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The Shaker Historical Society is a non-profit organization established in 1947 to provide stewardship for our region's significant history by nurturing respectful discovery, preservation, collection, and public dissemination of the history, traditions, and heritage of the North Union Shaker sect, Warrensville Township, Shaker Heights, and the surrounding areas. 

In 2022, we are celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Shaker Historical Society and the 200th anniversary of the North Union Shaker Village. Learn more about exhibits, programs, and events honoring these milestone anniversaries on our 75 Years page.

Upcoming Programs & Events

2023 Annual Meeting

January 29, 2023 | 2-4 pm | Boulevard Room, Shaker Heights Public Library | REGISTRATION ENCOURAGED

Our 2023 Annual Meeting will take place on Sunday, January 29 at the Shaker Heights Public Library. All are welcome to attend, and light refreshments will be provided. An annual report from board and staff members will be followed by "Historic African American Settlements Facing Shaker Heights: Mount Pleasant, Lee-Harvard, and Lee-Seville,” a presentation from Dr. Todd M. Michney:

Several historic African American settlements arose in close proximity to Shaker Heights from its early history onward, with one of them -- located in Cleveland's Mount Pleasant neighborhood, formerly in the Village of Newburgh -- actually predating the city's founding in 1912.  Not only did the presence of these African American communities factor significantly into subsequent patterns of population dynamics, as Shaker itself got its first Black residents starting in the 1950s.  These settlements also shared economic ties to Shaker, served as distinctive models of suburban-style living, and in the case of Mount Pleasant saw an earlier attempt at interracial, neighborhood-based mobilization that later made Shaker Heights nationally-famous as an example of 'managed' racial integration.

About the Speaker: Todd M. Michney is an Associate Professor in the School of History and Sociology at the Georgia Institute of Technology.  He was born and raised in Cleveland and is the author of Surrogate Suburbs: Black Upward Mobility and Neighborhood Change in Cleveland, 1900-1980 (University of North Carolina Press, 2017).

Register today at bit.ly/2023-shs-meeting. Registration is encouraged but not required. 

Shaker Story Time

February 10, 2023 | 10-11 am | Shaker Historical Society | Register today at bit.ly/feb-storytime

Cost: $5.00 per child; Free for SHS members with a Family Membership level or higher

Escape the winter cold and join the Shaker Historical Society for a story time in our galleries! Parents can warm up with a cup of hot cocoa while their children work on their counting and listen to "A Shaker's Dozen." After the story, children and their caregivers will venture through the museum on a Shaker counting adventure! Register at bit.ly/feb-storytimeAdvanced registration is requested, but not required.

This program is the second story time in a 4-month series of story times at Shaker Historical Society on the second Friday morning of the month. The Shakers believed in equality and acceptance of all. Our winter 2023 books will focus on these Shaker values.

We also offer pay-what-you-can and Museums for All discounts. Please email education@shakerhistory.org for more information or with any questions.

Mingle at the Mansion: Sweetheart Edition

February 10, 2023 and February 11, 2023  | 7-8:30 pm | Shaker Historical Society | TICKETS REQUIRED

Cost: $20/members, $30/non-members

Calling all spouses, partners, family, friends, and lovers! This special Sweetheart Edition of Mingle at the Mansion is celebrating love in all its forms. Spend a cozy evening at the Shaker Historical Society enjoying live music, champagne, chocolates from Sweet Bean Candies, chocolate covered strawberries, and a Shaker-inspired valentine craft.

This event is for ages 21+. Tickets are $20/person for SHS members and $30/person for non-members and include live music, champagne (alcoholic and non-alcoholic options), sweets (including Sweet Bean chocolates), and craft supplies. Members, email shakerhistory@shakerhistory.org for the discount code! Additional chocolates from Sweet Bean will also be available for purchase for a yummy Valentine's Day gift. Attendance is limited, so purchase tickets today at bit.ly/sweetheart-mingle! 


Tickets will only be refunded in the event of program cancellation. Limited parking is available in the lot behind the museum with overflow parking along South Park Boulevard.

Learn more on our Upcoming Events page!

Current & Upcoming Exhibits

Archiving Horseshoe Lake

Archiving Horseshoe Lake shares the history of the Horseshoe Lake area from pre-colonization to present and encourages residents to consider the current situation in a broader context.

VIEW THE DIGITAL EXHIBIT

Letters to My Father — Opening February 17, 2023

Do you ever wonder what people who have passed on would think about what is happening in the world? Would Martin Luther King Jr. come back and be happy about the progress we have made? Letters to My Father takes a look at how some people in the local community have been impacted by the work of others who were change makers. Hear about how they have been influenced by the body of work done by people of history.

Letters to My Father was organized by Kim Harris of Shaker African American Mothers Support (S.A.M.S.) with support from Shaker Historical Society. The exhibition is on view at the Shaker Historical Society from February 17-May 7, 2023.