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2015 Programs & Events

The Enfield Shaker Museum is focused on sharing the history and culture of the Enfield Shakers. The Museum is open year round and offers a full calendar of special events throughout the seasons.

Visitors to the Museum can enjoy a variety of activities including traditional craft demonstrations, indoor and outdoor educational programs, exhibits, tours, overnight packages, workshops, evening fundraising events and scholarly programs. For something created just for you, view our calendar of events below.

Our summer hours (May 1 to October 31) are Monday through Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday Noon to 5:00 pm. Winter hours (November 1 to April 30) are Wednesday through Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday Noon to 4:00 pm. Our last tour of the day begins one hour before closing time.

In winter we offer guided tours on Sunday, Monday, Friday and Saturday and self-guided tours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The Museum is closed on the following holidays: New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Presidents’ Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Day after Christmas.

Spring Events

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 6:30 pm

Shaker Book Club: A new twist on our Sharing Shaker History Series!

Beginning April 8 (previously advertised as April 1) and running every other Wednesday for four to six weeks, we will be hosting a Shaker Book Club. The topic book will be "The Collected Writings of Henry Cumings" by Mary Ann Haagen. Mary Ann is a Shaker Scholar and a long-time friend and supporter of the Enfield Shaker Museum.

"Henry Cumings was ten years old when he and his family joined the Enfield, New Hampshire, Shakers in 1845. Capable and intelligent, he was entrusted with increasing leadership responsibilities as he came of age. For twenty years he served as one of the Society's most eloquent spokespersons for a Shaker way of life. In 1881, at the age of forty-five, Cuming reappraised his commitment to Shakerism and left the community. He did not, however, repudiate his Shaker heritage. Between 1904 and 1913 he wrote a series of historical essays for the local newspaper, the Enfield Advocate, in which he shared his personal reflections on Shakerism. Collected here for the first time, this volume of Henry Cumings' writings offers the reader a lively and detailed account of the Shaker community he knew so well, and its influence on the town of Enfield, New Hampshire."

This first book gathering is Wednesday, April 8 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. The class will meet in the Bake Room in the Great Stone Dwelling. The class is limited so register now!

Cost: Free

Books may be obtained through the Gift Shop at the Enfield Shaker Museum (603) 632-4346 or on-line at Amazon.com.

To register: Call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email info@shakermuseum.org.

Friday through Sunday, April 24 through 26, 2015

Spring Shaker Forum

Immerse yourself in Shaker Studies for a weekend of lectures, tours and a special preservation update.

Weekend Highlights Include:

  • Papers by Shaker scholars
  • Insider's tour of the 1854 Cow Barn (recently purchase by the Museum)
  • Updates on Museum preservation progress
  • Networking with colleagues and friends
  • Meals and lodging in the Great Stone Dwelling

Special Presentations:

By John Porter, co-author of "Preserving Old Barns" and Dr. David Starbuck of Plymouth State University who will lead an archaeological field school at the Museum during the summer of 2015.

Weekend packages include overnight stays, meals and programs.

For rates and to register: Call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email info@shakermuseum.org.

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May 10, 2015 2:00 – 4:00 pm (Meet in the Great Stone Dwelling)

Planning and Planting an Herbal Garden

Starting an herb garden and feel overwhelmed with all the choices? Want to get the most bang for your buck? Have limited space? Only have a windowsill? This workshop is for you! Come join Emeritus Museum Herbalist Happy Griffiths and Garden Coordinator Lindsay Smith as they discuss how to plan and plant an herb garden that suits your needs! Both medicinal and culinary herbs will be discussed. For best results, please bring an idea of the space you have to plan a garden. (Try to notice sunlight and shade (hours and strength) and any other important environmental factors of your space.) You will walk away with a confident plan for planting your garden. Light refreshments will be served.

Cost: $25 per person. $20 members. Class size limited to 20.

To register by April 30: call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email gardencoordinator@shakermuseum.org.

Summer Events

May 26 – June 5 and June 8 – June 19 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Archaeological Field School

Conducted by Plymouth State University and directed by Dr. David Starbuck, Professor of Anthropology at PSU, this four-week field school will be the first professional archaeological excavation at Enfield, and should prove to be an exciting first season.

There will be both a four-week college credit offering through Plymouth State University and two, two-week volunteer offerings open to the public.

Cost: Plymouth State University Students: In-State $472/credit; Non-resident $551/credit.

Volunteers (must be 18 years or older and must register for at least two weeks to participate): Free.

Space is limited, so please register early.

