Shaker Historical Society

WE'RE OPEN!

As of April 7, the Shaker Historical Society is open to visitors by appointment-only from 11am-5pm on Wednesday-Friday with a goal of resuming our normal operating hours by May. Book your visit here!

Keep an eye on our Facebook, Instagram, and website or sign up for our newsletter for the most up-to-date information about programs and events. While our doors are closed, you can still view our digital exhibits on our website and several past programs on our YouTube page!

Our top priorities during this time are to keep visitors and staff safe and healthy; to keep the collection safe; and to maintain a connection with the community.

Upcoming Programs & Events

SHS Garden Bed Rentals: 2021 Season

Open now, spaces limited!

Want to get into gardening? Don't have the right space for a garden this year? Consider renting one of our community garden beds at SHS! For more information and to download a rental agreement, please visit our rentals page here!

Educator's Corner: Oral History

May 12, 2021 | 12pm | Facebook/Instagram

The Shaker Historical Society is excited to announce a summer oral history program and related talks made possible through an Ohio Humanities grant! Learn more about what oral histories are, why they are important, and how you can contribute during Allison’s talk on Facebook and Instagram!

Bike Shaker: Welcome To Shaker Heights History Ride

May 16, 2021 | 11am-1pm | Meet at Shaker Historical Society

Whether you’re a Shaker native or a tourist, spend this summer with the Shaker Historical Society to learn about Shaker Heights while enjoying everything the city has to offer! Bike Shaker 2021 will feature a monthly guided tour in May through August.

The "Welcome to Shaker Heights" History Ride, our May Bike Shaker tour, is a great introduction to Shaker Heights history. This tour, led by experienced bicyclists, will take place Sunday, May 16 and will visit significant sites around the city. Participants are welcome to tour the museum after the ride! A map with historical information will be available to download for self-guided tours one week after this guided tour.

Helmets and masks are required. Each tour is capped at 15 participants with a minimum of 3 participants. A rain date will be set if necessary.

Learn more and register here!

Shaker's Attic Closing Reception

May 21, 2021 | 6-8pm | Shaker Historical Society

Join the Shaker Historical Society for this free closing reception for our current exhibit Shaker’s Attic: A History of Community Giving. It’s not uncommon for local historical societies to become "community attics” after decades of donations from residents and organizations. Like attics, many objects go into storage and rarely come out.

Shaker’s Attic is curated by SHS Board Member Hazel Smith (a sophomore at Shaker Heights High School) and highlights treasures from the museum’s collection donated by active Shaker residents that are not on view yet hold significant historical value.

Masks and social distancing will be required, and you may be asked to wait in another room if the gallery is at capacity. Parking is available behind the museum and on the north side of South Park Boulevard across from the museum. This exhibit is also available to view digitally!

Shaker Century Garden

In a year full of great change and loss, Story Forum, Inc. and The Shaker Historical Society have partnered to unite our community around a shared history to grieve lost time together and pave the way forward with renewed hope for the future. The goal of this project is to connect Shaker Heights families with each other, the history of the area, and the greater Shaker community through storytelling based on The Century Garden and corresponding care, maintenance, and programming.

Learn more about the Century Garden and register here!

Summer Camps

Registration open now, spaces limited!

The Shaker Historical Society is happy to announce the return of our Summer Camps this year! We are hosting two, 5-day, in-person camps this summer that are sure to excite, entertain, and engage all campers!

Hopping Through History

June 21-25 | 9am-1pm

Grades 3-8


Shaker Dig 7

July 12-16 | 9am-12pm

Grades 1-6

Learn more and register here!

See more upcoming events on our Programs & Events page!



Current & Upcoming Exhibits

Shaker's Attic — November 7, 2020 - May 23, 2021

It’s not uncommon for historical societies to become "community attics” after decades of donations from residents and organizations. Like attics, many objects go into storage and rarely come out. Shaker’s Attic: A History of Community Giving is curated by our Junior Board Member Hazel Smith and highlights treasures from the museum’s collection, donated by active Shaker residents, that are not on view yet hold significant historical value.

Schedule your visit or view Shaker's Attic online!