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Life In the Christ Spirit
Life In the Christ Spirit by Brother Theodore E. Johnson The essence of Shaker beliefs and principles outlined in an easily understood manner. Essential reading. 12 page booklet on observations on Shaker theology from remarks delivered at the Shaker Conference in Hancock, Mass, Sept. 7, 1968.
Shaker Your Plate Cookbook
Sister Frances Carr of Sabbathday Lake assembled a collection of the Shakers’ favorite recipes with chapters on soups, salads, breads, seafood, poultry, meats, casseroles, vegetables and vegetarian dishes, herb cookery, pies, cakes, cookies and puddings. Includes personal memories of Shaker cooks and Community life. This cookbook is a perfect complement to Shaker herbs. Shaker Your Plate: Of Shaker Cooks and Cooking by Sister Frances A. Carr. Shaker Press. Soft-covered. Illustrated. 162 pages.
The Sabbathday Lake Shakers: An Introduction to The Shaker Heritage
The Sabbathday Lake Shakers: An Introduction to The Shaker Heritage by Sister R. Mildred Barker. Published by The Shaker Press, 1985 second edition. Soft-covered. B&W photos. 29 pages.
A Place in Time
A Place in Time: The Shakers at Sabbathday Lake, Maine Photographs by Stephen Guion Williams, foreword by Gerard C. Wertkin The photographer Stephen G. Williams has been visiting the Shakers since the early 1970s, drawing spiritual strength from their habits of work and prayer, and artistic inspiration from their quest for harmony, economy, and perfection. "This book," says Williams, "is an endeavor to convey in photographic form my idea of Shakerism: simplicity, beauty, and grace." In its splendid spareness - a beauty borne of stripping away the inessentials - it fully achieves that end. Paperback, 96 pages, black and white photos. A Pocket Paragon Book, David R. Godine, Publisher.
An Honorable Harvest
An Honorable Harvest: Shakers and the Natural World by Dr. Carl Benton Straub A 166 page soft covered book on the story of how religious movements initiated in Europe became American through taking seriously the land. In the Shaker ways of looking at the world, there is a basic religious unity between what is going on in history - "in the course of human events" - and what is at work in nature. The essential Shaker response to the land and the varied communities of life entwined with the land - wild and domestic - is the translation through interpretation and labor of nature's variables into patterns of meaning which reflect Shaker interest in religious community. Shaker Press, 2009. Soft covered, 166 pages.
Hymnal – Original Shaker Music Vol 1
Hymnal - Original Shaker Music Vol. 1 This so-called "First Volume" was first published in 1884, by the North Family at Mount Lebanon, NY. This 224 page, hard covered hymnal remains in constant use here at Sabbathday Lake for public worship services.
Hymnal – Original Shaker Music Vol 2
Hymnal - Original Shaker Music Vol. 2 Hard covered book of Hymns published by The North Family of Mount Lebanon, NY, in 1893. It serves as a companion to Hymnal Vol 1. Like the First Volume, this hymnal is still in use by the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Community.
Precepts of Mother Ann
Precepts of Mother Ann - Testimonies of the Life, Character, Revelations and Doctrines of Mother Ann Lee and the Elders with Her "Eye and ear witness of all that our blessed Mother and the first Elders have done and taught." Essential for Shaker studies. Second edition. 302 pages. Hard cover.
Purple on Silk
Purple on Silk: A Shaker Eldress and Her Dye Journal by Nan Thayer Ross with introduction by Brother Arnold Hadd Eldress Hester Ann Adams (1817-1888) compiled these dye recipes over one hundred and fifty years ago. This book contains forty time-tested recipes complete with a glossary for some of those more obscure 19th century ingredients as well as a comprehensive biography of this remarkable Shaker. Shaker Press, 2003. Soft covered, 75 pages.
