Announcements

Our Newest Acquisition

The Alfred Shaker Museum is proud to announce its latest acquisition; a Thomas Cushman spinning wheel with attached plate. Come and see it!

Did you know that the Museum accepts donations of Shaker items, and that donations are tax-deductible? The Museum also has a new Acquisitions Fund, to be used exclusively for purchasing Shaker artifacts and related materials. For more information, look here.

Speakers’ Series Updates

Our October 1 Speakers’ Series event with John Goff has been canceled due to illness.

However, our October 15 event with Don Deignan is still taking place.

Sold: Antique Shaker Spinning Wheel

Spinning Wheel Update: Our Walking Wheel has been sold.

Hammond Organ for Sale

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Hammond Electric Organ

$500.00 or BEST OFFER

Contact Linda at 207-490-5709

“Simple Gifts” Music Festival July 16

Come join FASM in celebration of the 169th anniversary of Alfred’s Town Song, “Simple Gifts.” The play-along begins at 5:00 PM. Bring an instrument (or your voice) and join in! At 6:00 PM, the concert commences. As usual, it will feature a variety of interpretations of “Simple Gifts” as expressed in various musical combinations and dance.

For more information: Contact Andy Happel.

Fiber Arts Nights Resume on June 7

Attention knitters, crocheters, embroiderers, rug hookers/braiders, needle felters, and everyone else who indulges in a fiber-related craft!

Fiber Arts Nights are returning to FASM starting on Tuesday, June 7, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. Come join the regulars for a weekly evening of camaraderie while you work on your projects.

Beginners are welcome! Help is available for novice knitters and embroiderers.

Massabesic Student Wins Shaker Museum Essay Contest

Sarah Bouley (center), shown with her family at the contest awards ceremony at the museum last year.

An eighth-grade student at Massabesic Middle School has won the student essay contest sponsored annually by the Friends of Alfred Shaker Museum (FASM). It is her second consecutive win in the contest.

The winner is Sarah Bouley of East Waterboro with her essay titled, “How the Shakers Earned a Living in Alfred”. She will receive a $100 prize and a collectible from FASM. Her essay will become part of the museum’s archive.

Sarah will read her essay in an award ceremony at the museum on its opening day of the new summer season — Saturday, May 13, at 2 p.m. The museum will open to the public at 1 p.m. that day at no charge.

A memorial tribute to the late Shaker Sister Frances Carr of the Sabbathday Lake Shaker community, who died in January, will follow the award ceremony, and then treats will be served.

The judges for the essay contest were Elizabeth DeWolfe, Harland Eastman, and Al Carlson.

The museum will introduce the new season’s exhibit — titled Donations a Museum Make — that same day. New donations to the Shaker Museum, which recently established a dedicated fund for acquisitions, given the high prices commanded by Shaker items on antiquity markets, will be displayed.

The museum also is undertaking an exterior paint job this season which is funded by a grant from the Davis Family Foundation. The work will begin as weather permits and will be performed by Greg Knight of Alfred.

Announcing the 2017 Student Essay Contest

The Alfred Shaker Museum Student Essay Contest is now open for entries! See the contest flyer for the rules.

To submit your essay, visit the Student Essay Contest page.

Deadline for submitting your essay is March 1, 2017 at 5:00 PM. Winners will be announced in early April, and awards will be presented soon thereafter.

FMI or to make arrangements to use the Museum library for research, call Mary Lee Dunn Maguire at 324-7088.

Museum & Gift Shop Open December 10

The Alfred Shaker Museum will be open this Saturday, December 10, from 10 AM – 4 PM. Come visit, have a cup of hot cider, and say hello!

Come visit the Museum gift shop for gifts or stocking stuffers!

May we suggest…

  • A good book for adults or children about the Shakers
  • A beautiful handcrafted wooden Shaker Box by Mark Jacobs
  • Art and crafts by local artists
  • Jams, pickles, and Shaker herbs
  • Brooms, walking sticks, scarves, sweaters, felted mittens…you name it, we might have it.

If we don’t have what you’re looking for, we might be able to order it. Just ask!

Looking forward to seeing you.

We make you kindly welcome!

Coming on October 23: Shaker Chairs

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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).

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

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