Announcing the 2018 Student Essay Contest

The Alfred Shaker Museum Student Essay Contest is now open for entries! See the contest flyer above for the rules. Click the image to see a larger version.

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

Deadline for submitting your essay is March 3, 2018 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.

For Sale Again: Hammond Aurora Organ

We had an offer for our Hammond Aurora organ, but the buyer never came to claim it — so, we’re offering it for sale again.

organ

Hammond Electric Organ

$500.00 or BEST OFFER

Contact Linda at 207-490-5709

Available Again: Antique Shaker Spinning Wheel

Spinning Wheel Update: Our antique Shaker Walking Wheel is available again. A kind lady from Texas purchased it, but the shipping cost proved to be much more than anyone expected. The wheel is for sale again for $100 or best reasonable offer. You may either come pick it up in Alfred, ME, or be prepared to ship it.

Interested? Contact Linda at 207-490-5709.

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.

Biographer, Military Sleuth, and Historian: Don Deignan’s Talk at Shaker Museum on October 15

He’s written a book that is a double biography, a World War 2 mystery, and a book about family, industrial and local history. Even more, it is a story of inspiration overcoming disability. Rhode Island author Don Deignan spoke at Alfred Shaker Museum at 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 15, the last of four speakers in this season’s Sid Emery Memorial Forum sponsored by the museum and the Sanford-Springvale Historical Society.

His book recounts a tale of personal commitment that is a repayment of a “debt of honor” to the uncle who helped him overcome enormous physical disabilities. And part of his story is set in Alfred during the years of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the Great Depression.

Deignan’s book is titled The Shadow of Sacrifice / The True Story of a Pearl Harbor Survivor and His Nephew and Namesake. Deignan has a doctoral degree in history from Brown University and is one of the primary forces behind establishment of Providence’s Irish Famine memorial.

In the Alfred portion of the book, he was helped to do research by Gus Hedden, director at Alfred’s Parsons Memorial Library, local historian and author John Cook, and Irish historian and author Mary Lee Dunn Maguire, a board member of Alfred Shaker Museum, who helped him tap records about the CCC at Alfred’s town museum, thanks to help from Allison Williams.

Deignan was born with serious disabilities affecting both his sight and his ability to walk. For years he was a student at the Perkins School for the Blind in Massachusetts. There, at the Perkins School when he was 10 years old, on one anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, he was inspired by the service of his uncle who had died there on military duty.

It was his Uncle Donald whose life had most captured the boy’s commitment and imagination and given him the inspiration to press on despite his physical disabilities. With that early epiphany, he had developed a spiritual link with his late uncle that lasted and comforted him for a lifetime. But there were surprises as he focused on repaying his debt to Donald, the war hero. Don started to research his uncle’s war experience and encountered a record that presented questions that he set out to answer and mysteries he aimed to solve. Thus, he went up against the military bureaucracy in trying to find out how his uncle had died. And the answers, when he found them, did not comport with the family story he’d been told.

In the end he made peace with his Uncle Donald and satisfied his mission to repay the debt of honor that he felt he owed his uncle which he had undertaken so many decades earlier as a forlorn 10-year-old with overwhelming burdens.

Wool Felting Class October 28

Our next workshop will take place on October 28th, 2017, starting at 10:00 AM sharp.

Make this friendly Halloween witch to greet all the little hobgoblins that come to your door.

Cost: $30.00, paid in advance.

Class size is limited to 10 participants.

Register by contacting Pat Vertefeuille at 207-459-5155.

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.

Win a Raffle Basket!

Stop by the Alfred Shaker museum any Wednesday or Saturday (1-4) and buy chances on this basket packed with goodies — $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. Drawing Dec. 13th.

Contents:

  • New Oprah Winfrey Cookbook
  • New Paleo cookbook
  • Bottle of Shaker Dipping Oil
  • Video all about the Alfred Shaker Community & Museum

Hammond Organ for Sale

organ

Hammond Electric Organ

$500.00 or BEST OFFER

Contact Linda at 207-490-5709

Scenes from “Simple Gifts”

Here are some photos from our 5th annual “Simple Gifts” concert.

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Museum Hours:

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

Closed for the season. See you in the spring!

Admission: Free. Donations are gratefully accepted.

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

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