Conversation with Brother Arnold Hadd at Farnsworth Museum


ROCKLAND — The Farnsworth Art Museum will present a conversation with Brother Arnold Hadd of Sabbathday Lake on Wednesday, Nov. 5.

Farnsworth Chief Curator Michael K. Komanecky will talk with Brother Arnold about his life as a Shaker, exploring what it means to be a Shaker, how he came to choose his calling and what the future of the Shakers may be.

The conversation, which is in conjunction with the current Shaker exhibition at the Farnsworth, will take place in the museum’s auditorium at 2 p.m.

Hadd has been a member of the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Community for 36 years and serves his community as farmer, printer, historian, elder and trustee. He is recognized for his comprehensive knowledge of the Shakers in Maine.

During the program, the audience will be invited to ask questions. The fee is $5 for members and $8 for nonmembers. Will call tickets may be purchased on the museum’s website at, 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.

Drawn primarily from the collection of the Shaker Museum|Mount Lebanon, the exhibit, “The Shakers: From Mount Lebanon to the World,” presents a look at the religious, social and economic foundations of Shaker life, seen through Shaker-made objects. It includes a section on the Shakers at Sabbathday Lake, the last active Shaker community.