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

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.

This webinar is designed to teach non-museum staff basic skills and techniques employed by museums and archives to preserve historical items. In this webinar, you will learn what terms like “digitization”, “born-digital”, and “digital preservation” mean and why it is important to digitally preserve your at-home collection. The webinar will include a demonstration of how to use a scanner or camera to digitize your physical items. By the end of the webinar, you will be able to start and maintain your own digital collection so that you can continue to enjoy it for years to come.

Tune in to our Facebook page on January 23rd to learn from presenters Amanda Wachowiak and Marissa Hamm of the Ohio History Service Corps!

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, 2021 from 3-5pm. 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.

Kara holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design from Miami University’s School of Architecture and a Master of Arts in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell University. She is the Principal Planner for the City of Shaker Heights and was the Historic Preservation Planner/City Planner for the City of Cleveland Heights for 25 years. Ms. Hamley O’Donnell lives in Cleveland Heights and enjoys spending her time on neighborhood walks, hiking in Greater Cleveland’s vast park systems, practicing yoga, and studying maps of any kind.

This is a free virtual event but registration is required and capped at 100 participants.


"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!