No Place on Earth
Present to us in elegant chairs and tables, simple baskets and colorful quilts, the Shakers are the quintessential American utopians. Judged on longevity, they are the most successful. The Beinecke Library's first exhibition of the new millennium, No Place on Earth, takes as its subject the American utopian dream, as expressed by the Shakers as well as some twenty other groups across four centuries. From 1620, when a band of Calvinist Pilgrims launched an experiment in communal living at Plymouth Plantation, to the contemporary quest for concord and fellowship in the virtual world of cyberspace, Americans have sought a better place.
Utopia in the New World