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Established in 1783, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village in New Gloucester, Maine is home to the only active Shaker Community in the world.

Shaker Village Herb House received National Endowment for the Humanities Grant

NEH Awards $750,000 to Shaker Herb House Cultural Center

The fully rehabilitated building will headquarter the 200-year-old Shaker herb business and serve as Shaker Village’s first large-scale year-round educational and cultural space with more than 8,000 square-feet of production rooms and traditional arts studio-classrooms. Free self-guided public access to daily operations, free folk traditions demonstrations, expanded volunteer opportunities, new community alliances, and a wide variety of master classes will deliver experiential learning deeply rooted in herbalism and agriculture, culinary arts, and traditional crafts. The Herb House Cultural & Traditional Arts Center will target local audiences in ways never before possible and will align unique cultural learning experiences with the school calendar and nearly 100,000 students within 60 miles of Shaker Village.
The $750,000 Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grant requires a 4:1 match and marks the start of a $4.3 million capital campaign at Shaker Village to expand public cultural programming.

National Endowment for the Humanities announced the 245 national recipients on April 13, 2022. The Shaker Herb House Cultural & Traditional Arts Center was 1 of 8 projects nationally that received the maximum grant award. The 3-year rehabilitation project and public fundraiser will take place between 2022 and 2024 when the Herb House celebrates its bicentennial.

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The Sabbathday Lake Shakers in New Gloucester, Maine are the faithful heirs, stewards, and examples of 247-years of values, philosophies, practices, and traditions. Still accepting new members and leading a good-will mission of public outreach, the Sabbathday Lake Shakers have opened their home and culture to seekers of all kinds through beneficial personal, academic, and spiritual experiences.

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Upcoming Workshops

Turkey Wing Broom Workshop at Shaker Village with Robert Sheckler

Broom Making Workshop- Turkey Wing -In-person

June 10 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT

Wet Felted Basket / Bowl Workshop

Wet Wool Felted Basket Workshop – In-Person

June 10 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT

Create a Small Loom Workshop with Susan Perrine at Shaker Village Maine

Weaving: Create a Handmade Small Loom Workshop

June 17 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm EDT

Alpaca Peg Loom Weaving Rug Making Workshop at Shaker Village with Notta Lotta Farm.

Alpaca Peg Loom Rug Workshop – On Site

June 17 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm EDT

Summer Tote Basket Virtual Workshop with Carolyn Kemp at Shaker Village

Basket Making Workshop: Summer Tote – Virtual

June 17 @ 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm EDT

Watercolor for Beginners Workshop with Kathleen Gerdes at Shaker Village

Watercolor for Beginners: Birch Trees

June 17 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

Rug Hooking Workshop with Parris House Wool Works at Shaker Village - Two Hearts

Rug Hooking Workshop -In-Person

July 7 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm EDT

Shaker Style Tape Weaving Workshop at Shaker Village

Weaving Shaker Tape Workshop

July 15 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm EDT

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Brother Arnold's Shaker Apple Pie Instant Access Workshop
Brother Arnold's Shaker Kitchen Instant Access Workshop - Sister Elizabeth's Biscuits 3 Ways
Gathering Basket Instant Access Workshop
Needle Felted Sheep Instant Access Workshop

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