Letter: The rich history of Hancock Shaker Village

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To the editor:

Thank you for the article on the reconstruction of the Round Stone Barn at Hancock Shaker Village (Eagle, July 26) and the additional acquisitions and refurbishments that made the museum what it is today. I believe that the history of this amazing place has been kept alive not only brick by brick but also word by word, thanks to the scholarship of Edward Deming Andrews, a Yale History professor who wrote, among several other books, "The People Called Shakers."

For 35 years beginning in 1928, Edward Deming Andrews and his wife, Faith, befriended the Shakers, remaining in the dwindling populations of the communities, listening to their stories, researching their history and collecting the furniture and artifacts remaining in their possession.

Consequently, the Andrews became the first curators of the village having donated from their collection most of the furniture and artifacts in the buildings and being true authorities of all things Shaker.

Beyond the structures at Hancock Shaker Village is a rich and fascinating story available in the writings of Faith and Edward Deming Andrews.

Margaret Roussin,

Hinsdale

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