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Koreshan Unity

Image - Cyrus R. Teed (Koresh)

Cyrus R. Teed


The Special Collections of Hamilton College have nearly complete runs of four periodicals published by the Koreshan Unity: The Guiding Star (Chicago, 1887-1889); The Plowshare and Pruning Hook (San Francisco, 1891-1895); The Flaming Sword (Chicago and Estero, 1890-1948); and The Salvator and Scientist (Allegheny, Pa., 1895-1896). Altogether the collection comprises literally thousands of pages of content, including very interesting material by and about the Harmony Society and the Shakers in the early issues of the Flaming Sword. 


Founded by Dr. Cyrus Reed Teed (aka Koresh), of Utica, New York, in the 1870s, the movement left New York state for Chicago in the 1880s before finding a permanent home at Estero, Florida in 1894. The Koreshans are well-known for their famous proposition that the earth is a concave sphere and we live inside. In fact, the Koreshans posited the entire cosmos was contained within this sphere. Koreshans practiced celibacy and tended a beautifully landscaped community on Estero Bay.


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Christian Goodwillie, Director and Curator of Special Collections and Archives
Telephone: (315) 859-4447


Special Collections
Burke Library
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323

(Reviewed: May 15, 2014)