Lecture at the Farnsworth: Rickers and Shakers


A view of the Wentworth Ricker Inn as pictured in “Poland Spring Centennial: A Souvenir,” copyright 1895 by Hiram Ricker & Sons, South Poland, Maine.

On Thursday, November 20, the Farnsworth Art Museum will present a lecture by Michael Graham, the Director of Sabbathday Lake Shaker Museum entitled The Sabbathday Lake Shakers and the Rickers of the Poland Spring: A Scrapbook History. The lecture, which is in conjunction with the current Shaker exhibition at the Farnsworth, will take place in the museum’s auditorium at 2 p.m.

This lecture will explore the Shakers’ 150-year long relationship with generations of the renowned Ricker family. The story begins with the land swap that provided the Rickers with the property on which they discovered and developed the famous Poland Mineral Spring; and extends through the heyday of the Poland Spring Hotel, where the Shakers made multiple sales each week for nearly fifty years. Through this interaction, deep, lasting friendships were built that shaped Shaker life at Sabbathday Lake. Speaker Michael Graham is the Director of the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village Museum. The fee is $5 for members and $8 for nonmembers. Will call tickets may be purchased on the museum’s website at farnsworthmuseum.org/education, and must be picked up at the Main Lobby admission desk the day of the event. Advance tickets are also for sale in the museum store. Day-of tickets will be for sale at the main admission desk. No phone reservations will be taken for this event.

The exhibition The Shakers: From Mount Lebanon to the World is on display in the Farnsworth Art Museum’s Morehouse wing through January 4, 2015. Lead Sponsors of the exhibition are the Henry Luce Foundation, the Davis Family Foundation and an anonymous donor. Exhibition Sponsors are Allen Insurance and Financial, Chilton Furniture of Maine, Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, the Grasshopper Shop of Rockland and Windsor Chairmakers. The primary media sponsor of the exhibition is Maine Home + Design.