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

Empire Builders Book Launch with Lauren R. Pacini

June 6, 2024 | 7-8pm | Shaker Historical Society | SOLD OUT

**The book launch is sold out. To be added to the waitlist, please contact education@shakerhistory.org**

The Shaker Historical Society and Shaker Heights Public Library are proud to sponsor the launch of Empire Builders: An Illustrated History of the Rise and Fall of Cleveland’s Van Sweringen Brothers (Indiana University Press, 2024), the latest book from architectural photographer and local history author Lauren R. Pacini. The first biography of the Van Sweringen brothers in more than twenty years, Empire Builders shares the remarkable rise and fall of Oris P. and Mantis J. Sweringen, brothers born into poverty with a vision that holds a lasting legacy in Shaker Heights and Cleveland.

Join us on Thursday, June 6 at 7pm to hear author Lauren Pacini discuss the book, purchase a copy, and tour a new Lissauer Gallery exhibition featuring Pacini’s architectural photographs of Van Sweringen properties.

This is a free event at the Shaker Historical Society. Due to limited space, registration is required. Limited parking is available behind the museum with overflow parking along South Park Boulevard.

Empire Builders Public Reception and Exhibit Opening

June 6, 2024 | 8-9pm | Shaker Historical Society | OPEN TO ALL

The Shaker Historical Society and Shaker Heights Public Library are proud to sponsor the launch of Empire Builders: An Illustrated History of the Rise and Fall of Cleveland’s Van Sweringen Brothers, the latest book from architectural photographer and local history author Lauren R. Pacini. The first biography of the Van Sweringen brothers in more than twenty years, Empire Builders shares the remarkable rise and fall of Oris P. and Mantis J. Sweringen, brothers born into poverty with a vision that holds a lasting legacy in Shaker Heights and Cleveland.

Join us on Thursday, June 6 from 8-9pm at the Shaker Historical Society for a public reception to meet author Lauren Pacini, purchase a copy of Empire Builders, and tour a new Lissauer Gallery exhibition featuring Pacini’s architectural photographs of Van Sweringen properties.

The public reception and exhibit opening are free and open to all. Please email education@shakerhistory.org to be added to the waitlist for the Empire Builders book talk prior to the reception.

Limited parking is available behind the museum with overflow parking along South Park Boulevard. Please note that access to the exhibition in the second floor Lissauer Gallery requires navigation of stairs.

Bike Shaker: Welcome to Shaker Heights

June 15, 2024 | 10am-12pm | Meet at Shaker Historical Society | REGISTRATION REQUIRED

The "Welcome to Shaker Heights" History Ride, our June tour, is a great introduction to Shaker Heights history. Led by experienced cyclists and an SHS tour guide, this tour will take place Saturday, June 15 from 10am-12pm and will visit historically significant sites around the city.

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 education@shakerhistory.org 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 education@shakerhistory.org for more information.

Learn more on our Upcoming Events page!

Current & Upcoming Exhibits

Luminous Botanica by Sequoia Bostick — March 8 - May 26, 2024

As the signs of spring emerge outside, explore an illustrative world of peaceful botanical wonder in Luminous Botanica, a solo exhibition by Sequoia Bostick in our Lissauer Gallery. Sequoia's work features a variety of plant themed scenes that show her love for the colorful beauty and serenity of nature and plant care.

Sequoia Bostick is an Illustrator, maker, and designer living in Cleveland, Ohio. She creates pieces that are self contained narratives with the purpose of capturing the essence of a single moment, or emotion. As of late, her work has evolved through the use of color theory and shape language to enhance the slice of life illustration experience.

Luminous Botanica is on view in the second floor Lissauer Gallery through May 26, 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.