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New Lebanon, NY

Shaker museum

gets state funding

Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon has received a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts under the Regional Economic Development Council Consolidated Funding Application.

The museum hired Lisa Malone Jackson as a part-time director of advancement. With the grant, she transitioned to full time work as of Jan. 1. Malone Jackson is responsible for donor cultivation, major gifts, membership growth, donor research, and general outreach. Her work will help support the museum as it increases programming in the new year.

"This grant recognizes the Shaker Museum as an important economic driver in Columbia County," said Lacy Schutz, Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon executive director, "and we're especially proud to play that role in New Lebanon."


Arrowhead available

for winter tours

The Berkshire County Historical Society, which owns and operates Herman Melville's home Arrowhead in Pittsfield, is offering special winter tours and private visits to the home by individuals and groups for the first time.

Tours can be focused to concentrate on different elements, including the creation of "Moby-Dick," life in mid-19th century New England, furniture and artifacts of the period, or the life and history of Herman Melville and his family. The basic tour takes 75 minutes and should be limited to 10 people, although special arrangements can be made for school groups or individual scholars.

For individuals, the cost is $30 for adults and $10 for students (younger children $8). The tour includes time in the society's gift shop. School groups of 12 or more are available at reduced prices. Reservations are essential.

To book a tour, call 413-442-1793, ext. 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Wednesday or Friday, or e-mail


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