Women were deeply involved at every level of the Shaker hierarchy as religious, business, manufacturing, and administrative leaders. In short, “women’s work” in the community was far more than cooking and cleaning.
One need look no further than Mother Lucy Wright who was the national leader of the Shakers for 25 years. However, there were also plenty of women like Sister Isabella Graves (1861-1912) of the South Family who served as a Deaconess and was in charge of selling Shaker goods to downtown stores in Albany. The speaker is Lorraine Weiss, Shaker Heritage Society’s Education Coordinator.
The event is free; however, donations are appreciated.