Exhibit Grand Opening: Spark! Places of Innovation
Saturday, March 2, 2024 | 5-6:30 p.m.
Spark! Places of Innovation will be on exhibit March 2-31, 2024. Shaker Village exhibits are open Wednesday-Sunday from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Exhibit Opening Reception
Saturday, March 2 | 5:00 p.m. | Centre Family Dwelling
Spark! Places of Innovation explores the unique combination of places, people, and circumstances that sparks innovation and invention in rural communities. Inspired by an exhibition by the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, this traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian's Museum on Main Street program features stories gathered from diverse communities across the nation. The Shakers, too, were innovators and creators, famous for producing flat brooms, seed packets, and other items that generated revenue for their flourishing communal settlements. Artifacts and stories about the Shakers' innovations will be integrated into Spark! during this special, month-long exhibition at Shaker Village.
Join us for Shaker Village's grand opening of Spark! Places of Innovation and explore innovation from both a contemporary and historical perspective. Following a reception and introduction, Shaker Village staff will provide guided tours through the exhibit. Appetizers and beverages are included, and a cash bar will be available.
Programming & Tours
Saturday, March 2 | 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. - Spark! Places of Innovation open for self-guided exploration.
11:00-12:30 p.m. - Planes & Woodworking: A behind-the-scenes look at the brethren's tools and their innovative furniture designs (separate ticket required).
Spark! Places of Innovation is located on the 2nd floor of the Centre Family Dwelling, with access available by stairs.
This exhibition was brought to Shaker Village through the support of Kentucky Humanities, in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution.