South Union Shaker Village recognized for excellence in preservation education

South Union Shaker Village recently received the Edith Bingham Excellence in Preservation Education award from Preservation Kentucky. One of nine awards given by PK annually, South Union Shaker Village was recognized for its commitment to historic preservation through restoration efforts, educational programming, publications, and exhibitions.

Among South Union's most notable recent achievements is the exhibit, "'Dictates of Conscience and Feelings of Humanity:' People of Color at South Union, 1807-1860," a fascinating study of the African American experience among the Shakers. Educational programming for school children also focuses on issues of race and gender in the Shaker community, South Union's Southern foodways and folklife traditions, as well as the sect's attitudes toward sustainability and early examples of "green living."

The PK award is named for Edith Bingham, one of Kentucky's most recognized historic preservation advocates. Mrs. Bingham has been involved in countless preservation projects across the Commonwealth for many years and continues to generously offer her time, talent, and expertise to preserve Kentucky's past. SUSV Executive Director Tommy Hines stated "Edie Bingham began donating her time at South Union nearly 30 years ago, and is currently chairing our Advisory Committee. It is difficult to state just how invaluable she has been and continues to be for our historic site. The fact that we received an award that was named in her honor makes it all the more special to us."

Preservation Kentucky’s mission is to preserve and connect Kentuckians to their heritage, and make Kentucky communities stronger, healthier and economically sustainable. Their goals are to promote preservation as the proven economic driver it is for community stabilization, revitalization, heritage tourism and job creation; and to help Kentuckians appreciate, maintain and protect their heritage.

South Union Shaker Village is located 10 miles west of Bowling Green or 3 miles east of Auburn, just off US 68-80. For more information about visiting South Union, call 270-542-4167 or visit

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