Endowment Fund

Our “Welcome” Policy

Alfred Shaker Museum holds a series of public events each year that are free to the public. No admission is charged to visit the museum or to most of the museum’s public events.

As a young museum, though, we need help to renovate and maintain our building, build our collections, and sponsor such events. So, donations are gratefully accepted, and we rely on many talented volunteers to help us reach our goals. We also are trying to grow our endowment fund, which aims for $100,000 to support operations of the museum.

The Friends of Alfred Shaker Museum are grateful to a number of foundations in Maine which have supported our efforts over years. Our thanks go to:

  • Davis Family Foundation
  • Narragansett Number One Foundation
  • Kennebunk Savings Bank Foundation
  • Maine Arts Commission
  • Maine Humanities Council

We appreciate their roles in preserving, protecting, and enhancing Maine’s cultural life.

To all, a hearty thank you.

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.

Donors Honored at Museum Tea

FASM Endowment Fund Honorees: Linda and Mike Aaskov (in memory of Charlie Aaskov), Mary Lee Dunn Maguire (in memory of Marie McAuliff Maguire). Right: Endowment Fund Chair Urilla Cheverie. Not shown: Helen Naylor.

FASM Endowment Fund Honorees: Linda and Mike Aaskov (in memory of Charlie Aaskov), Mary Lee Dunn Maguire (in memory of Marie McAuliff Maguire). Right: Endowment Fund Chair Urilla Cheverie. Not shown: Helen Naylor.

On December 8, FASM’s Endowment Committee hosted a tea to honor the first four donors to achieve Permanent status as members of the FASM Endowment Fund. Honorees were presented with engraved plaques featuring the Shaker tree of life and the names of the loved ones honored by each donation.

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.

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 urilla@cheverie.com.

More photos from the Tea:

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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 urilla@cheverie.com.

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 www.alfredshakermuseum.org. 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.

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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