In 2012, Shaker Heights celebrates its first century with public programming, a city-wide mobile history project, and a rich database of historic building cards, encouraging citizen historians to learn more about their homes, neighborhoods, and heritage.
Shaker Heights Centennial resources were created and compiled collaboratively by the Shaker Heights Landmark Commission and the Shaker Heights Public Library, supported in part by an award from the Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board, through funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), National Archives and Records Administration; and by a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Historic Preservation Fund, administered by the Ohio Historic Preservation Office of the Ohio Historical Society.
The Shaker Heights Historic Building Cards Database was gathered from over 10,000 index cards—one for each building in Shaker Heights. The original cards were created for each new building in Shaker Heights and are stored at Shaker Heights City Hall, in the Building Department. The Building Index Cards typically include information such as the date the home was built, the names of the home’s architect, builder, and original owner, and the estimated cost to build the home, among other details.
More Shaker Heights History? There’s An App for That. The Cleveland Historical website and smart phone app feature information about nearly 50 landmark properties, events, and people significant to the history of Shaker Heights. The app puts Cleveland—and now Shaker Heights—history at your fingertips. Developed by the Center for Public History + Digital Humanities at Cleveland State University, Cleveland Historical includes information about the city’s 45 individual landmarks, two local landmark districts and the Shaker Village National Register District. Download the app or visit the website in your browser.