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.

Join the Shaker Historical Society for our 3rd Annual Shaker Soirée! Inspired by SHS's first social event, a community garden party in 1948, we are thrilled to invite you to an evening filled with live music, margaritas, and mouthwatering barbecue in our beautiful gardens.

Upcoming Programs & Events

Shaker Soirée Garden Party

July 13, 2024 | 7-10pm | Shaker Historical Society | TICKETS REQUIRED

Join the Shaker Historical Society for our 3rd Annual Shaker Soirée! Inspired by SHS's first social event, a community garden party in 1948, we are thrilled to invite you to an evening filled with live music, margaritas, and mouthwatering barbecue in our beautiful gardens.

All guests will have full access to beer, wine, signature cocktails, and food from Bon Vivant Catering inspired by family backyard barbecues (with options for vegetarian and gluten free attendees) in an intimate garden setting.  The Shaker Soirée is our premier annual benefit to support our mission to collect, preserve, and interpret the history of Shaker Heights to inspire curiosity and foster engagement. Proceeds benefit Shaker Historical Society operations, programming, exhibitions, and collections.

Don't miss this special opportunity to celebrate and support history in a historic Shaker Heights mansion! Learn more and purchase tickets at www.shakerhistory.org/soiree

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 info@doanbrookpartnership.org

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.