Shaker “Great Barns” 1820s-1880s
Shaker "Great Barns" 1820s-1880s: Evolution of Shaker Dairy Barn Design and Its Relation to the Agricultural Press by Lauren A. Stiles Shaker leaders built big dairy barns, sent articles and barn diagrams to the specialized agricultural press, and hosted editors and writers on barn tours. This richly illustrated book explores the unexpected relationship between nineteenth century Shaker religious leaders and scientific agricultural journalists. Paperback, 188 pages, illustrations, 26 cm., Richard W. Couper Press, 2013
Shop Drawings of Shaker Furniture & Woodenware (Vols, 1, 2 & 3)
Shop Drawings of Shaker Furniture & Woodenware (Vols, 1, 2 & 3) by Ejner Handberg An authoritative and classic three-book collection, now in one volume. Together in one comprehensive book for the first time, these three volumes of Shop Drawings of Shaker Furniture & Woodenware capture the simplicity, precision, and utility of shaker craftsmanship. In print for more than 20 years, these legendary and authoritative volumes have served as guides for cabinetmakers and antique collectors worldwide. Includes shop drawings for more than 100 authentic pieces. 200 black-and-white illustrations. Hardcover, 280 pages, Countryman Press, October 2007
The Architecture of the Shakers
The Architecture of the Shakers by Julie Nicoletta, photography by Bret Morgan, foreword by Robert Emlen From Maine to Kentucky, the Shakers built communal villages whose unique buildings were designed to accommodate hundreds of inhabitants unified in the common purpose of work and worship. Julie Nicoletta's perceptive text and Bret Morgan's striking photographs illuminate the austere beauty, regional variations, and functional and stylistic evolution of Shaker buildings over the course of two centuries, evoking a visual and literary survey of Shaker design and its impact on our culture at large. Architects, designers, curators, collectors, and an ever-widening public have sought inspiration in Shaker art and architecture. The Architecture of the Shakers is a book for all those who wish to learn more about these remarkable buildings and how the rich cultural legacy of the Shakers continues to resonate within them. Hardcover, 179 pages, Countryman Press, June 2000
The Human & The Eternal
The Human & The Eternal: Shaker Art in Its Many Forms Michael Graham, Brother Arnold Hadd, Sister Frances Carr, and others The objects and artwork pictured in this catalog were featured in our special exhibit titled "The Human and The Eternal: Shaker Art in Its Many Forms" which ran from 2008-2009. This catalog features photographs of Shaker art, crafts, and other handmade items from the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Museum collection along with biographical and anecdotal information about the Shakers who made these items. Softcover, 69 pages, 2009 United Society of Shakers
The Shaker Legacy: Perspectives on an Enduring Furniture Style
The Shaker Legacy: Perspectives on an Enduring Furniture Style by Christian Becksvoort, photographs by John Sheldon Solid construction and honest functionality make Shaker furniture one of the most popular and timeless design categories. Based on extensive research and personal experience with the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Community, this book traces the roots of Shaker design to Shaker belief, which inspired the clean lines, careful craftsmanship, and signature details that define the style. Chris also discusses the less known Victorian period of Shaker design and shows how this style has influenced subsequent ones. A bibliography, glossary, and index are included. Chris Becksvoort is a long-time friend and neighbor of the Community and teaches wood working workshops with us each season. Hardcover, 240 pages, full color. Taunton Press, 2000.
The Shakers: From Mount Lebanon to the World
The Shakers: From Mount Lebanon to the World Edited by Michael K. Komanecky, Contribution by Stephen J. Stein, Jerry V. Grant, Michael S. Graham and Brother Arnold Hadd An important book on Shaker art and life, offering a fresh look at a style that has endured through centuries and continues to inspire designers and homeowners. This book presents the elegantly austere and simply styled objects of the Shakers in the context of their faith and community at Mount Lebanon, N.Y., the spiritual and administrative center of the Shaker world. Outstanding examples of furniture, textiles, tools, and other objects-drawn primarily from the collection of Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon-bring the fascinating world of the Shakers to life. The book also explores the equally compelling material culture of Sabbathday Lake in New Gloucester, Maine, the last active Shaker community, and how this group of Shakers continued to thrive while other Shaker communities elsewhere gradually disappeared. Accompanying a major exhibition organized by the Farnsworth Art Museum, this book presents a new and authentic perspective on the Shaker community. Specially commissioned photography, archival imagery, essays by prominent scholars, and a firsthand interview with a member of the Sabbathday Lake Shaker community deepen our understanding of this influential movement and style. About the Authors: Michael K. Komanecky is chief curator at the Farnsworth Art Museum, in Rockland, Maine. Stephen J. Stein is a historian of American religion at the University of Indiana. Jerry V. Grant is the director