The Shaker Museum began in 1860 as the brainchild of Canterbury elder Henry Blinn. Although Canterbury’s museum may have started as the pet project of Elder Henry Blinn, the sisters who inherited responsibility for it in the early 1900s embraced it as their own. Despite a plethora of work responsibilities that sapped their time and energy, they prioritized and valued the museum, perhaps viewing it as one way of ensuring their legacy at a time when the Shaker world was rocked by pessimism, crises, and an ever-declining membership.
American Communal Societies Quarterly
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