Ongoing fundraising efforts will be focused upon the Shaker Herb House. The 18th century structure stands derelict behind the brick Dwelling House as the sole remaining herb house representing the Shakers’ pioneering achievements to herbal medicine in American history. Backed by a $750,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Brother Arnold and Graham need to raise $3.2 million to rehabilitate the 8,000 square foot building into the headquarters of the Shaker Herb business and traditional arts studio classrooms. The Herb House will become Shaker Village’s first year-round, educational, cultural center and will sustain multi-generational community relationships.
The Herb House fundraiser was recently announced to the Friends of the Shakers, a membership-based support group with more than 600 households nationally and internationally. In less than 2 months, members of this group have contributed nearly $400,000 to the Herb House project with new donations arriving each day.
Graham said, “When Shaker Village was built 200 years ago, it was designed to serve the Shakers exclusively. Exclusivity has changed. For more than 50 years, the Shakers have opening their doors wider and wider to audiences and seekers of all kinds. It has become a great gathering place of learning, enrichment, and growth. We’re being called as friends, admirers, and advocates to give back to the Shakers, who have given this nation and us so much. The time is now to preserve this place for all time and continue build a blended community at Shaker Village where Shakers and non-Shakers learn and experience, side by side. Perhaps more than ever before, the world needs Shaker Village and its many examples of kindness, love, and simplicity.”
The Shaker Great Barn is being supported in part by a Save America’s Treasures grant from the Historic Preservation fund administered by the National Park Service, Department of Interior.
On April 13, 2022 the National Endowment for the Humanities announced that it recommended a $750,000 Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grant to the Shaker Herb House & Traditional Arts Center.