Shaker Historical Society


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 on site at SHS! For more information and to get a rental agreement, please visit our rentals page here!

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 and register!

Let’s Talk Sustainability: Earth Day Panel

April 22, 2021 | 6pm | Facebook Live/Zoom (Register Here)

How do I dispose of single-use compostable cutlery? Are any of my take-out containers recyclable? How can I reduce waste? How can I become more sustainable?

This Earth Day, let’s talk about sustainability in our community! With the rise in single-use products during the pandemic, many efforts to increase and maintain sustainability have been more difficult to achieve. Join us April 22 at 6pm on Facebook Live or Zoom (Register Here) for a discussion with community organizations about how we all can become more sustainable. Do you have a question you would like to ask the panel? Please email

Panelists include:

Moderated by:

AIM: How It Started

April 23, 2021 | 6pm | Zoom (REGISTER HERE)

Join Cleveland AIM representatives Robert Roche and Jeff Pierce for the first talk in a two-part series about Cleveland AIM history and issues facing Native Nations. This first talk will discuss the start of the American Indian Movement (AIM), which was founded in 1968 by Eddie Benton-Banai and Clyde Belcourt. This series is free to the public but registration is required through Zoom.

The Shaker Historical Society acknowledges that Cleveland AIM provides one perspective of Native history and issues but does not speak on behalf of all Indigenous people of Northeast Ohio.

Learn more about the speakers here!

Mother's Day Tea Party

May 9, 2021 | 2pm | Shaker Historical Society (Rain Date: May 23, 2021)

The Shaker Historical Society requests the pleasure of your company for tea and cakes on Sunday, May the ninth at two o’clock in the afternoon! Make sure not to miss out on a teatime filled with crafts, contests, flowers, and a celebration of (any) loving caregiver and their children.

This event will include tea and other beverages, an individual bundt cake, supplies for fancy mask decorating, flowers for arrangements, music, dancing, and laughter. We understand that this year has been challenging for many and are requesting a $20 donation, which would include everything listed for up to four family members. We will also be offering the opportunity, for those who are able, to “pay it forward” and support other families who are not able to donate but wish to participate. So dress in your fanciest (or most fun) tea party attire and visit to reserve your spot!

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!