Programs & Events

We are evaluating events and programs on a case-by-case basis through 2021 and may cancel or postpone upcoming events if we cannot enforce State Coronavirus guidelines or ensure the safety of our visitors and staff. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility.

If you missed a virtual program, please check our Facebook or YouTube pages for a recording!

2021 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!

There are 3 different group categories:

  • Youth (18 and under)

  • Adult - Amateur

  • Adult - Professional

This contest is free to enter! Email your submissions to education@shakerhistory.org with the subject line containing your name and group category. Only one submission per person allowed. Contest closes September 6, 2021 with winners announced by September 17, 2021.

"City Parks and Park Suburbs" with Dr. Mark Souther

June 16, 2021 | 6pm | Zoom (REGISTRATION REQUIRED)

Join us for an interesting presentation and discussion of the history of the Garden City movement! Dr. Mark Souther, Director of the Center for Public History + Digital Humanities at CSU, will explore the broader history behind the planning principles that defined Shaker Heights. His illustrated presentation draws connections to the rural cemetery, urban park, City Beautiful, and Garden City movements and zoning codes and restrictions of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

This virtual talk is free to the public and is made possible through support from Ohio Humanities.

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Dr. J. Mark Souther is Professor of History and Director of the Center for Public History + Digital Humanities at Cleveland State University. He holds a Ph.D. in History from Tulane University, an M.A. in History from the University of Richmond, and a B.A. in History from Furman University.

Juneteenth Quilt Show Opening Reception

June 18, 2021 | 6-8pm | Shaker Historical Society (Lissauer Gallery - Second Floor)

Join the Shaker Historical Society for this free opening reception for new Juneteenth Quilt Show featuring works of the African American Quilt and Doll Guild. 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. Learn more about these artists and the meaning behind their quilts through related programming throughout the summer.

Masks are required inside the museum regardless of vaccination status. This exhibit will be open to the public in the Jack & Linda Lissauer Gallery from June 19-September 12, 2021.

Juneteenth Quilt Show Speaker Series

June 19, 2021 | 1-2:30pm | Shaker Historical Society

Join the Shaker Historical Society in celebrating Juneteenth by highlighting the voices and stories of three members of the African American Quilt and Doll Guild. Learn about the stories and inspiration behind their work, their process and how their work is a reflection on African American history. Joining us will be:

  • Sandra Noble presenting on "Freedom" at 1:00pm

  • Gloria Kellon on "The Story & The Secrets" at 1:30pm

  • Priscilla Bradley tells the story of "Winnie: Her Journey to Freedom" at 2:00pm

Bike Shaker: The Moreland Neighborhood

July 11, 2021 | 11am-1pm | Meet at Shaker Historical Society

Whether you’re a Shaker native or a tourist, spend this summer with the Shaker Historical Society to learn about Shaker Heights while enjoying everything the city has to offer! Bike Shaker 2021 will feature a monthly guided tour in May through August.

The Moreland Neighborhood ride, our July tour, is a great introduction to Shaker Heights history. This tour, led by experienced bicyclists, will take place Sunday, July 11, 2021 and will visit historically significant sites in the Moreland neighborhood based on extensive research and oral histories collected by neighborhood residents during the Moreland History Project in 2017. A map with historical information will be available to download for self-guided tours after this guided tour.

Helmets and a waiver are required for each rider. In light of new CDC and state guidelines, masks are not required on the ride but are required in the museum. Each tour is capped at 15 participants with a minimum of 3 participants. A rain date will be set if necessary.

Learn more and register here!

"Cleveland Voices: Exploring City and Region through Oral History" with Dr. Mark Souther

July 14, 2021 | 6pm | Zoom (REGISTRATION REQUIRED)

We all have stories in our lives, and the Cleveland area has a wealth of information stored in a publicly accessible archive online! Dr. Mark Souther, Director of the Center for Public History + Digital Humanities at CSU, reflects on 15 years of the Cleveland Voices project, which frames the history of Greater Cleveland through the retold memories of place collected from more than 1,000 participants. This audiovisual presentation will highlight a few of Souther’s favorite place-based stories shared through the project.

This virtual talk is free to the public and is made possible through support from Ohio Humanities.

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Dr. J. Mark Souther is Professor of History and Director of the Center for Public History + Digital Humanities at Cleveland State University. He holds a Ph.D. in History from Tulane University, an M.A. in History from the University of Richmond, and a B.A. in History from Furman University.

"The Politics of Historic Preservation: From Charleston to Cleveland" with Dr. Stephanie Yuhl

July 27, 2021 | 6pm | Zoom (REGISTRATION REQUIRED)

As home to the nation’s first Historic Zoning Ordinance, Charleston, South Carolina serves as a rich case study for understanding the motivations and challenges of the historic preservation movement. Led by elite white woman, Charleston’s preservation story enables us to explore the tensions among history and heritage, personal memory and personal politics, and inclusion and exclusion in the built environment. Yuhl will use Charleston as a case study to propose some probing questions about the legacies of preservation work that she hopes will spark discussion about Shaker Heights’ past and possible future legacies.

This virtual talk is free to the public and is made possible through support from Ohio Humanities.

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Stephanie Yuhl (PhD Duke University) is Professor of History at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts and Associate Faculty in the Critical Conservation Master in Design Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She specializes in the social and cultural history of the twentieth-century United States, with emphases in public history, memory, gender/sexuality, and social movements. Her book-length treatment of Charleston’s cultural and touristic renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s, A Golden Haze of Memory: The Making of Historic Charleston, won two national awards. A practicing public historian and consultant, Yuhl has worked with museums, oral history projects, and in the Digital Humanities. She recently co-curated LGBTQ+ Worcester For the Record at the Worcester Historical Museum, and co-authored the accompanying catalog. At the center of this ongoing project is the building of an LGBTQ+ historical archive and a community oral history project.

"The Courtship & Marriage of James & Lucretia Garfield" presented by Debbie Weinkamer

September 12, 2021 | 2:00-3:30pm | Shaker Historical Society

President and Mrs. James A. Garfield’s relationship was typical of others in the 19th Century. However, there were some glitches along the way that might surprise you.

Through Lucretia’s own words, you’ll learn how she crossed paths with James Garfield of Orange Township and their lengthy courtship, along with tales about high- and low-points during their 22-year marriage. Children – and politics – are woven into the First Lady’s story.

The presentation includes greeting attendees and a 40-minute program followed by a question-and-answer session. Photo opportunities are available throughout the visit.

Self-Guided Tour: History-Making Homes

Available now!

Learn about seven history-making homes in Shaker Heights in this self-guided tour. Part of our Century Birthday House Party celebration, this driving tour launched October 17 and can be completed at your convenience!