Shaker Heights Stories, Tours, and Maps

 Audio and Video Stories

  • Shaker Heights Cable Access Television Programming. “Shaker Life” was a half-hour program aired on local cable access in the 1970s-1990s which profiled the events, people, and issues of the community of Shaker Heights, Ohio. It was produced by the City of Shaker Heights, with producer/director Douglas Drake and, after Drake’s death in 1983, Cynthia Merrick. These programs were donated to the Shaker Library Local History Collection by Doug Drake’s widow, Nola Drake, and their digitization from U-Matic format was made possible by generous support from Shaker Heights residents Sara and Brian Sullivan from Second Story Productions, the William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation, and the Northeast Ohio Broadcast Archives at John Carroll University. The collection also contains several episodes of the Shaker Cable Access Television program “The Library Comes to You,” conceived and produced by Shaker Heights Public Librarian Kathy Englehart in 1983, and funded by a federal Library Services and Construction Act grant.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Speaks at Heights Christian Church in Shaker Heights in 1965. A WEWS NewsChannel 5 video vault find by Tom Livingston includes an extended clip of Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking on the steps of Heights Christian Church in July 1965, and scenes of the audience and picketers. Runs from 2:12 to 4:34 (with clips of other appearances).
  • Project Discovery: A Demonstration in Education, 1965. Produced by Irving Rusinow, a 30-minute film on Encyclopedia Britannica’s experiment in filmstrip-based curricula at Mercer Elementary School in Shaker Heights. Principal Alice Van Deusen, teacher Mimi Weber, and several students are featured.
  • Shaker in Sound, 1959-1960,” Side 1 and Side 2, from the 45 rpm vinyl included with the 1960 Shaker Heights High School Gristmill yearbook “Sounds of Shaker,” featuring Paul Newman (SHHS 1943), Don Stern (SHHS 1960), the Student Body, and others. Technician: James Weidner.
  • Tour of Shaker Heights, 1978. Future Hollywood filmmaker David Wain gives a narrated tour of his hometown of Shaker Heights in 1978.

City of Shaker Heights Architectural Walking Tours

From 1982 to 2005 the Landmark Commission of the City of Shaker Heights produced self-guided walking and driving tours of Shaker Heights, organized around the work of a prominent architect or a particular architectural style. Each included background information on the architect or style, and a map of the city showing the location of relevant homes.

Cleveland Historic Maps

Shaker Heights and Cleveland change over time on this interactive site of historic maps. Created with information from the Digital Gallery at the Cleveland Public Library and  the Cleveland transportation history maps resource Rails and Trails.

Cleveland Historical

Map-based, multimedia presentations and curated historical tours of Shaker Heights and Northeast Ohio, developed with Cleveland State University’s Center for Public History + Digital Humanities. Cleveland Historical and the Shaker Buildings Database together are the Historic Shaker project, created to commemorate Shaker Heights’ 2012 Centennial.

Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection

Cleveland State University’s Center for Public History + Digital Humanities also conducted interviews with Shaker Heights residents on the Clark-Lee Freeway fight and the creation of the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, and on the occasion of the Shaker Centennial in 2012. See also their curated audio collection on Cleveland Voices.

Cleveland Restoration Society

The Cleveland Restoration Society’s 40th anniversary project, The African American Experience in Cleveland, inspired both a digital publication, Know Our Heritage, and an accompanying interactive map which features historic properties in Shaker Heights and Cleveland.

Shaker Heights Histories Online

Shaker Historical Society Oral History Forum

November 5-7, 2013. A series of interviews of Shaker residents, exploring their diverse experiences of living in Shaker Heights and the meaning of utopia. The conversations were held at the Shaker Historical Society in front of audiences during three consecutive evenings. Transcriptions of the events are in progress.

November 5: Boulevard, Fernway, Lomond
November 6: Ludlow, Malvern, Mercer
November 7: Moreland, Onaway, Sussex