Shaker Historical Society

We inspire people to engage in and celebrate the Shaker Heights story and its impact on the region… past, present, and future.






Welcome to the Shaker Historical Society's website


For 72 years the Shaker Historical Society has been working to preserve the history of this place, which has witnessed some exceptional changes and noteworthy people who have called this place home.


One of the ways we achieve this is through the generosity of our members and our annual benefit, Movers & Shakers. This year's 9th Annual Movers & Shakers event honors Shaker Heights Visionaries The Honorable & Mrs Earl Leiken, Mr & Mrs James LeSueur and Dr & Mrs Jack Lissauer. Here's a link to learn more. Naturally, you are all invited!


Funds raised help us to educate everyone about those who came here before us. From the Native Americans who bent saplings along Doan Brook, to the North Union Shaker Settlement and their neighbors of Warrensville Township, to Shaker Village and the Van Sweringens' annexing of East View Village and portions of Newburgh, Idlewood and Cleveland Heights to form the City of Shaker Heights today, we are interested in all of this. We care about the people who were significant to the history of this place but also to their impact beyond our borders. In the coming weeks we will be adding new features to the website that highlight the PEOPLE of Shaker Heights, their biographies, homes and businesses.


We receive generous financial support from a grant earned from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. With visitors from across the globe coming to Cleveland to learn about this community, we call upon residents especially to help us tell these unique Cleveland stories! Join us and support us!                       

                                                                      Ware Petznick, Executive Director

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We welcome visitors from across the globe to Shaker Heights who come to learn about this community and the Shakers of North Union!

Historic House Plaques


Celebrate your Shaker Heights home with a special bronze plaque!


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Here Comes Mr Jingeling Comes to Halle's 7th Floor! will be on display soon and Exclusion & Inclusion: The African American Story of Shaker Heights will open Feb 28, 2020! Pat Ingram will be in the Lissauer Gallery next with a free opening reception on 2nd Friday of Nov, 6-8pm.  Watch this space to see what the future brings!


Our 9th Annual Movers & Shakers event is fully booked! Thank you to all of our honorees, sponsors and guests! We are going to have a great time! You may consult our page about this great community event here.