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Goodwillie on Communal Societies


Christian Goodwillie
Christian Goodwillie

Director and Curator of Special Collections and Archives Christian Goodwillie recently published an essay titled “Believers in Two Worlds: The English Shakers in England and America.”

The article appears in Protestant Communalism in the Trans-Atlantic World, 1650-1850, edited by Philip Lockley of Oxford and Durham Universities and published by Palgrave Macmillan. The anthology examines the trans-Atlantic interchange in early American communalism. 

Goodwillie also contributed eight articles to The Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States (Rowman and Littlefield). He wrote about Shaker members Richard McNemar, Joseph Meacham and Frederick W. Evans; communal leaders Johannes Kelpius, Johann Georg Rapp and Pieter Cornelis Plockhoy; and the communal societies the Koreshan Unity and House of David.

In addition, Goodwillie continues to speak about his latest publication Symbols in the Wilderness: Early Masonic Survivals in Upstate New York (Upstate Institute and Richard W. Couper Press). Co-authored with Joscelyn Godwin of Colgate University, the book includes photos by Marianita Peaslee, photography and digital imagery specialist at Hamilton.

Goodwillie discussed the book at the New York State Library in Albany, N.Y., on Dec. 14. Later that evening, he and Godwin discussed their work at The Other Side in Utica, N.Y.

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