SOUTH UNION SHAKER VILLAGE

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Objects from the Outer Branch - In honor of #BlackHistoryMonth, this week’s feature for “Objects from the Outer Branch” is an oval box that belonged to one of the free people of color living at South Union, Hannah Freehart. Hannah and her family were brought to South Union as enslaved people, but were free people in the community. Throughout her life as a Shaker, Hannah served as a nurse in the Centre Family and later as an Office Deaconess. 

Hannah, her mother Betty and sister Eunice, all chose to remain at South Union for the rest of their lives and are buried here in the cemetery. 

Thank you to Case Auctions for sponsoring this series!

Objects from the Outer Branch

In honor of #BlackHistoryMonth, this week’s feat…

Objects from the Outer Branch - This week’s episode of “Objects from the Outer Branch” continues with two more objects related to Benjamin Seth Youngs. This letter he wrote to the leadership at Enfield, New Hampshire and a copy of the “Summary View of the Millennial Church” that was given to him from leaders at Hancock Shaker Village. 

Thank you to Case Antiques for sponsoring this series!

Objects from the Outer Branch

This week’s episode of “Objects from the Outer…

Objects from the Outer Branch - Introducing our new video series, “Objects from the Outer Branch.” Every two weeks, we will share an artifact or manuscript from the collection that is rarely available to the public. 

This week, we have pulled from the archives a pocket map and four almanacs, each belonging to South Union’s first elder, Benjamin Seth Youngs. 

Many thanks to @case_auctions for sponsoring this series!

Objects from the Outer Branch

Introducing our new video series, “Objects from …

Preservation Update: Kitchen Door Reproduction 

We have had another door reproduced in the Centre House, this time in the kitchen. As you can see, there is clear evidence that a door used to hang between the kitchen and the dining room. Thanks to our craftsman, Roger Ryan, for reproducing the door exactly how the Shakers would have made, and to John and Linda Tanner for funding this project. Be on the lookout for an update where we paint the door using recently revealed colors!

Preservation Update: Kitchen Door Reproduction W…

Preservation Update: The Big Reveal! 

As mentioned in previous videos, we have been sending Susan Buck several different samples of wood taken from baseboard, chair rail, and doors, to be microscopically analyzed. After she performs her analysis, she provides us with a color match of a @benjaminmoore paint color. The room you see here has recently been painted with the colors that the Shakers would have seen when they moved into the Centre House in 1833. As you can see here, the colors are rich and vibrant! We are grateful to Susan Buck for her work that helps give us an accurate depiction of how the Shakers lived.

Preservation Update: The Big Reveal! As mentione…

Preservation Update: More Paint Analysis! Over the past few months we have highlighted the restoration process of analyzing small samples from woodwork and utilizing the correct colors in our period spaces. Today we show you the newly analyzed woodwork in the 1835 Milk House!

Preservation Update: More Paint Analysis! Over the…

Preservation Update: The South Union cemetery.

Preservation Update: The South Union cemetery.

Preservation Update: Replicating the Shakers’ picket fences.

Preservation Update: Replicating the Shakers’ pi…

Preservation Update: Paint Analysis
The 1846 Ministry Shop is an excellent example of the Shakers’ use of color in their buildings. It wasn’t until the museum began restoration of this building in the late 1990s that microscopic paint analysis, conducted by Susan Buck, revealed just how vibrant the colors of this building truly were.

Preservation Update: Paint Analysis The 1846 Minis…

Preservation Update: When the restoration of the Centre House kitchen began in the 1980s, workers discovered the Shakers’ open fireplace that had been closed in. In an effort to show an even more accurate portrayal of the kitchen, earlier this year we removed the concrete hearth and put back the brick floor that you can see here.

Preservation Update: When the restoration of the C…

Preservation Update: Over the last several years, we have been “selling” windows in the 1854 Wash House. These donations paid for the restoration of two sashes and the surrounding jamb. Because of the generosity of many donors, the windows in the front of the building have now all been restored. We are so appreciative to those who have helped fund this project!

Preservation Update: Over the last several years, …

Preservation Update: Replicating the Sisters’ porch and restoring the door surround. Thank you to Wayne Metcalf for supporting the restoration of the door surround!

Preservation Update: Replicating the Sisters’ po…

Preservation Update: Our “Room by Room” restoration project, which has been generously funded by Jack and Betty Kesler, continues with the Sisters’ Room in the 1824 Centre House. Watch to see how we have worked to restore this space as it would have been in the 19th century. 

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Preservation Update: Our “Room by Room” restor…

Preservation Update: In our on-going preservation efforts, we are looking once more at the restoration of doors at South Union. Many thanks to Kay Bender for sponsoring this project, and to Roger Ryan for his excellent carpentry skills. 

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Preservation Update: In our on-going preservation …

Preservation Update: The door to the 1835 Smoke House has been restored and is now hanging in its original location. For many years a replacement door hung in its place as the original was too damaged to be used. Many thanks to Rex and Suzy Payne for sponsoring this restoration project!

Preservation Update: The door to the 1835 Smoke Ho…

One final #FurnitureFriday. We are incredibly thankful for the support of this series over the past four years. If you are interested in going back and rewatching, the series is archived on our website.

Thank you to @caseantiques for sponsoring #FurnitureFriday!

One final #FurnitureFriday. We are incredibly than…

These three weavers chairs do not relate to the straight chairs or rockers in the collection, but have a great provenance to South Union. 

Thank you to @caseantiques for sponsoring #FurnitureFriday!

These three weavers chairs do not relate to the st…

The Shakers at South Union created a form known as the “linen press” that was made to be used with different bases. The example here was purchased at the 1922 auction with its base, but before this was donated back to the museum, one family member kept the original base. A reproduction was made, though we are unsure if it is an exact replica, or produced upon conjecture. 

Thank you to @caseantiques for sponsoring #FurnitureFriday!

The Shakers at South Union created a form known as…

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