the song composed by Shaker Elder Joseph Brackett of Sabbathday Lake’s Shaker community when he visited Alfred in early summer 1848. The concert series was spearheaded by Portland-area violinist and music teacher Andy Happel, and it includes a jam session with some of his students and others who wanted to join in. The series is expected to continue for another eight years, culminating with the song’s 175th anniversary. Greg Hall of the Friends of Alfred Shaker Museum put the slide show together.

Watch the slideshow here:

Shaker Friends to Begin Last Phase of Renovation

The Friends of Alfred Shaker Museum (FASM) expect to begin the last phase of their renovation of a mid-19th century Shaker Carriage House into their museum building at the end of this museum season in November. The work will turn a half-floor on the building’s second level into a library, reading room, and museum office. It is hoped the work will be completed by Fall 2015. The Davis Family Foundation has given FASM a grant for building materials for that renovation and to purchase and install storm and light-filtering windows to protect its collections in other parts of the structure.

Don’t Miss Out on the Lobster Raffle!

The Alfred Shaker Museum is currently running a Lobster Raffle — and who doesn’t love fresh local seafood?!

The lucky winner will receive 5 lobster and some #5 steamers, donated by LaFlamme’s Lobster and Seafood of Arundel, ME.

You can get your tickets from any FASM member, or stop in at the Museum when it’s open. Tickets are $1 apiece or 6 for $5.

Drawing will be held on September 14, 2014. You do not need to be present to win!

Shaker Hill Apple Festival, September 13-14


Come celebrate the annual apple harvest on Shaker Hill in Alfred next weekend! This year’s Shaker Hill Apple Festival features apple picking (of course) plus fun, fine food, crafts, history, good buys at the Giant Yard Sale, and historic craft demonstrations.

The Alfred Shaker Museum promises fun for the whole family with pony rides, children’s activities guided by Linda Hobbs, craft vendors and demonstrators, an outdoor grill plus cotton candy and snow cones, an indoor restaurant offering corn chowder and slices of homemade apple pie made from produce on the Hill. There will be a tented yard sale, an Amish quilt raffle, and a seafood raffle.

Member Lloyd Hunt will give guided wagon tours of historic Shaker Hill. The Museum and Museum Shop will be open, and you will be able to view the Museum’s new video. Showtimes will be listed at the museum.

The Shaker Hill Apple Festival is a collaboration sponsored by FASM, the York County Shelters, the Brothers of Christian Instruction on Shaker Hill, and Giles Family Farm.

Needle-Felting Workshop October 18

Time to learn a new craft technique! If you haven’t already signed up for FASM’s fall craft workshop, now’s the time!

Beva Meagher returns to the Alfred Shaker Museum to teach needle-felting techniques with wool. This year’s project is a festive turkey, just in time for the holidays!


Class Description

Students will be guided in the making of a needle felted 3-D “New England Gobbler” autumn turkey crafted from core and dyed wool.

Instruction will also include:

  • Use and purpose of various needles.
  • Techniques for making features.
  • Resources for felting materials.

Each student will receive a kit that includes:

  • 2 felting needles
  • felting foam mat
  • core wool
  • dyed roving wool
  • complete instructions

Cost for kit: $15. Class Fee: $10.

If you are interested in taking this class, you are required to pre-register. Space is limited to 12 students.

Additionally, handcrafted wooden felting multi-tools and pen tools will be demonstrated and available for sale. Specialty needles of differing gauges are also available for sale.

Last year’s Felted Owl class was fun and very popular! You can see photos of the students and their finished works of art here.

Painted Chair Contest Winner!


Congratulations to Sharon Wood of Smithfield, ME, for her winning entry in the Alfred Shaker Museum’s Painted Chair Contest! Sharon won a prize of $100.00. Her chair will be on display in the Museum until the Museum closes for the season in November.

Come see all of the beautiful contest entries in the Museum next weekend at the Shaker Hill Apple Festival!

Contest judges Lucille Hussey of Alfred, Linda Migneault of Alfred, and Sandy Howe of Cornish

Contest judges Lucille Hussey of Alfred, Linda Migneault of Alfred, and Sandy Howe of Cornish

Class on the Shakers and Museum Field Trip

Lloyd & Sue Hunt are instructors in a two-session course at the Senior College in Saco on October 14 & 21. The first session will be a lecture on the history of the Shakers in America. The second will be a full-day trip to the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland to view the special exhibit, “The Shakers: from Mount Lebanon to the World.” The field trip will be led by Dr. Cynthia Mowles.

The course fee includes admission to the museum. Car pooling will be arranged for the museum trip. Cost is $50. There is a fee of $25.00 to join the Senior College, and the course cost is $25. Location: McArthur Library, Biddeford. Day/Time 9:30-11:30 AM October 14 at McArthur; 8 AM – all day October 21. Starts: Tuesday, October 14. Class size: min 12/ max 20.

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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.

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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).

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