To register, or if you have questions, you may contact Dr. Starbuck directly at dstarbuck@plymouth.edu.

July 21, 2015 6:00 – 8:00 pm (Meet in the Great Stone Dwelling)

Cooking and Preserving with Fresh Herbs’ Series: Edible Flowers

Learn how to make a beautiful edible flower salad with citrus dressing and use flowers to garnish your summer desserts! This workshop will begin with a short presentation on edible flowers, then we will gather edible flowers from the herb garden, head back to the kitchen in the Great Stone Dwelling and prepare some tasty treats with our harvest.

Cost: $25 per person. $20 members. Class size limited to 20.

To register by July 19: call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email gardencoordinator@shakermuseum.org.

August 19, 2015 6:00 – 8:00 pm (Meet in the Museum’s Herb Garden)

Cooking and Preserving with Fresh Herbs’ Series: Summertime Refreshers

With summer in full swing, temperatures are soaring. What better way to beat the heat than with a refreshing herbal drink or treat? This workshop will explore the Shaker Museum Herb Garden while discussing the history and benefits of using herbs and plants in our diets. After gathering some fresh herbs, we will head back to the kitchen in the Great Stone Dwelling and learn how to make some great summertime treats.

Cost: $25 per person. $20 members. Class size limited to 20.

To register by August 17: call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email gardencoordinator@shakermuseum.org.

Fall Events

September 20, 2015 2:00 – 4:00 pm (Meet in the Museum’s Herb Garden)

Harvesting and Preserving Flowers and Herbs

This workshop will start off in the Shaker Museum Herb Garden where we will be discussing best practices for harvesting and preserving flowers and herbs. We will discuss the pros and cons of different techniques and of course practice harvesting plants. We will then go back to the Great Stone Dwelling and prepare our harvest for drying, and further discuss all the possibilities of using dried flowers and herbs. Light refreshments will be provided.

Cost: $25 per person. $20 members. Class size limited to 20.

To register by September 18: call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email gardencoordinator@shakermuseum.org.

October 11, 2015 2:00 – 4:00 pm (Meet in the Great Stone Dwelling)

Cooking and Preserving with Fresh Herbs’ Series: Teas and Tinctures

Fall is root season! Autumn is a time of harvest and abundance, and as the earth itself grows cooler, digging for nourishing, medicinal roots gives us a close intimacy with the season and its generosity. In this workshop we will be discussing the uses of tinctures and teas and the best practices for harvesting and drying. We will then collect roots and herbs from the Shaker Museum Herb Garden and practice the steps to making teas and tinctures in the kitchen. ** Please note: this class is informational only and does not imply medical knowledge. Use of teas and tinctures as medicines are at the individual’s sole discretion and responsibility.**

Cost: $35 per person. $30 members. Class size limited to 20.

To register by October 9: call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email gardencoordinator@shakermuseum.org.

November 16, 2015 6:00 – 8:00 pm (Meet in the Great Stone Dwelling)

Cooking and Preserving with Fresh Herbs’ Series: Herb Condiments and Complements

Liven up your holiday table and menus with wonderful condiments and complements prepared from the herbs from your garden. Create your own herb butters, mustards, vinegars and seasonings from dried herbs grown in the Shaker Museum Herb Garden.

Cost: $25 per person. $20 members. Class size limited to 20.

To register by November 14: call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email gardencoordinator@shakermuseum.org.

November 20, 2015 5:00 – 8:00 pm (Meet in the Great Stone Dwelling)

Garlic and Onion Workshop

These members of the Allium family are staples in any recipe… but how about making them the stars! In this workshop we will discuss a brief history of the Enfield Shakers’ onion business, how to grow garlic and onions, the many harvestable stages, storage and of course recipes that highlight these pungent bulbs!

Cost: $35 per person. $30 members. Class size limited to 20.

To register by November 18: call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email gardencoordinator@shakermuseum.org.

December 3, 2015 6:00 – 8:00 pm (Meet in the Great Stone Dwelling)

Holiday Herbal Wreath Making

Create a masterpiece from the everlasting flowers and herbs grown in the Shaker Museum Herb Garden. Each person will take home a finished 16” wreath. Great for decorating your home or as a thoughtful gift. All materials provided, but please bring your own scissors and clippers.

Cost: $35 per person. $30 members. Class size limited to 20.

To register by December 1: call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email gardencoordinator@shakermuseum.org .

 

Enfield Shaker Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational institution dedicated to interpreting and preserving the complex history of the Enfield Shaker Village and the Missionaries of La Salette.