HANCOCK, Mass. — Hancock Shaker Village announces the appointment of three trustees to its board of directors: respected Shaker historian and former Hancock Shaker Village curator Christian Douglas Goodwillie, Director and Curator of Special Collections and Archives of Hamilton College in Clinton; entrepreneur and community advocate Katherine Hand, owner/operator of Berkshire Cider Project in North Adams, Mass.; and choreographer Reggie Wilson, founder of Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group in Brooklyn. Goodwillie, Hand, and Wilson join 17 additional members of the board, chaired by Diane Eshleman.
Goodwillie is currently the Director and Curator of Special Collections and Archives and lecturer in the History Department at Hamilton College. He is a renowned Early American historian with an emphasis on the Shakers and other intentional communities. He is a Past President of the Communal Studies Association and has received numerous awards and fellowships, including the Faith Andrews Fellowship Award from the Winterthur Museum (in 2007, 2009 and 2012), the Research Fellowship Award from the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill (2017), and the Outstanding Paper Award from the Shaker Forum in Enfield, NH (2010). An accomplished author, his 11 books include works on the Shakers such as Hancock Shaker Village: A Guidebook and History and Gather Up the Fragments: The Andrews Shaker Collection. He has authored more than 20 articles on a variety of topics for scholarly journals and popular magazines. He has curated many exhibitions on early American life and Shakers, including several at Hancock Shaker Village.
Hand is founder and co-owner (along with her husband, Matt Brogan) of Berkshire Cider Project — a new craft hard cidery based in North Adams. Berkshire Cider Project makes fine, dry, sparkling hard cider from local apples, including a special small batch made from the apples from Hancock Shaker Village’s historic orchard. Hand also works part-time as part of the corporate sustainability team at HP Inc. with a focus on Environmental Social Governance (ESG) strategy, communications, and investor relations. Prior to receiving her MBA at the Kellogg School of Management, Hand worked for several years grantmaking and fundraising for not-for-profits with a focus on education, economic development, and environmental causes.
Wilson is the founder and leader of the Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group, dedicated to researching, developing and presenting new work that investigates the intersections of culture and movement practices. In 2019, Wilson developed a new work POWER, based on the history of Black Shakers that grew out of residencies at Jacob’s Pillow and Hancock Shaker Village. The work premiered at the Pillow and ICA Boston, and was to have premiered at Brooklyn Academy of Music in spring 2020.