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.

Check our Family Activities page for Century Garden information and other family-friendly programs and activities. If you missed a virtual program, please check our Facebook or YouTube pages for a recording!

2021 Programs & Events

I Come as One Opening Reception

September 24, 2021 | 6-8pm | Shaker Historical Society (masks required)

Parenting is so rewarding and in many cases the hardest task a person can take on. Parenting alone during a pandemic is especially challenging. This exhibit displays the unconquerable strength of a single black mother. Told in photographs, stories, and art, I Come as One: Stories of Unconquerable Single Black Parents focuses on how many rely on friends and family to create a village of support, from a pandemic to the hustle bustle of daily life.

I Come as One opens Friday, September 24 at 6pm at the Shaker Historical Society and is on view through December 12, 2021. This exhibition was organized by Kim Harris of Shaker African American Mothers Support (S.A.M.S.) with support from Ali Black, poet and Community Engagement Specialist at the Shaker Heights Public Library.

Zoar Speaker Series: The History of the Shakers and Shakers in Ohio

October 2, 2021 | 11am-12pm | Zoom (Hosted by Historic Zoar Village)

Historic Zoar Village's Speaker Series returns in October with Brianna Treleven from the Shaker Historical Society sharing the History of the Shakers and the Shakers in Ohio.

The United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, more commonly known as the Shakers, were founded in England in the mid-18th century and quickly made their way across the ocean to the United States. Brianna will share what brought the Shakers to Ohio and how the North Union Shaker community in Shaker Heights has had a lasting legacy on the city and beyond.

The Speaker Series is free and open to the public. Virtual Speaker Series is available, please email for the link.

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!

2022 Programs & Events

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

May 15, 2022* | 2:00-3:30pm | Shaker Historical Society | REGISTRATION REQUIRED

*Please note this program was rescheduled from Sunday, September 12, 2021 due to unforeseen circumstances. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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.