New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu visited Canterbury Shaker Village on Thursday, October 21, 2021. Accompanied by Executive Director Leslie Nolan and Board of Trustee members, Sununu was led through the Village by longtime tour guide Bill Naughton.
On his first visit to the Village since taking office in 2017, Sununu, a graduate of MIT, was impressed by the technologies of the Canterbury Shakers and their accomplishments in engineering. He especially appreciated the mechanics of the Laundry Building and enjoyed a behind-the-scenes look at the Shaker Sisters’ last car, a mid-1970’s Pontiac Bonneville.
“Welcoming Governor Sununu to Canterbury Shaker Village was a tremendous opportunity to showcase the work being done to restore the infrastructure of this National Historic Landmark,” said Nolan. “We were eager to discuss the results of recent grants awarded by New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program, New Hampshire Humanities, New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment of the Humanities.”
The Village is grateful for the Governor’s genuine curiosity about the Shakers’ history as well as his careful consideration of the museum’s future preservation.

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October 21, 2021
Contact: Rae Easter
Marketing and Development Coordinator
Canterbury Shaker Village
603-783-9511 x 205