Shaker Historical Society

COVID-19 Announcement

The Shaker Historical Society has made the difficult decision to close the museum indefinitely beginning November 11, 2020 due to rising and record-setting COVID-19 cases. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but the safety of our visitors and staff is our top priority during this time.

To help stop the spread of coronavirus:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water

  • Wear a face covering over your nose and mouth when around others

  • Avoid crowds and gatherings

  • Practice social distancing

  • Limit travel

  • Stay home if you are experiencing symptoms

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.


Winter Quarterly Competition: Shaker Scenes

Now through March 1, 2021

This winter, put your visual storytelling skills to the test by entering our first Shaker Scenes competition. Create a 10 second video of your best Shaker Heights scene this winter. Whether it's watching birds dust off the snow, someone building a snowman, or joyful sledding, the possibilities are endless!

Learn more!

Museum Methods for Home Collections: Going Digital

January 23, 2021 | 12-1pm | Facebook Live

Have you ever wondered how to start your own digital collection? In this session of Museum Methods for Home Collections: Going Digital, learn techniques used by museum professionals to digitize and preserve your photos and documents. Not only will digitizing your collection allow you to effortlessly share copies of your old family photos, but it is also easier to start and maintain a digital collection than you may imagine.

Learn more here!

Educator's Corner: Historic Recipes

January 27, 2021 | 12pm | Facebook Live

Everyone has that old family cookbook lying around with odd recipes. Join Allison for the third Educator's Corner to learn about historic recipes and how historians interpret old cookbooks and recipes.

2021 Annual Meeting

January 31, 2021 | 3-5pm | Zoom

The Shaker Historical Society invites you to the 2021 Annual Meeting on January 31! This year our guest speaker is Kara Hamley O’Donnell, Principal Planner for the City of Shaker Heights. After a brief meeting of the members when officers are elected, Kara will discuss Shaker Heights’ and Cleveland Heights’ shared history as first-ring suburbs of Cleveland, historic preservation and the role of Landmark Commissions, and upcoming projects she’ll be working on in Shaker Heights.

This is a free virtual event open to the public, but registration is required and capped at 100 participants.


See more upcoming events on our Programs & Events page!


Shaker's Attic — November 7, 2020 - February 27, 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.

While the museum is closed, you can view Shaker's Attic online!