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2015 new books
The Shaker Legacies:
Hancock and Mount Lebanon
Joseph R. Votano
• A photo-rich look inside the over-160-year history of two Shaker villages: Hancock and Mount Lebanon
• Photos and text reveal the remarkable facets of the Shaker way of life
• Who produced the world’s widest-selling drug remedy in the late 1800s? Shakers at Mount Lebanon!
Dozens of beautiful photos, both vintage and contemporary, draw us into the fascinating world of Shaker
communities’ accomplishments, their progressive views, and their still-resonating impact on American
life. This book focuses specifically on two Shaker villages, Hancock and Mount Lebanon, which were close
neighbors situated on either side of the Taconic mountain range bordering New York and Massachusetts.
Mount Lebanon was the vibrant voice of Shakerism for over 160 years while Hancock lived in the shadows
of its larger sister. Explaining the beliefs that grounded these villages, this book unfolds the Shaker legacies
we live with today, involving Shakers’ spiritual beliefs, their social welfare structures, their wide-ranging
industries from seeds to herbal medicines to furniture to fancy goods, and their building of villages and of
lives with a sense of purpose and permanency.
Joseph R. Votano
is a freelance photographer who lives in the Boston, Massachusetts, area. He has
extensively photographed New England’s architecture, people, and places over the years. His published
works include several European photo-travelogues and a photo book on Boston.
Size: 11" x 8 1/2" • 180 color & b/w photos • 160 pp.
ISBN: 978-0-7643-4933-1 • hard cover • $34.99
Cathedrals Built by the Masons
Russell Herner
• More than 240 photographs of 30 magnificent cathedrals designed and built by the Master Builders
• See impeccable naves, vaulting, beautiful stained-glass windows, and flying buttresses built using primitive tools
• Learn how Freemasonry descended directly from the stonemasons of the Middle Ages
Through well-researched text, as well as drawings and color photography, this book captures the magnificence
of European cathedrals and the brilliance of the Master Builders and craftsmen who designed and built them.
Cathedral building is a fusion of man’s greatest accomplishments in the arts, sciences, and humanities over the
centuries. More than 250 photos and drawings capture the quality and craftsmanship built into these stunning
structures created to replicate God’s house or heaven on Earth. Color photos illustrate the gorgeous naves,
detailed fan vaulted ceilings, beautiful stained-glass windows, flying buttresses, and 650-year-old parchment
primitive tools, and learn about the development of Freemasonry and its direct descent from the stonemasons
of the Middle Ages. Enjoy 30 cathedral tours and acquire a fewMasonic secrets of the stonemasons.
began researching cathedrals in 1969 and has collected primitive tools for over 50 years. He
has been a Mason since 1962 and received the 33rd Degree in 1992. His two previous books are
An Ancient Masonic Temple
Antique Ice Skates for the Collector
Size: 9" x 12" • 247 color & b/w images • 224 pp.
ISBN: 978-0-7643-4840-2 • hard cover • $45.00
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