Secrets of Inner Life

Renewed public interest tracks down every fragment of information about outward Shaker accomplishments–pioneer dairy methods, seed culture, herb gardening, broom making, to say nothing of the remarkable inventions and much-admired furniture–but the seekers most rewarded are those who search into the secrets of the inner life which inspired such outward gifts.      -Wallace Winchelm “The Poetry of the Shakers,” Religion in Life, Winter 1970

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