The Shakers of Sabbathday Lake
‘Tis the gift to be simple, ‘tis the gift to be free
‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight.’
Save the date….October 17th at 1:00pm! The Loose Ladies Book Club and the Bowdoinham Public Library happily welcome Dr. David Richards back for a third year, this time for an illustrated presentation on “The Shakers of Sabbathday Lake.”
Ann Lee was the founder and leader of the American Shakers in the late 1700’s. The Shakers practiced communal living, encouraged simplicity in dress, manner and speech. They were pacifists and were well known for their furniture, baskets, herbs, innovative inventions and much more. The Sabbathday Lake Village in New Gloucester, Maine is the only remaining active Shaker Community in the world.
Today visitors have the opportunity to tour the community, viewing their period buildings and exhibits. There are over 20 rooms on display to demonstrate the way in which the Shakers lived, and in the case of Sabbathday Lake, still live. The community is home to the Shaker Museum which was created in 1931 by Sisters Iona Sedgley and Ethel Peacock for the purpose of educating visitors about the Shaker faith and lifestyle.
Dr. David Richards will draw upon his seven years among the Sabbathday Lake Shakers as curator of the Shaker Museum to talk about the history of the religious sect from its origins in England to its present day existence in Maine. There will be classic Shaker refreshments and a Shaker display at the event.
The event will take place at the Coombs Municipal Building, 13 School St., Kendall Room. A variety of books and publications on the Shakers will be available at the Library for loan in September. Call the library, 666-8405 to reserve a copy. Hope to see you there!