Inspired Innovations: A Celebration of Shaker Ingenuity
Since the late eighteenth century, Shakers have exerted an influence on our nation wholly disproportionate to the size of their communities. Their approach has helped shape everything from craftsmanship and ingenuity to concepts of communal living and work ethic. And while much of our modern-day fascination with the United Society of Shakers centers upon their unique attention to craftsmanship, the innovative spirit they brought to simple, Godly living is indeed the most timeless aspect of their legacy.
From their earliest days, the Shakers have depended on innovations of every sort to secure their place in a world that was, initially, hostile to their so-called “peculiar” beliefs: community, celibacy, and primitive Christianity. These innovations included improvements, adaptations, refinements, and inventions. Inspired Innovations is the first book devoted to this widely acknowledged but long neglected aspect of Shakerism.
A group of thirteen distinguished Shaker scholars, led by M. Stephen Miller, presents in this lavishly illustrated volume their research on the many “zones” of innovation that are considered here. Historians Scott T. Swank, Glendyne R. Wergland, and Stephen J. Paterwic “set the table” for a feast of words and images. The book features 350 full-color images, complete with descriptive captions and technical data.
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If you can only have one book about Shaker products, this is the one to get. The vibrant images will blow you away.. And the story that goes with the chapters is informative as well as interesting.
I also have Mr. Miller's other "5 star book", From Shaker Lands and Shaker Hands.
These books are a delight for the eyes. Thank you Mr. Miller
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Equality of the Sexes as Shakers Inspired Innovation
Lifestyle and Governance
Medicinal Herbs and Preparations
Health and Sanitation
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Innovations in Music and Song
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