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

Shaker's Attic Closing Reception

May 21, 2021 | 6-8pm | Shaker Historical Society

Join the Shaker Historical Society for this free closing reception for our current exhibit Shaker’s Attic: A History of Community Giving. It’s not uncommon for local historical societies to become "community attics” after decades of donations from residents and organizations. Like attics, many objects go into storage and rarely come out.

Shaker’s Attic is curated by SHS Board Member Hazel Smith (a sophomore at Shaker Heights High School) and highlights treasures from the museum’s collection donated by active Shaker residents that are not on view yet hold significant historical value.

Masks and social distancing will be required, and you may be asked to wait in another room if the gallery is at capacity. Parking is available behind the museum and on the north side of South Park Boulevard across from the museum. This exhibit is also available to view digitally!

Century Garden: Planting Ceremony

May 22, 2021 | 11am-2:30pm | Shaker Historical Society

Bring your brown bag lunch and join in the fun! Shaker Historical Society and Story Forum invite you to this festival celebrating the creation of the Century Garden on site at the Shaker History Museum, 16740 South Park Boulevard, Shaker Heights from 11am-2:30pm on Saturday, May 22.

We will take a break for lunch (please bring your own brown bag lunch) in between four, half-hour stations of creating scare crows and story building, participants can make butter and plant heritage seeds in the pre-1700s to the 2000s garden beds! We will feature Robin Pease of Kulture Kids who will provide an Indigenous American story telling performance where audience will be invited to engage in a planting ceremony narrative! (Snacks will be provided).

Learn more and register here!

Mother's Day Tea Party

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

The Shaker Historical Society requests the pleasure of your company for tea and cakes on Sunday, May the twenty-third 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 (2 spots left!)

Bike Shaker: History-Making Homes

June 13, 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 "History-Making Homes" Ride, our June tour, is a great introduction to Shaker Heights history. This tour, led by experienced bicyclists, will take place Sunday, June 13, 2021 and will visit architecturally- and historically-significant houses 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!