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Sister Carrie Wade (1872-1924, Mount Lebanon, NY) Carrie started her life as a Shaker Sister sewing in the cloak shop managed by Sister Emma Neale. While Sister Carrie was living at Mount Lebanon, Hugh Gallagher was working as a hired-man there. In 1907, she left the Shakers to marry Mr. Gallagher and raise two children. Carrie (left) in a sewing room at Mount Lebanon in 1903. To read more of Carrie's story visit 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/...

Sister Helena Sarle (1867-1956) Canterbury, NH developed consumption when she was only 23. Eldress Dorothy encouraged Sister Helena to pursue music and arranged cornet lessons for her. Playing the cornet strengthened Sister Helena’s lungs enough that she could play in the Canterbury Orchestra and sing soprano in the Canterbury Quartette (seen here). Read more of Sister Helena's story at www.shakerml.org/.... "Celebrating National Women's History Month" Shaker Museum Mount Lebanon

Sister Jennie Wells (1878 - 1956) came to Shakers when she was four years old. Over the nearly seventy five years she spent with the Shakers she moved over half a dozen times. Sister Jennie lived through the rapid decline of Shaker villages across the country. Read her story and the story of those villages at www.shakerml.org/... "Celebrating National Women's History Month: A Shaker Sketchbook" Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon

Rebecca Jackson (1795 - 1871) a black uneducated married woman, became a visionary in the Shaker Church and with her disciple Rebecca Perot (seen here) established the only urban Shaker community in Philadelphia, PA which was also the only predominantly black community in Shaker history. Read more about her story, Rebecca Perot and the Philadelphia Shakers at www.shakerml.org/.... "Celebrating National Women's History Month: A Shaker Sketchbook" Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon

Dolly Sexton (1776 - 1884). Sister Dolly, (seated right) became one of the longest-lived Shakers in history, dying only five days shy of her 108th birthday. Read Sister Dolly's story at www.shakerml.org/.... "Celebrating National Women's History Month: A Shaker Sketchbook" Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon

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Oh My Time Hath Come ~ Shaker Spirit/Gift Drawing

Shaker Spirit/Gift Drawing

Shaker Spirit/Gift Drawing

Shaker Spirit/Gift Drawing.

Polly Ann (Jane) Reed (1818–1881) New Lebanon, NY, 1848. Watercolor and ink on paper American Folk Art Museum. Beginning in 1837, an intense religious revival swept through the Shaker villages. Over a period of twenty or more years known as the Era of Manifestations, or Mother’s Work, Believers accepted visionary experiences as a part of daily life. These phenomena “received by inspiration” were recognized as “gifts” by the Shaker leadership, and included messages, songs, and drawings.

spiritual map, the holy city, 1843, polly jane reed...from heavenly visions: shaker gift drawings and gift songs in 1795, when shirley, massachusettes, was a community of 200 shakers living on three thousand acres, an outside observer recorded, "the walls are excellent & high & upon an horizontal line, & as straight as they can be laid. inspired by visionary experiences, the gift drawings bridge the heavenly and the earthly spheres....imaging heaven as a perfectly balanced array of circles.

The Pillar of Fire & the Eternal Brightness. Shaker Spirit or Gift Drawing.

Shaker Spirit or Gift Drawing, Dove

Shaker Spirit or Gift Drawing, Visionary Dance

Beads on one string: Shaker Spirit Drawing (c. 1850)

Shaker Sister's Drawings: Wild Plants Illustrated by Cora Helena Sarle

Ken Burns, "The Shakers" documentary

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