Shaker Historical Society


    Ohio Museums Association's 2017 Annual Conference

    Earlier this month, the Shaker Historical Society was at the Maumee Bay Conference Center near Toledo for the Ohio Museums Association's Annual Conference. Dr. Ware Petznick, our Director, presented two sessions with Dana Best-Mizsak, Executive Director of the Bedford Historical Society. The first focused on capital campaigns, and the second addressed the Business of Being a Museum. In light of the White House's plans to remove funding for important federal programs that benefit arts and culture organizations, the efforts of the Ohio Museums Association to promote advocacy, foster the professional development of staff, inspire others to prosper, and pool resources at an annual meeting are all the more important this year.

    Please do not forget to contact your Ohio senators and members of the House of Representatives to encourage them to support the IMLS (Institute for Museums and Library Science), the NEA (the National Endowment for the Arts) and the NEH (the National Endowment for Humanities). 

    Museums, libraries, and art galleries help educate our nation, drive our economy, preserve the legacy of our varied and join heritage, and serve as ambassadors to the millions of foreign visitors who come to this country to learn about America. This is all at risk. We urge you to contact Senator Rob Portman, Senator Sherrod Brown, and Representative Marcia Fudge and ask them to sign the American Alliance for Museum's letter found here and preserve funding to these important federal agencies.

    Senator Portman: 1240 E 9th St #3061, Cleveland, OH 44199 or (216) 522-7095

    Senator Brown: 200 North High St., Room 614, Columbus, OH 43215 or (614) 469-2083

    Rep. Marcia Fudge: 4834 Richmond Rd # 150, Cleveland, OH 44128 or (216) 522-4900

    There are many ways to make your voice heard. If you appreciate art and culture, please join us in speaking in favor of the NEA, NEH, and IMLS.


    Moreland on the Move

    This morning we were happy to be a part of a Moreland on the Move, a group dedicated to celebrating what is great about Moreland and its past. So little is known about the development of Moreland, or even East View Village, so folks from the Shaker Historical Society, City of Shaker Heights, Cleveland Restoration Society, the Shaker Heights Public Library, and concerned residents like author Ginny Dawson are meeting to discover, share, and inspire more work in this area. More good news: CRS consultant Dr. Todd Michney has a book out! If you want to learn about the development of Cleveland's suburbs, particularly as settlement moved out to Shaker Heights, this book is a must-read! Check it out from the Shaker Heights Public Library today!


    Ohio History Day Competition

    The Shaker Historical Society congratulates Colin Boyle of Shaker Heights High School on his Senior Individual Exhibit entitled "Du Bois and The Crisis: Standing For The Black Man," which he prepared for the Ohio History Day Region 3 Competition last Saturday. His exhibit earned the Shaker Historical Museum Award for the project that most exemplifies the spirit of the Shakers in regard to their treatment of others. Congratulations, Colin! Well done!

    Students must first attend the regional event for their county in order to qualify for Ohio History Day State Competition, which will be held on April 29th at Ohio Wesleyan University. This year's theme is "Taking a Stand in History."

    View the complete 2017 Region 3 Contest results here:


    18100 South Park Boulevard

    This incredible Georgian mansion from 1929 could be yours!  Clarence Mack designed, built, and furnished this fabulous house on South Park, where he lived until it was sold in its entirety. The next owner may well have been the CEO of the Erie Railroad, Robert Eastman Woodruff (1884-1967) who certainly lived there in 1936. According to his obituary, Robert E. Woodruff began his working career in 1905 as a section hand for the old Erie Railroad and rose to become its president and board chairman. He was a member of the Union Club, the Country Club and the Pepper Pike Country Club. Features include in-ground pool, cabana house, and seven bedrooms, including an extraordinary master wing with a private office, his and her dressing rooms, and luxury master bathrooms. Yes, please!


    Dredging Shaker's Green Lake

    Campers at our Shaker Archaeology Dig summer program

    The Shaker Historical Society had a part in developing the plans for dredging Green Lake by seeking protection for John Kneale's 19th century farmhouse buildings and lilac bush (planted beside the old privy), which were studied in our first Shaker Dig Camp in 2015. The result seems to be that they will cart away the dredged material instead of dumping it on the segment of land bounded by Lee, Attleboro and Andover. A benefit to neighbors in terms of minimizing the odor on site perhaps! MANY thanks to the NEORSD for addreessing the concerns of historic preservation and this community!  Thanks also to archaeologist Elizabeth Hoag, who first identified the site as a location where we might find some pre Shaker Heights evidence, and to  master teacher Rosemary Nemeth who helped identify John Kneale's farmhouse as one of the only Warrensville Township farms not affected by the Van Sweringens' development of Shaker Heights. Extra special thanks to the City of Shaker Heights and William Gruber for helping us with permission to dig on City land. We will have Shaker Dig camp 3 again this summer at Shaker and Lee (by the fence)  June 27-30.


    Read more about the dredging project here: