Shaker Studies

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The Shakers, a Protestant religious denomination officially called The United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, originated in Manchester, England in 1747, and grew through the 1800's to 26 communities, with a peak of between 4,000 and 5,000 members in the 1860's, fading to only a final few by 2000.  A widely held but incorrect belief is that they died out because they were celibate, in fact, they were no different then many clerical orders of monks and nuns.

Shaker Studies covers a wide range of interests, from study of their religion and music, to their cabinet making and building construction, and many ingenious inventions, to the reading of their many. many pages of detailed journals.  Basically consider a community during the peak American agricultural era that spent most days, either working in the fields or writing and studying.  The trails they left are wide and cover many interesting facets of life.  





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