From Their Hands and Lands: Artifacts from Connecticut’s Enfield Shakers

Mar 23, 2018 - Jul 7, 2018


The Enfield, Connecticut Shaker community was established in 1792. This exhibit highlights the Enfield community, celebrating 125 years of their craftsmanship, distinctive design style, and entrepreneurial agricultural practices. Fine workmanship and agricultural cultivation powered the Shaker economy, creating two distinct categories of Shaker material culture: products from their hands and products from their lands.

Relatively few documented remnants, artifacts, and craft pieces from Enfield survive. The pieces in this exhibition are from the Connecticut Historical Society, the Collection of M. Stephen and Miriam R. Miller, the New Britain Museum of American Art, and Hamilton College.

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