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Nathaniel Silver named Hancock Shaker Village director

Aug 21, 2022 12:45 am

Jordan Michael is reporting for News10 [dot] com following a four-month search, Hancock Shaker Village, the foremost Shaker living history museum in the country, has named Nathaniel Silver as its new director. Silver will take over the position from Jennifer Trainer Thompson on September 19. Silver comes to Hancock Shaker Village from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, where he served for eight years as the William and Lia Poorvu Curator of the Collection and Division Head. In that role, he managed collections, conservation, publications and archives. “I am thrilled to join Hancock Shaker Village at such an exciting time. ...The Shakers left a uniquely American legacy of equity and sustainability that resonates profoundly today and inspires every aspect of the village’s dynamic public program. I look forward to working with the staff, to building on these incredible successes, and to shaping a vibrant future together,” Silver said. Before joining the Gardner Museum, Silver worked for three years at The Frick Collection in New York City. He earned a Ph.D. and a masters degree from the University of London. Hancock Shaker Village consists of 20 historic buildings on 750 acres in Pittsfield, Mass. Through Shaker architecture, design, a 22,000-piece collection and engaging programming, the village brings the Shaker story to life. Read the full story at News10 [dot] com.