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

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!

Free to enter! Open to all ages and abilities (*Youth under 18 will need parent/guardian approval)

Prizes are available for different age groups!

Competition age groups are as follows:

  • 12 and under - Child's category*

  • 13-19 - Teen Category*

  • 20- 35 - Young Adult

  • 35 - 55 - Adult

  • 55+ Senior

To enter, simply share your video on Instagram or Facebook and tag @shakerhistory #shakerhistory #shakerscene

Don't have social media? Submit your 10 second video in Mp4 format to

Historic Preservation: How it all began and how it should end, or can it?

February 23, 2021 | 6pm | Facebook Live

Have you ever wondered why buildings in the same neighborhood can look so different? Join virtual guest speaker Crystal Montgomery, Historic Preservation Specialist, as she discusses how historic preservation began as well as modern issues, including construction and additions and how a building design looks. Crystal will give examples of what is appropriate and what is not, and all attendees are encouraged to participate and express their opinion!

Reparations Now: A Crucial Conversation

February 27, 2021 | 12pm | Facebook Live

Reparations have long been a topic of discussion—and controversy—in the United States, amplified in recent years by the Black Lives Matter movement and the health inequities affecting Black communities during the current pandemic. You might have heard the word “reparations,” but do you fully understand what reparations are?

Join us for a discussion with Angelique Gates and Erin McCardle of Reparations Now Cleveland to learn more about reparations, why they are necessary, and how you can contribute to support your community.


Angelique Gates is a consultant based in Northeast, Ohio specializing in diversity, inclusion, and other education initiatives. Getting their start in 2016, they have led various organizing projects including creating a local group that focused on anti-racism efforts. Angelique works with Reparations Now Cleveland as their Community Accountability Partner and is also the Co-Founder of the art space, Current located at 78th Street Creative Studios.

Erin McCardle (all pronouns) is a reparationist and community organizer born and raised in Cleveland. Anything they know about community care and liberation was learned from the leadership of radical Black femmes.

Quinn Hunter: Addressing Black Erasure in Historic and Contemporary Spaces

March 6, 2021 | 6pm | Facebook Live

Join us at 6pm on Saturday, March 6th for a talk by contemporary artist Quinn Alexandria Hunter, exhibiting at Praxis Fiber Workshop through February 28. Quinn Hunter contends with erasure of Black bodies from historic and contemporary spaces and looks at the way erasure of historic labor is connected to the contemporary and how it affects space around us. Using Art and memory to combat erasure, Hunter contextualizes space and land as part of our collective living memory.


Quinn Alexandria Hunter is a sculptor and performance artist from North Carolina who completed her MFA work at Ohio University. She works primarily with hair and the African American female body as material. Quinn is interested in the erasure of history from spaces and how the contemporary uses of space impacts the way we as a culture see the past. Her work negotiates between the self and the world. Hunter’s practice is contending with the false narratives of a romanticized past and interrupting them by laying a truth next to them. Using hair weave, a material that is culturally, socially, and physically connected to the Black female body to make her objects, she is connecting the Black female labor and pain to a space and time that it is contemporarily being erased. Through making Hunter remembers them and is re-inscribing their labor back into place in the heart of Appalachia where the underground railroad once ran. Quinn is a recipient of the I. Hollis Parry/Ann Parry Billman Award (2019), The International Sculpture Center’s 2019 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture (2019) and currently the 2020-2021 Artist in residence at Wayne State University.

Praxis Fiber Workshop: Introduction to Indigo

March 13, 2021 | 12pm | Facebook Live

Join Allison Henline of SHS and Jessica Pinsky and Anna Routson of Praxis Fiber Workshop in Cleveland, Ohio as they talk about the community indigo project started by Praxis in 2019. Learn about this incredible plant from seed to harvest and the process of dyeing with indigo and other natural dyes. This year, Shaker Historical Society is collaborating with Praxis to grow indigo plants on museum grounds! This introduction is a must for anyone in the Shaker Heights community interested in growing indigo or helping out with the project at the museum. For further inquiries, please contact


Jessica Pinsky grew up in Akron, Ohio and moved to Cleveland in 2011 after receiving a BFA in Studio Art from New York University in 2006 and an MFA in painting from Boston University in 2009. She began teaching at Cleveland Institute of Art in 2011 and is currently serving as faculty in the Sculpture and Expanded Media department. Together with Cleveland Institute of Art, Jessica founded Praxis Fiber Workshop in 2015 and started the indigo program in 2018.

Anna Routson was born and raised in central Pennsylvania. She originally came to Ohio to pursue a fashion degree at Kent State University. While at Kent State, she discovered weaving and fell in with creating cloth. She received a BA in Textile Arts. Though her work is mostly woven, she enjoys helping people pursue all aspects of fiber work.

Hopping Through History Spring Break Camp

March 29

I Dig Archaeology! Mini Camp

April 5, 2021 | 10am | Zoom

Looking for a fun, kid-friendly activity over spring break? We've got you covered!

Please join Archaeologist Elizabeth Hoag of the Cleveland Institute of Art, Master Teacher Rosemary Nemeth of Gesu School, and SHS Education & Outreach Manager Allison Henline for a one-day mini camp! I Dig Archaeology mini camp will take place over Spring Break on April 5, 2021 and will feature exciting and engaging hands-on virtual activities for the campers to explore archaeology. Zoom will be used to facilitate the activities that campers do on their own at home. All materials will be provided for pick up prior to the start of the camp.

Learn more about fees and registration here!

"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!