Programs & Events

We are evaluating events and programs on a case-by-case basis through 2020 and may cancel or postpone upcoming events if we cannot enforce State Coronovirus guidelines or ensure the safety of our visitors and staff. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility.

2020 Programs & Events

Bike Shaker 2020: Ride Through History

June 27 - September 30, 2020

Bike Shaker 2020: Ride Through History is a 2-month city-wide event that encourages residents and visitors to ride their bikes while learning about the city’s history. Take a self-guided tour or challenge yourself with a clue-led scavenger hunt all at your own pace. Power through the 20-site tour in one day, ride over a few weekends, or leisurely explore over the two months—the choice is up to you!

Post photos at each site with the hashtag #RideThroughHistory and tag @ShakerHistory so we can follow along. Complete the tour between June 27-September 30 to be entered into a raffle to win Shaker-related prizes.

Complete instructions for the tour, scavenger hunt, and raffle entry are available at

Virtual Talk: The History and Impact of the Clark Freeway Fight

Thursday, September 24, 2020 | 6-7pm

Join us for a virtual presentation of the history and impact of the Clark Freeway Fight with Director of Education Erica Prange of the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes. This is a free live presentation that will be available to the public through our Facebook page. Just tune in to on September 24 at 6pm, bring along a snack, and enjoy!

Talk: The History of the Village Garden Club

Friday, September 25, 2020 | 4-5pm

Join us at the Horseshoe Lake Park Cherry Tree Grove for a socially distanced in-person talk. Village Garden Club Historian Barbara Shockey will be presenting the rich history of the Village Garden Club and their impact on the Shaker Heights community. This event is free to the public, but space is limited to first-come first served. Folding chairs will be provided, but feel free to bring your own or a blanket to enjoy this al fresco talk!

Community Thanksgiving Food Drive

October 1-31, 2020

Support our community this holiday season! Drop off non-perishable, non-expired goods at the Shaker Historical Society throughout the month of October. Items can be dropped off inside the museum during our open hours or in the box at our rear entrance.

The most needed items are peanut butter, jam/jelly, mac & cheese, pasta sauce and canned fruit. All food will be donated to Unity in Community Food Pantry, which will distribute collected items ahead of Thanksgiving.

2021 Programs & Events

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

Sunday, April 18, 2021 | 2:30-4pm

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.