Shoes of William Dorrell

Shoes of William DorrellIf you love shoes, Memorial Hall Museum has a fabulous collection! But you might not even notice this plain pair made of cloth and wood, nor guess their historical significance. They belonged to William Dorrell (1752-1846), the spiritual leader of the Dorrellites, a utopian society located in Leyden, Massachusetts.

The Dorrellites refused to consume or use animal products of any kind, and believed in free love. Like the leaders of many Utopian groups, Dorrell claimed semi-divine powers, proclaiming himself a new Messiah. He later recanted, dying in poverty at the age of ninety-five. You can learn more about the great spiritual movements of our nation’s past here.

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