Arts, Culture, and Humanities

SHAKER HISTORICAL SOCIETY

  • Shaker Hts, OH
  • www.shakerhistory.org

Mission Statement

We inspire people to engage in and celebrate the Shaker Heights story and its impact on the region... past, present and future. We welcome visitors from around the world who seek to learn about the Shakers of North Union, the garden city suburb developed by the Van Sweringens and the early peaceful racial integration of the city from 1957. We produce permanent and temporary historical exhibits in our 1910 residence, one of the first built as part of the new Shaker Village. Our Lissauer Art Gallery features art produced by Northeast Ohio artists. Our Elizabeth Nord Research Library is open by appointment. We are also part of the Ohio History Connection as well as being one of the few Shaker communities open to the public on the National Parks Service's Shaker Trail.

Main Programs

  1. Life of a Shaker
  2. Bike Shaker
  3. Gallery Openings
  4. Caring for your Collections
  5. Pioneer Days
Service Areas

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International

Most of our audience comes from Cuyahoga County in Ohio, with particular reference to Shaker Heights and the eastern suburbs. Our audience has been increasing to include campers last summer from Akron or riders for one of our Bike Shaker programs from that area also. We are also a partner of the Ohio History Connection which helps us to reach audiences across the state through their marketing on our behalf. As a site on the National Park Service's Shaker Trail, we receive visitors from all over the country to learn more about the Shakers of North Union religious sect. The fame of Shaker Heights as a beautiful garden city suburb in terms of urban planning, building codes (before cities enacted them), deed restrictions and early peaceful racial integration also draws audiences from around the world.

ruling year

1956

Executive Director since 2013

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Dr Ware Petznick

Keywords

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Also Known As

Shaker Historical Museum

EIN

34-1048062

 Number

0866883383

Physical Address

16740 South Park Blvd

Shaker Heights, OH 44120

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Program 1

Life of a Shaker

Usually presented to third grade students as part of their local history curriculum, we teach students about the Shakers of North Union - the religious sect who believed in equality, communal life and confession - not to mention celibacy! Activity stations highlight their innovations and inventions, work ethic, herbal cures, pacifism, chores and worship and manner of dress.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Adults

Budget

$2500

Program 2

Bike Shaker

We are the home of Bike Shaker which is in part a community advocacy group for safe cycling and also a program that offers historic bike tours of the city - architecture, art and history are featured.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$2000

Program 3

Gallery Openings

The Lissauer Art Gallery features Northeast Ohio artists. Often to encourage new and emerging artists with a solo show, the Shaker Historical Society hosts free gallery opening receptions, advertises the exhibit in the CAN Journal and other places and welcomes everyone to attend. Part of the program includes a gallery talk by the artist.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

$1000

Program 4

Caring for your Collections

A series of workshops helps the general public, and sometimes art gallery professionals, to learn about the best practices to care for their works of art, family treasures and household in general. Estate planning has also been included.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

$1000

Program 5

Pioneer Days

Ohio was indeed the frontier when the Western Reserve of CT was established and settlers came here from CT. Into the woods with few tools or supplies, campers learn how to cook with 19th century antiques by a campfire, preserve food and survive without electricity.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$600

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Most of our audience comes from Cuyahoga County in Ohio, with particular reference to Shaker Heights and the eastern suburbs. Our audience has been increasing to include campers last summer from Akron or riders for one of our Bike Shaker programs from that area also. We are also a partner of the Ohio History Connection which helps us to reach audiences across the state through their marketing on our behalf. As a site on the National Park Service's Shaker Trail, we receive visitors from all over the country to learn more about the Shakers of North Union religious sect. The fame of Shaker Heights as a beautiful garden city suburb in terms of urban planning, building codes (before cities enacted them), deed restrictions and early peaceful racial integration also draws audiences from around the world.

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Executive Director

Dr Ware Petznick

BIO

With over thirty years museum and nonprofit experience in the US and the UK, Ware has a great deal of experience to offer. She started as a junior docent at Historic Rock Castle and before she graduated from high school, she had worked in two historic house museums in Tennessee. She gained experience at the MFA in Boston working under Jonathan Fairbanks and Gerry Ward, at the Victoria and Albert Museum in Furniture and Woodwork with Frances Collard, at Colonial Williamsburg in Collections with Betty Leviner and at Pollok House in Glasgow redesigning signage and a guide to the silver corridor according to National Trust for Scotland Brand guidelines. Ware also provided condition reports for the Whitney Museum of American Art and wrote articles and researched furniture for the grand opening exhibit of the Frist Center for Visual Art. She assisted Johanna Gurland at the National Trust for Scotland in Boston, MA, and she was Curator of Collections of the AAM-accredited McFaddin-Ward House in Beaumont, TX, for 3.5 years. Whilst there, she was responsible for the restoration of the third floor of the main house, writing a book about the Robert Mitchell Furniture COmpany and their Catalog No. 75 and chairing a historic house conference entitled Who Else Lived Here? Being there during Hurricane Rita which damaged the carriage house did not delay the third floor project though the center passed through Beaumont. Ware earned a BA in Art History from Wellesley College then studied Art and Mediaeval Histories at the University of St Andrews for her Junior Year Abroad. She returned to St Andrews for an MPhil and a PhD in Furniture History, writing a doctoral thesis entitled "The Wright Incorporation of Perth 1700-1840." Ware was editor of the St Andrews Art History journal "Inferno" and also produced and directed A.R. Gurney's "Love Letters". She continued her studies in Scotland on the west coast at Glasgow for a course in Decorative Arts and Design History, and she graduated with an MLitt with Honours in 2009 with her thesis "The Whistler Silver Collection and their Distinctive Collector's Mark". She returned to St Andrews and researched the scientists and innovators from the Kingdom of Fife. She coordinated local institutions of higher education to illustrate science and built a website entitled "Folk Fae Fife" for the British Science Association. She also created a database of community resources for the National Health Service and the Feddinch Medical Practice.
In 2013 she began volunteering for the Shaker Historical Society and soon was hired to lead educational programs and direct general operations. The next year she was promoted to be Executive Director.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"The Shaker Historical Society is a dynamic museum with public service at its core. Located on a large property between South Park and Shaker Boulevards with its famous Shaker Rapid rail tracks that still operate, our museum is on a growing trend, creating quality exhibits and programming for audiences of all ages. Our organization is keenly aware of its mission and operates strategically to best utilize its resources, to generate income and stimulate the local economy, and to preserve and to protect the legacy of the Shakers of North Union. What the museum realized when it created its current strategic plan was that this place has much more to tell and to share than the story of the Shakers. Now, we are concerned with the past, present and future of Shaker Heights and believe that local history is one of the best ways to learn about life and people in general. The lessons learned from the Shakers in how they lived and worked, their inventions and actions toward others are as relevant today as they were in the 19th century - EQUALITY -
When scientists seek to identify new species, they do not go to the rain forest - a British researcher identified more simply in his back garden. It is looking intently, purposeful and closely at home that we learn about the world and our place in it. With exceptional residents (Paul Newman and Rabbi Silver to name but two), the Van Sweringens who built a national empire largely because of Shaker Heights, and early racial integration with the foundation of the Ludlow Community Association in 1957, this place has many stories to tell. Why don't you join us for the ride?"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms Jennifer Sullivan

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