Program Director
Jenn Dorsey 518-782-6947      

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NEH Landmark Grant: Heaven on Earth: Shakers, Religious Revival, and Social Reform in America

Congratulations to the 80 NEH Summer Scholars who will participate in Heaven on Earth: Shakers, Religious Revival and Social Reform in America, a NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop for School Teachers. The workshop will take place at Siena College in two separate sessions. The first session will run from July 7 to July 13. The second session will run from July 14 to July 20.

Participating K-12 educators will undertake their own fieldwork in the history of American Shakerism. Participants will engage in interactive seminars with scholars; investigate Shaker artifacts and primary documents at the New York State Museum and New York State Library, and tour three historic Shaker sites: Hancock Shaker Village, Shaker Museum Mount Lebanon and Watervliet Shaker Historic District. Workshop participants will brainstorm with the workshop faculty and each other on how to apply their discoveries to curriculum that will bring the fascinating history of American Shakerism to life for contemporary students.

Stay tuned for more details about curriculum. The team of historians and museum professionals who will lead the workshop are preparing a syllabus that will include a schedule of site visits, required readings, suggested readings and lecture topics.

We can't wait to meet you!


Jennifer Dorsey, Ph.D.
Project Director and Associate Professor of History
Siena College’s McCormick Center for the Study of the American Revolution