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Sisters and girls, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, ca. 1902

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Pictured from left are, back row, Sisters Clara Stewart, Amanda Stickney, Mamie Curtis, Katherine McTigue, Lizzie Bailey, Laura Bailey, Sarah Fletcher, Jennie Mathers, Ada Cummngs and Claire Chace.

In the front row, from left, are Rosamond Drake, Ethel Corcoran, Grace Freeman, unidentified girl, Irene Corcoran, Iona Sedgley, unidentified girl, Emma Soule and Emma Freeman.

Although organized as celibate religious communities, Shakers still made provisions for the raising of children. By this time, most of the children who entered the community were orphans. They were placed in either the Girls' Shop or Boys' Shop, apart from the adults in the Dwelling House.

Caretakers looked after the children, supervising their education, work and play.

The group is on the front porch of the Girls' Shop, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village.

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