Rokeby talk to present history behind Quaker meetinghouses

FERRISBURGH — Historic Quaker meetinghouses are iconic pieces of American architecture. Join the Rokeby Museum on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 3 p.m., when Catherine Lavoie examines Quakers’ paradoxical attitudes toward their houses of worship. Lavoie conducted a survey of meetinghouses associated with the Pennsylvania Yearly Meeting and uses the 154 structures as a case study.
Friends lovingly maintain their meetinghouses at the same time they deny their historic importance. Lavoie will explore how the “testimony of simplicity” leads Friends to preserve the old buildings rather than build new ones.
Lavoie is the chief of the Historic American Building Survey at the National Park Service. She is an expert on vernacular architecture and has been with HABS since 1985.
Admission to the program only is $2 or free with museum admission. For more information contact Jane Williamson at [email protected] or 802-877-3406.

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