Founded in 1947, the Shaker Historical Society collects, preserves, and interprets the history of Shaker Heights to inspire curiosity and foster engagement between diverse communities and the people, events, and stories that shape local history.

Upcoming Programs & Events

Doan Brook Upper Lake Hike

July 20, 2024 | 10am-12pm | Meet at Horseshoe Lake Historical Marker | REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Explore the Doan Brook Upper Lake on our upcoming hike! Led by Dr. Roy Larick of Bluestone Heights, Doan Brook Watershed Partnership and Shaker Historical Society, this immersive experience offers an opportunity to explore the biodiversity, geological features, and history of the area. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or just looking to reconnect with nature, come join us on the trails of Upper Lake.

The hike will last approximately 2 hours. Closed-toed shoes, tall socks, and long pants are encouraged, as this hike will go through the woods. We will meet at the Upper Lake dam historical marker, 16801 South Park Blvd, near Shaker Historical Society. Registration is required and will be limited to 30 people. Fee is $5.

Advance registration through Doan Brook Watershed Partnership is requested. For questions, please contact DBWP at

Bike Shaker: Explore a Garden City

August 17, 2024 | 10am-12pm | Meet at Shaker Historical Society | REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Our August tour highlights the origins of Shaker Heights as the first planned garden-style suburb in Ohio. Led by experienced cyclists and an SHS tour guide, this ride will take place Saturday, August 17 from 10am-12pm and will visit sites around the city that illustrate Garden City elements.

A helmet and waiver are required for each rider. Each tour is capped at 20 participants with a minimum of 5 participants. A rain date will be set if necessary. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for youth 17 and younger. Shaker Historical Society and Ohio History Connection members can save 50% on tickets by contacting for the discount code.

Don't have a bike? Borrow one (or more) of our 8 adult-size bikes for FREE on this guided tour (first come, first served).

A Museums for All discount is available to those receiving food assistance (SNAP benefits). Please email for more information.

Learn more on our Upcoming Events page!

Current & Upcoming Exhibits

Building an Empire: The Architecture of the Van Sweringens — June 6 - August 25, 2024

Explore the historic properties of O.P. and M.J. Van Sweringen in Building an Empire: The Architecture of the Van Sweringens by architectural photographer and local history author Lauren R. Pacini. Featuring interior and exterior photographs, Building an Empire shares glimpses of notable Van Sweringen properties, including the South Park mansion, the Daisy Hill mansion, and the Union Terminal complex. This exhibition celebrates the launch of Pacini’s latest book Empire Builders: An Illustrated History of the Rise and Fall of Cleveland’s Van Sweringen Brothers (Indiana University Press, 2024) and is on view in the museum’s Lissauer Gallery from June 6-August 25, 2024.

Manifestation of Light: Exploring the Shakers' Celestial Inspiration — March 8 - August 11, 2024

Inspired by the highly anticipated solar eclipse, Manifestation of Light: Exploring the Shakers' Celestial Inspiration delves into Shaker artwork, writing, and culture inspired by the sun, moon, and stars. From gift drawings to poetry to dance, the Shakers' relationship with celestial light and cosmic geometry is grounded in real-world skills and references, providing a captivating intersection of the heavens and earth.

Manifestation of Light is made possible in part by Ohio Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities and will be on view through August 11, 2024.