The Shaker Historical Society is a non-profit organization established in 1947 to provide stewardship for our region's significant history by nurturing respectful discovery, preservation, collection, and public dissemination of the history, traditions, and heritage of the North Union Shaker sect, Warrensville Township, Shaker Heights, and the surrounding areas.
In 2022, we are celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Shaker Historical Society and the 200th anniversary of the North Union Shaker Village. Learn more about exhibits, programs, and events honoring these milestone anniversaries on our 75 Years page.
Upcoming Programs & Events
Shaker Soirée: A Celebration in the Gardens
July 9 | 6-10pm | Shaker Historical Society | TICKETS REQUIRED
Join us for Shaker Soirée, a garden party with food, friends, libations, and 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 with valet parking included. Garden party attire encouraged.
Shaker Dig Summer Camp
July 11-15, 2022 | 9am-12pm | Shaker Historical Society
Our popular archaeology camp returns for its 8th year! Join Archaeologist Elizabeth Hoag of the Cleveland Institute of Art and Master Teacher Rosemary Nemeth of Gesu School for Shaker Dig, a fun, hands-on archaeology summer camp for students in grades 1-5!
Bike Shaker: North Union Shakers
July 17, 2022 | 11am-1pm | Shaker Historical Society
In 2022, we are honoring the 200th anniversary of the North Union Shaker Village! The North Union Shakers ride, our July tour, is a great introduction to the Shaker religious sect and North Union Community. This tour, led by experienced bicyclists, will take place Sunday, July 17 and will visit significant sites around the city.
A helmet and waiver are required for each rider. Participants are welcome to tour the museum after the ride! This tour is capped at 15 participants with a minimum of 5 participants. A rain date will be set if necessary.
Upper Watershed Hike with Dr. Roy Larick
July 23, 2022 | 1-3pm | Shaker Historical Society
Join the Doan Brook Watershed Partnership, the Shaker Historical Society and Dr. Roy Larick of Bluestone Heights for a guided walk to explore change in the upper Doan Brook ecosystem from the final glacial retreat to the present.
Walkers will meet at the Shaker Historical Society parking lot at 1pm on July 23rd. Be sure to wear sturdy footwear! A $5 per person fee, payable in cash or check, will be collected on the day of the event.
Current & Upcoming Exhibits
A Pictorial History — April 15 - August 28, 2022
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.
Threaded History: The Art of AAQDG — June 10 - August 21, 2022
Threaded History: The Art of AAQDG celebrates the work of African American Quilt and Doll Guild members who tell the stories of their lives, joy, history, healing, and families through their art. Formed in 2006, this group of quilters and doll-makers share their work, ideas, and talents in a comfortable and caring atmosphere; explore their African-American heritage with respect to the textile arts; and teach and inspire each other.