Papermaking at the Hancock Shaker Village

The Center for EcoTechnology is thrilled to partner with Hancock Shaker Village to bring information about energy efficiency and waste reduction to their events and activities!

This past Friday we offered upcycling activities for children at the Village’s Free Fun Friday extravaganza. In one activity children repurposed tiles from our EcoBuilding Bargains reused build materials store into decorative coasters and trivets. We also offered a papermaking workshop, where kids made bookmarks out of recycled paper and pulped corn husks. About 150 children took home amazing tiles and bookmarks!

The Hancock Shaker Village, in Hancock, Mass., is a living-history museum open to the public with 20 authentic Shaker buildings, costumed interpreters, rich collections of Shaker furniture and artifacts in rotating exhibits, a full schedule of activities and workshops, and a working farm with extensive gardens and heritage-breed livestock. The village is also an example of environmental sustainability practices from the 1800s and today. The Shakers embraced technological advances and used renewable energy sources – wind, water and passive solar – to help heat and cool buildings and run certain equipment. Today, the Shaker Village gets about a third of its electricity from a solar array that is part of a larger Berkshire solar project.

CET will be back at Hancock Shaker Village for two workshops in the fall: Composting for Everyone at the Village’s 20th Annual Country Fair on Sept. 23; and Weatherization Works on Oct. 14/15.