White Water Village, located about twenty-five miles northwest of Cincinnati, was one of the smaller Shaker societies and was often overlooked by those seeking to learn more about the communal movement that practiced celibacy and held religious services that featured elaborate dance movements. Only three substantial accounts of visits to White Water are known to historians.
The article reprinted here by an author identified only as "Kim" was published in 1881 in the Westliche Blätter, a newspaper that catered to Cincinnati’s large community of German-Americans. The Westliche Blätter was the Sunday addition of a popular daily, the Volksblatt, and was designed to be a version of what was known in Europe at the time as a feuilliton, a section of a newspaper or a separate edition that focused on broad political, social, and cultural topics.
American Communal Societies Quarterly
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