Interview: Enfield Shaker Museum

Meet Anna Guenther, Enfield Shaker Museum Events Coordinator, and Kyle Sandler, Enfield Shaker Museum Education Coordinator

Interview conducted December 2020

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The Enfield Shaker Museum and historic site, nestled in a valley between Mt. Assurance and Mascoma Lake in Enfield, New Hampshire, has been cherished for over 200 years. At its peak in the mid-19th century, the Enfield Shaker Village was home to three “Families” of Shakers. Today, their story is preserved and told by the Enfield Shaker Museum.

The mission of the Enfield Shaker Museum, an educational institution, is to preserve and share its historical structures, landscape, and Shaker cultural heritage with our multi-generational visitors, members, and the global community.


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GSA Feedback:

“I found it interesting that the museum is used for so many diverse purposes. I was unaware that it was a wedding venue, and so many unique groups seem to use the location for retreats and gatherings. I was also impressed by the number of community events held there – the cider and cheese festival, harvest festival, snowshoeing event, and so many workshops.”>A GSA found it interesting that “The great Stone House has 20 rooms that are available for overnight stays.

“I enjoyed their comments about how the museum is slowly revealing itself as they continue with the preservation activities – ie, take down a wall to find unique construction techniques.” “I didn’t realize the museum was a work in progress. I pictured it as more “static” or finished. It sounds as though the museum is very connected to the community of Enfield.”