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

Let’s Talk Sustainability: Earth Day Panel

April 22, 2021 | 6pm | Facebook Live/Zoom (Register Here)

How do I dispose of single-use compostable cutlery? Are any of my take-out containers recyclable? How can I reduce waste? How can I become more sustainable?

This Earth Day, let’s talk about sustainability in our community! With the rise in single-use products during the pandemic, many efforts to increase and maintain sustainability have been more difficult to achieve. Join us April 22 at 6pm on Facebook Live or Zoom (Register Here) for a discussion with community organizations about how we all can become more sustainable. Do you have a question you would like to ask the panel? Please email education@shakerhistory.org

Panelists include:

Moderated by:

AIM: How It Started

April 23, 2021 | 6pm | Zoom (REGISTER HERE)

Join Cleveland AIM representatives Robert Roche and Jeff Pierce for the first talk in a two-part series about Cleveland AIM history and issues facing Native Nations. This first talk will discuss the start of the American Indian Movement (AIM), which was founded in 1968 by Eddie Benton-Banai and Clyde Belcourt. This series is free to the public but registration is required through Zoom.

The Shaker Historical Society acknowledges that Cleveland AIM provides one perspective of Native history and issues but does not speak on behalf of all Indigenous people of Northeast Ohio.

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Jeff Pierce is proud to be half Native American, a quarter South Dakota Lakota and a quarter Chiracaua Apache, and half white. He has been involved in American Indian activism for 10 years and is director of the American Indian Education Center (AIEC). He is also the director of the organization People Not Mascots, and is a proud spokesman for the Ohio American Indian Movement.

Robert Roche is an American Indian with a successful and diverse career in teaching Native American History and Contemporary Issues. His personal involvement in countless projects and undertakings designed to further the goals and welfare of the Native American community provides real life exposure to the many issues faced by the Native American community. He is a founding member of AIM and an educator for AIEC.

Cleveland AIM: A Brief History

April 30, 2021 | 6pm | Zoom (REGISTER HERE)

Join Cleveland AIM representatives Robert Roche and Jeff Pierce for the second talk in a two-part series about Cleveland AIM History and issues facing Native Nations. This talk will discuss the history of Cleveland AIM, which was started in 1972 by Russel Means to address the impact of social, cultures, traditions, and poverty of relocated Native people in Cleveland. Russel Means appointed Robert Roche as Director in 1995. Robert was a part of the forming of AIM in 1968 with Russel Means and Dennis Banks. This series is free to the public but registration is required through Zoom.

The Shaker Historical Society acknowledges that Cleveland AIM provides one perspective of Native history and issues but does not speak on behalf of all Indigenous people of Northeast Ohio.

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Jeff Pierce is proud to be half Native American, a quarter South Dakota Lakota and a quarter Chiracaua Apache, and half white. He has been involved in American Indian activism for 10 years and is director of the American Indian Education Center (AIEC). He is also the director of the organization People Not Mascots, and is a proud spokesman for the Ohio American Indian Movement.

Robert Roche is an American Indian with a successful and diverse career in teaching Native American History and Contemporary Issues. His personal involvement in countless projects and undertakings designed to further the goals and welfare of the Native American community provides real life exposure to the many issues faced by the Native American community. He is a founding member of AIM and an educator for AIEC.

Mother's Day Tea Party

May 9, 2021 | 2pm | Shaker Historical Society (Rain Date: May 23, 2021)

The Shaker Historical Society requests the pleasure of your company for tea and cakes on Sunday, May the ninth at two o’clock in the afternoon! Make sure not to miss out on a teatime filled with crafts, contests, flowers, and a celebration of (any) loving caregiver and their children.

This event will include tea and other beverages, an individual bundt cake, supplies for fancy mask decorating, flowers for arrangements, music, dancing, and laughter. We understand that this year has been challenging for many and are requesting a $20 donation, which would include everything listed for up to four family members. We will also be offering the opportunity, for those who are able, to “pay it forward” and support other families who are not able to donate but wish to participate. So dress in your fanciest (or most fun) tea party attire and visit shakerhistory.org to reserve your spot!

Learn more and register here!

Bike Shaker: Welcome To Shaker Heights History Ride

May 16, 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 "Welcome to Shaker Heights" History Ride, our May Bike Shaker tour, is a great introduction to Shaker Heights history. This tour, led by experienced bicyclists, will take place Sunday, May 16 and will visit significant sites around the city. A map with historical information will be available to download for self-guided tours one week after this guided tour.

Helmets and masks are required. 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!

"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!