of research and library services at the Shaker Museum. Michael S. Graham is the director of the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village. Brother Arnold Hadd is a member of the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Community. Reviews "The fascinating story of the Shakers, and of their extraordinary furniture, is now told in The Shakers: From Mount Lebanon to the World. This book expands our knowledge by documenting other types of practical furniture, tools and even Shaker clothing...this beautiful and enthralling book opens a window onto the world of the Shakers..." -Wall Street Journal "...this enlightening, visually arresting...uplifting exhibition highlights American ingenuity, resilience and fearlessness; its can-do spirit and individualism. The show is a rich overview of the Shaker community; but it celebrates individual artists, expressing themselves through a plain-spoken poetry that is uniquely American." -Review of Exhibition by the Wall Street Journal "With simple objects, simple words, Farnsworth tells complex Shaker story...it is a great exhibition. It is beautifully installed and fascinating. The objects are important and compelling. The language behind the installation is the level-headed and eminently commonsensical voice of the Believers." -Review of Exhibition by the Portland Press Herald "...the show will present a comprehensive look at the religious, social and economic foundations of Shaker life, seen through Shaker-made objects…accompanied by a richly illustrated book…” –The Republican Journal Hardcover, 256 pages, full color, 9.5" x 11". Skira Rizzoli; First Edition edition (July 1, 2014)
The Story of the Shakers
The Story of the Shakers by Flo Morse The Story of the Shakers by Flo Morse offers a stimulating, graceful summary of Shaker beliefs and the way of life that still endures. Flo, a former writer for the New York Herald Tribune, is the author of The Shakers and the World's People, a comprehensive, widely praised documentary history. Revised edition, February 2016, Paperback, 128 pages, Countryman Press.
A to Z of the Shakers
The A to Z of the Shakers by Stephen J. Paterwic The United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, commonly known as the Shakers, followed Mother Ann Lee to the United States in 1774 when life in England became difficult. In the United States, they established several colonies whose governing principals included celibacy and agrarian communal living. Even at its peak, however, Shakerism claimed only about 4,500 members. Today, except for one active community in Sabbathday, Maine (that's us!), the great Shaker villages are diminished, but the Shakers left an enduring impact on the religion and culture of the United States. The A to Z of the Shakers relates the history of this fascinating group through a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and over 200 cross-referenced dictionary entries on Shaker communities, industries, individual families, and important people. Every definition, biography, and point of history was submitted to the Shakers at Sabbathday Lake for their review before it was included for publication. As such, the voice of the contemporary Shakers is found in the dictionary, and they have given it their unequivocal endorsement. Paperback, 370 pages. Scarecrow Press
Color the Natural World
Color the Natural World: A Timber Press Coloring Book By Zoe Keller A coloring book for all ages! In the whimsical pages of Color the Natural World you can wander from temperate forests and oceans to deserts and prairies. You’ll meet a host of intricately-drawn animals and birds, like the northern pygmy-owl of the Pacific Northwest forest, a fox from the Great Plains, and the California gull. And you’ll encounter a fun mix of bugs, fish, and plants, like the sea urchins found in the Pacific coast, the cacti of the deserts in the Southwest, and a family of Monarch butterflies. Along the way you’ll discover the mindfulness and joy that comes through creativity. Grab your markers, crayons, & colored pencils and get ready to take a journey through the natural world! Paperback, 96 pages, 50 illustrations, black and white photos. 9" x 9". Timber Press
Farm Anatomy: The Curious Parts & Pieces of Country Life by Julia Rothman Learn the difference between a farrow and a barrow, and what distinguishes a weanling from a yearling. Country and city mice alike will delight in Julia Rothman’s charming illustrated guide to the curious parts and pieces of rural living. Dissecting everything from the shapes of squash varieties to how a barn is constructed and what makes up a beehive to crop rotation patterns, Rothman gives a richly entertaining tour of the quirky details of country life. Paperback, 224 pages full color. Storey Publishing
The Apple Cookbook
The Apple Cookbook: 125 Freshly Picked Recipes by Olwen Woodier From sweet to savory and from breakfast to bedtime, apples take center stage in this fun volume. With recipes ranging from traditional apple pies and crisps to unexpected surprises like Ground Lamb Kebabs with Apple Mint Raita, this new edition of the best-selling classic has been completely revised and redesigned to feature more than 30 new apple-themed goodies. With plenty of vegan and gluten-free options, you’ll be cooking apple-based dishes that you can enjoy with all of your friends. Beautiful photographs and easy to follow recipes. Paperback, 240 pages, full color. Storey Publishing