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

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 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.

South Carolina Rice Plantations & Skilled Slave Labor Change the Course of History

August 7, 2021 | 1:30pm | Shaker Historical Society | REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Have you ever wondered why South Carolina was the first colony to secede from the Union? Did you know that rice, not cotton or tobacco, was the commodity that was the Crown Jewel of the British Empire?

This program is free but registration is required. For more information and to register, please visit

Historical Inspired Cooking Class: Gumbo using Okra

August 8, 2021 | 3pm | Zoom (REGISTRATION REQUIRED)

What do you know about gumbo? How about okra? Join Angell Quarterman from the comfort of your own kitchen to learn how to cook this authentic Southern staple. In this class, Angell, the founder of Fernway’s IB cooking program, will share how traditional African food became part of American cuisine before leading you through the process of cooking your own Southern style gumbo at home.

This program will be on Zoom at just $10 a family (more options available). Zoom links and ingredient lists will be emailed upon registration.

Lower Lake Walk with Dr. Roy Larick

August 14, 2021 | 11am | REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Join Doan Brook Watershed Partnership, Shaker Historical Society and Dr. Roy Larick of Bluestone Heights for a guided walk around Lower Lake. At Lower Lake, we can address the past and future of the Doan Brook parklands. The walk will observe evidence for local ecosystem change from glacial retreat and forest emergence through to water-powered milling and suburban development. Now, as regional rainfall rises while Shaker historical infrastructure ages, we must ask how to preserve history and build climate-resilient parklands.

Walkers will meet at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes parking lot at 10am on August 14th. Be sure to wear sturdy footwear! A $5 per person fee payable in cash or check will be collected on the day of the event.

For questions or additional information contact Elizabeth at 216-325-7781 or

Walk Shaker: The Moreland Neighborhood

August 15, 2021 | 11am | Meet at Shaker Heights Public Library

**NOTE: This tour has been transitioned to a walking tour due to navigation and road safety concerns.**

Our August tour of the Moreland Neighborhood is a great introduction to Shaker Heights history. This tour 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.

This tour is capped at 20 participants with a minimum of 3 participants. A rain date will be set if necessary. FREE for Moreland residents.

Learn more and register!

Historical Inspired Cooking Class: Minestrone with a Twist

August 17, 2021 | 3pm | Zoom (REGISTRATION REQUIRED)

Join Anjali Rao, a life-long enthusiast of Italian culture, to learn how to recreate the traditional dish of minestrone soup. In this class, Anjali will share the food and culture of the home of her husband and in-laws, the Emilia-Romagna region of Northern Italy.

This program will be on Zoom at just $10 a family (more options available). Zoom links and ingredient lists will be emailed upon registration. For more information and to register, please visit

Juneteenth Speaker Series: Geneva Sarratt & Barbara Eady

August 19, 2021 | 5pm | Shaker Historical Society

African American Quilt and Doll Guild member Geneva Sarratt will discuss "A Coat of Many Colors" at the Shaker Historical Society. This talk is part of our Juneteenth Speaker Series in conjunction with the Juneteenth Quilt Show, on view in the Lissauer Gallery through September 12, 2021.

Cocktails with the Commodore!

August 20, 2021 | 6:30pm | Shaker Historical Society | REGISTRATION OPEN SOON

Join us at the Shaker Historical Society on Friday, August 20th at 6:30pm for a wonderful evening of stories shared by Jack Ulman, the last commodore of the Shaker Lakes Canoe Club. Jack and SLCC are featured in our current special exhibit A Suburban Oasis, on view at the museum through September 5. Cocktails, mocktails, and light refreshments will be available.

This event is appropriate for adults age 21 and older. Donations of $10-$20 per person to support SHS programs are welcome and appreciated!

SHS members receive early access through August 5th. Registration opens to the general public on Friday, August 6th.

Concert on the Lawn

August 26, 2021 | 7:30pm | Shaker Historical Society | REGISTRATION OPEN SOON

Spend an evening at the Shaker Historical Society with the University Heights Symphonic Band! Organized in 1970, the University Heights Symphonic Band is a premier wind ensemble sponsored by the City of University Heights. Bring a blanket and some snacks to enjoy a wide variety of repertoire including core wind band repertoire, film scores, broadway selections, and popular music.

Seating on our front lawn is limited so reserve your spot today! VIP spots are reserved in the front row while general admission spots are first come, first served on the rest of the front lawn. All spots seat up to 4 adults or 2 adults with 3 children. If you have more than 4 people in your group, please purchase tickets for more than one spot. Blankets are preferred, but lawn chairs no taller than 9 inches from the ground are allowed.

SHS members receive early access through August 5th. Registration opens to the general public on Friday, August 6th.

"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!