Hands to Work, Hearts to God: Celebrating Mother Ann Lee’s Legacy

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Hands to Work, Hearts to God: Celebrating Mother Ann Lee’s Legacy

September 22, 2024 - January 12, 2025

September 22, 2024 – January 12, 2025
Reception: November 10, 2024, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Ann Lee (1736-1784), known to the Shakers as “Mother Ann,” is the founder of the Shaker religion, also known as the United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing. She inspired thousands of followers through her philosophy of community, equality and charity, and her mantra, “Hands to work, hearts to God.” As a result of many years of religious persecution, Mother Ann died prematurely, 240 years ago. This exhibit explores her legacy, and the inspiration she imparted on the women, or “sisters,” who lived and worked in the nineteen Shaker communities in the United States.

Objects on view from the museum’s collection highlight industries that “sisters” were engaged in, and are juxtaposed with works by Massachusetts artist Laura Christensen, who interprets Mother Ann Lee’s life and work. Christensen, who works with vintage photographs, has created two and three-dimensional works that explore aspects of Mother Ann Lee’s vision and the impact she had on her followers.

Shown: Shaker Sewing Desk, late 19th century
butternut, pine, birch wood


September 22
January 12, 2025
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