Inspired Innovations Paperback

A Celebration of Shaker Ingenuity

by M. Stephen Miller;

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Inspired Innovations

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This is an exploration of the Shakers' innovative spirit that informed their legendary craftsmanship and led to a broad array of creations. 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 Shaker innovation. 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.

Inspired Innovations by M. Stephen Miller was published by University Press of New England in January 2010. The ISBN for Inspired Innovations is 9781584658504.

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Details for Inspired Innovations

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherUniversity Press of New England (January 2010)
Number of Pages240
Thickness16 mm
Height280 mm
Width216 mm
Product Code2743291
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