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Religious Records Research at the Archives & Library of the Ohio History Connection


The United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing was also called Shakers because of the shuffling dance they did during their worship services. They formed communities in Lebanon, Warren County and North Union (Shaker Heights), Cuyahoga County. Shakers believed in the equality of men and women, with members of both sexes serving as leaders of communities. The Shakers practiced celibacy and welcomed converts to grow their community. Shakers arrived in Ohio in 1805. The first three Shaker missionaries seeking converts in the state were John Meacham, Benjamin Youngs, and Issachar Bates. Shakers made productive livings from farming, as well as from their furniture-making endeavors. 

Below are lists of select archival and library materials related to the Shakers, available for research at the Ohio History Connection Archives & Library. Review the catalog links below, or explore our Online Collections Catalog using a specific church name or related search terms for more information [example search terms: "Shakers", "United Society of Believers", "Shakers -- Periodical"].

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