Shaker Historical Society

COVID-19 Announcement

The Shaker Historical Society has made the difficult decision to close the museum indefinitely beginning November 11, 2020 due to rising and record-setting COVID-19 cases. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but the safety of our visitors and staff is our top priority during this time.

To help stop the spread of coronavirus:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water

  • Wear a face covering over your nose and mouth when around others

  • Avoid crowds and gatherings

  • Practice social distancing

  • Limit travel

  • Stay home if you are experiencing symptoms

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

Winter Quarterly Competition: Shaker Scenes

Now through March 1, 2021

This winter, put your visual storytelling skills to the test by entering our first Shaker Scenes competition. Create a 10 second video of your best Shaker Heights scene this winter. Whether it's watching birds dust off the snow, someone building a snowman, or joyful sledding, the possibilities are endless!

Learn more!

Historic Preservation: How it all began and how it should end, or can it?

February 23, 2021 | 6pm | Facebook Live

Have you ever wondered why buildings in the same neighborhood can look so different? Join virtual guest speaker Crystal Montgomery, Historic Preservation Specialist, as she discusses how historic preservation began as well as modern issues, including construction and additions and how a building design looks. Crystal will give examples of what is appropriate and what is not, and all attendees are encouraged to participate and express their opinion!

Learn more!

Reparations Now: A Crucial Conversation

February 27, 2021 | 12pm | Facebook Live

Reparations have long been a topic of discussion—and controversy—in the United States, amplified in recent years by the Black Lives Matter movement and the health inequities affecting Black communities during the current pandemic. You might have heard the word “reparations,” but do you fully understand what reparations are?

Join us for a discussion with Angelique Gates and Erin McCardle of Reparations Now Cleveland to learn more about reparations, why they are necessary, and how you can contribute to support your community.


Angelique Gates is a consultant based in Northeast, Ohio specializing in diversity, inclusion, and other education initiatives. Getting their start in 2016, they have led various organizing projects including creating a local group that focused on anti-racism efforts. Angelique works with Reparations Now Cleveland as their Community Accountability Partner and is also the Co-Founder of the art space, Current located at 78th Street Creative Studios.

Erin McCardle (all pronouns) is a reparationist and community organizer born and raised in Cleveland. Anything they know about community care and liberation was learned from the leadership of radical Black femmes.

Quinn Hunter: Addressing Black Erasure in Historic and Contemporary Spaces

March 6, 2021 | 6pm | Facebook Live

Join us at 6pm on Saturday, March 6th for a talk by contemporary artist Quinn Alexandria Hunter, exhibiting at Praxis Fiber Workshop through February 28. Quinn Hunter contends with erasure of Black bodies from historic and contemporary spaces and looks at the way erasure of historic labor is connected to the contemporary and how it affects space around us. Using Art and memory to combat erasure, Hunter contextualizes space and land as part of our collective living memory.

See more upcoming events on our Programs & Events page!

Current & Upcoming Exhibits

Shaker's Attic — November 7, 2020 - February 27, 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.

While the museum is closed, you can view Shaker's Attic online!