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.


Events & Programs

COVID-19 NOTE: 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.




Speaker: Danielle Sydnor, President, Cleveland NAACP | "The NAACP Platform for the African American Vote: History & Current Issues Around Voting"

Sunday, April 26, 2020

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm





Discussion: Shaker Heights Student Group on Race Relations (SGORR) | "Energizing 18-21 Year Old Voters"

May 17, 2020

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm




It Takes A Village Members-Only Exhibit Preview
Friday, July 31, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for this FREE members-only preview for our newest upcoming exhibit It Takes a Village: The Village Garden Club, the Fight to Stop the Freeway & the Growth of the Cherry Grove. This exhibit celebrates the 90th anniversary of the Village Garden Club and the Club's impact on Shaker Heights.

In their 90-year history, the Village Garden Club of Shaker Heights has planted hundreds of trees around Horseshoe Lake and helped lead the fight against the Clark Freeway in the 1960s. Developed in collaboration with the Club, It Takes a Village will feature archival material from the collections of the Village Garden Club and Shaker Historical Society.

This exhibit will be open to the public during museum hours from August 1st - October 18th.




"The Courtship & Marriage of James & Lucretia Garfield" presented by Debbie Weinkamer
Sunday, April 18, 2021
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

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. 

Tickets are $5 and include museum admission. Children under 6 and Shaker Historical Society/Ohio History Connection members are free.