75th Anniversary


The Wandering Years — March 25 - May 29, 2022

We are celebrating the Shaker Historical Society's 75th anniversary with the opening of The Wandering Years: The Early History of the Shaker Historical Society. Featuring archival materials, objects from our collection, and stories from early trustees, this exhibit will take you back in time to highlight the group of residents passionate about collecting and preserving local history through a community museum.

A Pictorial History — April 15 - August 28, 2022

Lissauer Gallery | Second Floor

Part of our 75th anniversary celebration, A Pictorial History: Photographs from the Shaker Historical Society Collection highlights photographs collected throughout our history. Visit the museum’s Lissauer Gallery to view a pictorial representation of Shaker Heights in bygone times.


They Also Serve: The Women Who Preserved Shaker History

From Edythe Turner's Shaker collection to Elizabeth Nord's curatorial work, women played crucial roles in the founding of the Shaker Historical Society. We celebrate Women's History Month and our 75th anniversary by sharing the stories of these impassioned women dedicated to the preservation and teaching of local history to engage and inspire Shaker Heights.

This talk originally aired live on March 28, 2022.



Champagne Hour + Garden Party // $175 per ticket

Garden Party // $100 per ticket

Table Reservation // $1,000 per reservation (seats 8-10 Garden Party guests)

Shaker Soirée: A Celebration in the Gardens

Saturday, July 9 | 6-10pm | Shaker Historical Society | TICKETS REQUIRED

Join us for Shaker Soirée, a garden party with food, friends, libations, and live music! All guests will have full access to beer, wine, signature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts in an intimate garden setting. A pre-event champagne celebration brings you unlimited champagne, a behind-the-scenes museum tour, and garden party admission. Cocktail tables and limited seating will be available throughout the evening. This year's event will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2022 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on museum grounds. Garden party attire encouraged.

This new event is a loving homage to our former Gracious Gardens tours and a nod to the Shaker Historical Society's first planned social event, a community garden party, in 1948. Proceeds benefit the Shaker Historical Society's programs, exhibits, and collections that link the past with the present to inspire the future.

6-7 p.m. // Champagne Hour; includes Garden Party admission, unlimited champagne, three drink tickets, live music, and optional behind-the-scenes museum tour with the Executive Director

7-10 p.m. // Garden Party; includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, desserts, two drink tickets (additional drink tickets available for purchase), and music


From our humble beginnings in Onaway School to pivoting during a pandemic, the Shaker Historical Society has served Shaker Heights and surrounding communities for 75 years with a passion for storytelling and sharing local history. Every dollar you give goes toward continuing our mission to connect our neighbors and friends to our collective past by sharing the story of Shaker Heights. Your generous donations enable us to collect, preserve, and be a leader in our community to link the past with the present to inspire the future.

In 2021, your contributions supported:

  • Sharing local history, stories, and art in 4 exhibitions with virtual counterparts

  • Two camps that welcomed 30 budding historians and archaeologists

  • Bike Shaker and Walk Shaker tours that explored architecture, racial history, the Moreland neighborhood, and Warrensville West Cemetery

  • Collaborations with over 20 local organizations and nonprofits

  • And more! Check out our 2021 Annual Report to learn more about our 2021 in review.

The Shaker Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) organization, EIN 34-1048062. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.