Shaker Historical Society

As of Wednesday, June 2, the Shaker Historical Society is fully open to walk-in visitors during our normal operating hours.

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. Not ready to visit? View our digital exhibits on our website and several past programs on our YouTube page!

Upcoming Programs & Events

Nature Photography Contest

May 31 - September 6, 2021

The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes and Shaker Historical Society are partnering on a summer-long nature photography contest! This contest is open to all ages and abilities and will run Memorial Day through Labor Day. Enter the contest with your best Shaker nature photos for the chance to win exclusive prizes from both NCSL and SHS!

Learn more!

South Carolina Rice Plantations & Skilled Slave Labor Change the Course of History

August 7, 2021 | 1:30pm | Shaker Historical Society | REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Have you ever wondered why South Carolina was the first colony to secede from the Union? Did you know that rice, not cotton or tobacco, was the commodity that was the Crown Jewel of the British Empire?

This program is free but registration is required. For more information and to register, please visit

Historical Inspired Cooking Class: Gumbo using Okra

August 8, 2021 | 3pm | Zoom (REGISTRATION REQUIRED)

What do you know about gumbo? How about okra? Join Angell Quarterman from the comfort of your own kitchen to learn how to cook this authentic Southern staple. In this class, Angell, the founder of Fernway’s IB cooking program, will share how traditional African food became part of American cuisine before leading you through the process of cooking your own Southern style gumbo at home.

Learn more and register!

Lower Lake Walk with Dr. Roy Larick

August 14, 2021 | 11am | REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Join Doan Brook Watershed Partnership, Shaker Historical Society and Dr. Roy Larick of Bluestone Heights for a guided walk around Lower Lake. At Lower Lake, we can address the past and future of the Doan Brook parklands. The walk will observe evidence for local ecosystem change from glacial retreat and forest emergence through to water-powered milling and suburban development. Now, as regional rainfall rises while Shaker historical infrastructure ages, we must ask how to preserve history and build climate-resilient parklands. The cost is $5 per person and spaces are limited!

Learn more and register!

See more upcoming events on our Programs & Events page!

Current & Upcoming Exhibits

A Suburban Oasis — June 5 - September 5, 2021

Inspired by a Shaker Lakes Canoe Club scrapbook in our archives, this exhibit shares the story of Lower Lake from its formation by the North Union Shakers in the 1830s to the work the Doan Book Watershed Partnership is doing today to preserve this local treasure.

View the exhibit online here!

Juneteenth Quilt Show — June 19 - September 12, 2021

The African American Quilt and Doll Guild's philosophy is to share their work, our ideas, and talents in a comfortable and caring atmosphere; to explore their African-American heritage with respect to the textile arts; and to teach and inspire each other. This Juneteenth, the Shaker Historical Society is celebrating their work and commemorating Juneteenth with a quilt show in the Jack & Linda Lissauer Gallery. Learn more about these artists and the meaning behind their quilts through related programming throughout the summer.

View the exhibit online here!