Annual Fund

From changing how we spend time with friends to learning to recognize a smile behind a mask, this year has been a lesson in flexibility and adaptation for everyone. These are truly historic times, but history is not just numbers and statistics. The heart of history is stories.

When we as a museum look back on this year, we will look at the statistics—days closed, number of visitors, program attendees—but we will also reflect on the stories. Hearing a young, first-time visitor excitedly ask about everything in the museum, including our “ancient” 10-year-old television. Feeling the sun on our face and grass under our feet during a socially-distanced presentation at the cherry tree grove on a beautiful late summer day. Watching our 15-year-old Junior Board Member work tirelessly to develop a fantastic physical and digital exhibit highlighting decades of community giving. And the list goes on.

We are incredibly grateful for your continued support and generosity that has made these stories possible in a challenging year. Your thoughtful gift now will help sustain ongoing operations and the important work of the Shaker Historical Society to connect our neighbors and friends to our collective past by telling the story of Shaker Heights.

I thank you in advance for your commitment to help the Shaker Historical Society continue to collect, preserve, and be a leader in our community as we link the past with the present to inspire the future. Please contact me at btreleven@shakerhistory.org if you have any questions or if we can assist you in any way.

Brianna Treleven, Executive Director

Not comfortable donating online? Mail a check made payable to the Shaker Historical Society to 16740 South Park Blvd, Shaker Heights, OH 44120 with "2020 Annual Fund" on the memo line. Please include a note with your email address if you would like quick confirmation that we received your check.

As you consider your end-of-year giving, remember that the CARES Act temporarily allows non-itemizers to claim a tax break of up to $300 when they file their taxes in 2021. For more information, read this article from MarketWatch and refer to IRS guidelines.