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.




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Welcome to the Shaker Historical Society's website


For 71 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. 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 and, particularly, in 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.


Although we do receive encouragement and cooperation from the City of Shaker Heights and enjoy their crucial endorsement of grant applications, we are not funded by the City or by any levy on the residents of Shaker Heights or Greater Cleveland. We do receive generous financial support from a grant earned from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, but that is funded by cigarette taxes, which are reducing. We rely very much upon memberships, donations and earned income from our gift shop and our exhibits and programs to continue our education mission and to maintain this extensive and historic property. 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!

 Superheroes exhibit is on display until January 27, 2019 & 

Deb Pinter will display her art in our gallery from Nov 9 - Jan 6, 2019. Watch this space to see what comes next!



Historic House Plaques


Celebrate your Shaker Heights home with a special bronze plaque!


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