Shaker Historical Society


    Clymena Miner

    On this day Clymena Miner was born in Painesville, Ohio, in 1832. She joined the Shakers here at North Union in 1838. 
    She had a beautiful voice and was said to “sing with spirit and understanding”. Sister Clymena was an “unusually pleasant person… well informed and an excellent conversationalist.”

    She rose to be Eldress of North Union and was the community's last. Like those few elderly Shakers still here in 1889, she left with them for other Shaker communities - ultimately ending up at Union Village, where she died May 19, 1916 aged 83.
    ~Celebrating 70 Years of the Shaker Historical Society



    7th Annual Movers & Shakers: A fabulous event with wonderful people

    You missed a great party last night if you weren't at Movers & Shakers! So mark your calendars now for the 8th Annual Movers & Shakers event, which benefits the Shaker Historical Society, first Saturday in November!











































































































    SHS Food Drive

    In the spirit of giving, bring in a canned or non-perishable food item and enjoy FREE admission to The Shaker Historical Society.

    SHS food drive will run from November 21st to December 22nd. All food donations will be recieved by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank


    Common Ground Cleveland

    The Shaker Historical Society was proud to be a part of the Cleveland Foundation's Common Ground conversations yesterday. We partnered with EYEJ: Empowering Youth, Exploring Justice who organized the event at Plymouth Church and with many students from the SGORR from Shaker Heights High School. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Greg Hutchings, Jr. also was there. EYEJ had done so much of the work already, there was very little left for the Shaker Historical Society to do other than participate and to promote the event, which it did, among our members and audiences. Had we had the opportunity to speak, we would have reminded those present of the exceptional lessons that the Shakers of North Union can provide when considering social justice. The Shakers were peaceful people who cared about their fellow men and women. They believed in gender and racial equality and were quick to take action to help those in need. When others chose different paths in life, the Shakers accepted that the world is filled with people who think and feel differently. When Phoebe Litzel wanted to leave to get married, the Shakers made a quilt for her, stitched with love. The Shakers did not impose their own religious beliefs on other people or expect others to conform. How many groups today can claim all of that? #CommonGroundCLE



    What is most important to you?

    As we at the Shaker Historical Society in our 70th year are driven to record, preserve and celebrate Shaker Heights history... WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT TO YOU? Is there a date or event in Shaker Heights history that you feel is important to document and record? What should we not forget?