Sometimes hearing the actual words of Shaker sisters and brothers can challenge our contemporary perception of life among the Shakers. In preparation for the September Shaker Village House Tour, the Harvard Historical Society will present another talk in its Spring Shaker Series at 7 p.m. on June 14 at 215 Still River Road. Admission is free, donations suggested.
Roben Campbell will talk about the Harvard Shakers in the middle decades of the 19th Century when the Shakers were most prosperous, quoting from their writings to give an idea of what Shaker life was like. Campbell’s research is rooted both in journals and letters and also in the sister’s material culture.
Campbell is an independent scholar specializing in Harvard Shaker life. She has conducted extensive research and delivered papers and talks on population growth and decline in Harvard, the tuberculosis epidemic there, Shaker textiles, and most recently about the cemetery, for which she received an award.