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Pantechnicon; Shakers


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Series Description

"GBH Radio's nightly magazine of issues, arts, and ideas in New England." Series release date: 6/20/1977

Program Description

Series description: National Educational Television (NET) children’s programming series circa 1966. This program portrays the simple life of an early American religious group, the Shakers. It illustrates how the members of a Shaker community all lived together as one large family. Tony Saletan takes us first to the Shaker Village Work Groups, New Lebanon, New York, where 250 teenagers go during the summer to recreate the crafts and worship services of the Shakers. Then, at the Hancock Shaker Museum, we see a restored Shaker community. Also included is a rare interview with one of the eighteen Shaker ladies living in 1966, Sister Mildred Barker of Sabbathday Lake, Maine, who tells of her life as a little girl. In the course of the program we find out that the Shakers invented many gadgets familiar to us all, and that they opened their doors to the Civil War orphans, creating America’s first orphanages. Mr. Saletan sings a Shaker song: “A Gift to be Simple.”



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Local Communities
Fitzgerald (Series Producer)
Chicago: “Pantechnicon; Shakers,” 03/18/1977, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 24, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/A_356C706D7D6A4C61AF4903383A3616F5.
MLA: “Pantechnicon; Shakers.” 03/18/1977. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 24, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/A_356C706D7D6A4C61AF4903383A3616F5>.
APA: Pantechnicon; Shakers. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/A_356C706D7D6A4C61AF4903383A3616F5
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