Upcoming Events

We are evaluating events and programs on a case-by-case basis through 2023 and may cancel or postpone upcoming events if we cannot ensure the safety of our visitors and staff due to COVID.

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2024 Programs & Events

Manifestation of Light Exhibit Opening

March 8, 2024 | 6-8 pm | Shaker Historical Society

Inspired by the highly anticipated solar eclipse, Manifestation of Light: Exploring the Shakers' Celestial Inspiration delves into Shaker artwork, writing, and culture inspired by the sun, moon, and stars. From gift drawings to poetry to dance, the Shakers' relationship with celestial light and cosmic geometry is grounded in real-world skills and references, providing a captivating intersection of the heavens and earth.

Manifestation of Light opens March 8 from 6-8pm in our first floor gallery in conjunction with Luminous Botanica in our second floor Lissauer Gallery. Light food and drink will be provided. Manifestation of Light is made possible in part by Ohio Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities and will be on view through August 11, 2024.

Luminous Botanica Exhibit Opening

March 8, 2024 | 6-8pm | Shaker Historical Society

As the signs of spring emerge outside, explore an illustrative world of peaceful botanical wonder in Luminous Botanica, a solo exhibition by Sequoia Bostick in our Lissauer Gallery. Sequoia's work features a variety of plant themed scenes that shows her love for the colorful beauty and serenity of nature and plant care.

Sequoia Bostick is an Illustrator, maker, and designer living in Cleveland, Ohio. She creates pieces that are self contained narratives with the purpose of capturing the essence of a single moment, or emotion. As of late, her work has evolved through the use of color theory and shape language to enhance the slice of life illustration experience.

Luminous Botanica opens on March 8th from 6-8pm in our second floor Lissauer Gallery in conjunction with Manifestation of Light: Exploring the Shakers' Celestial Inspiration on the first floor. This exhibit will be on view through May 26.

Shaker Star Party

March 16 | 7:30-9:30pm | Shaker Historical Society | REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Join Shaker Historical Society and Shaker Heights Public Library for a Shaker Star Party on March 16! Beginning at 7:30pm, attendees will learn how to create eclipse viewers out of cereal boxes and participate in star- and eclipse-themed activities before heading outside to learn how to read the night sky with astronomer Chris Mihos from Case Western Reserve University.

Chris Mihos is the Worcester R and Cornelia B Warner Professor of Astronomy at Case Western Reserve University. His research focuses on the evolution of galaxies and galaxy clusters, using ground- and space-based observatories as well as supercomputer simulations of galaxies. He is also keenly interested in astronomy education and science outreach, and exploring the night sky with students and learners of all ages.

This is a family friendly event for school-age children at the Shaker Historical Society. All youth attendees must be accompanied by an adult. Attendees are expected to bring one cereal box per person while Shaker Historical Society provides the remaining supplies. Registration is required for this free event: bit.ly/shs-stars

 Empire Builders Book Launch with Lauren R. Pacini

June 6, 2024 | 7-8:30pm | Shaker Historical Society | REGISTRATION REQUIRED

The Shaker Historical Society and Shaker Heights Public Library are proud to sponsor the launch of Empire Builders: An Illustrated History of the Rise and Fall of Cleveland’s Van Sweringen Brothers (Indiana University Press, 2024), the latest book from architectural photographer and local history author Lauren R. Pacini. The first biography of the Van Sweringen brothers in more than twenty years, Empire Builders shares the remarkable rise and fall of Oris P. and Mantis J. Sweringen, brothers born into poverty with a vision that holds a lasting legacy in Shaker Heights and Cleveland.

Join us on Thursday, June 6 at 7pm to hear author Lauren Pacini discuss the book, purchase a copy, and tour a new Lissauer Gallery exhibition featuring Pacini’s architectural photographs of Van Sweringen properties.

This is a free event at the Shaker Historical Society. Due to limited space, registration is required. Limited parking is available behind the museum with overflow parking along South Park Boulevard. Please note that access to the exhibition in the second floor Lissauer Gallery requires navigation of stairs.

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