Anita Alice Potter (right): The young girl under the care of Anna Delcheff a Bulgarian Shaker Sister at Hancock, MA. Anita came to the Shakers at age eight and left a few years later when her caretaker Anna, married her widowed father Mr. Potter in 1928. Read more of Anna's story on our website, www.shakerml.org/... "Celebrating National Women's History Month: A Shaker Sketchbook" Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon
Sister Emma Jane Neale (1847-1943, Mount Lebanon) developed a cloak business that served as an example of genuine, honest Shaker products highly valued in the early 20th century. In doing so, she established the Mount Lebanon Shakers as key figures in the 20th century economy not just as consumers, but producers. Read Sister Emma's story at www.shakerml.org/.... "Celebrating National Women's History Month: A Shaker Sketchbook" Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon
Sister Margaret Egleston (1843-1925, Mount Lebanon, NY). On December 28, 1923, a fire broke out in the Second Family that threatened not only the chair factory, but half a dozen Shaker workshops and buildings. Seventy-five year old Eldress Margaret jumped to action organizing the Shaker sisters in a bucket-brigade hauling buckets of water up to the roofs of the burning buildings. Read about Margaret's story at www.shakerml.org/... Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon
Sister Emma Jane Neale (1847-1943, Mount Lebanon) [front] revived the Shaker cloak business at Mount Lebanon. The "Shaker" design included a silk lining and ties, a pleated hood, arm slits and inside pockets. Two years after taking the position she applied for a patent for the “long cloaks” under the name E. J. Neale & Co. Mount Lebanon, NY - her namesake. Read more of Sister Emma at www.shakerml.org/... Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon
Sister Carrie Wade (1872-1924, Mount Lebanon, NY) left the Shakers to marry Hugh Gallagher, a hired man at the village. He stayed on as a hired-man and Carrie remained close with the Shaker Sisters. She became a member of the Committee of Nursing Service and reportedly helped the Shakers maintain their infirmary. Carrie and Hugh Gallagher lived at the Ann Lee Cottage at Mount Lebanon with the Shakers for over fifteen years. Read more of Carrie's story at www.shakerml.org/...