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After receiving an ancient sacred text written on gold plates from an angel named Moroni, Smith needed to translate and publish the text, an operation he knew would cost a considerable amount of money that he did not have. He asked Martin Harris, a…

Joseph Smith Jr. and his family moved to Palmyra, New York when he was eleven. Young Smith was overwhelmed by the religious turmoil he witnessed in the Burned-Over District. His mother was a member of the local Presbyterian church and his father used…

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27) One of the key tenets of Shakerism is the dualism of God as male and female. In accordance with this belief, gender…

In the 1820s, the Shakers of Mount Lebanon created one of the very first businesses in America that processed herbs for medicinal uses. They rapidly became well-known for their herbal extracts, powders, and syrups. In 1896, The Harrisburg Telegraph…

The Brethren’s Workshop, located in this four story red brick building, was constructed in 1829. It was primarily used to house the many workshops that employed Shaker Brothers, although in its early days it was used by the Sisters as a laundry…

The Brothers and Sisters of the North Family lived together under one roof where they woke, dined, and retired in unison. Erected in the first half of the 19th century, it served the North Family until the last members left in 1947. The Dwelling…

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