The Roycroft Campus of East Aurora, New York, is home to beautiful buildings, sublime artwork, and iconic furniture. Finding the inn, the print shop, or the copper shop requires little effort. But the stable, which is now home to the Roycroft Inn and…

A Utopia for lifelong learners, the Chautauqua Institution was founded in 1874 by Lewis Miller and John Heyl Vincent. Initially, Miller and Vincent sought to improve the teachings of Sunday Schools, but the scope of their project quickly grew and…

When John Humphrey Noyes and his Oneida Perfectionists removed themselves from the constraints and expectations of mainstream society, they forged many new and unorthodox traditions. However, the Perfectionists were not immune to all aspects of…

The Second Meetinghouse was the religious center of the Shaker community at Mount Lebanon. The largest Shaker meetinghouse in America, the building was erected between 1822 and 1824 to accommodate the rapidly growing community of worshippers and…

The Roycrofter community (also known as Roycroft) of East Aurora, New York was founded in 1895 by Elbert Hubbard, a wealthy former soap executive from Buffalo, New York who was inspired by the English Arts & Crafts movement and the work of John…