This exhibit shares the story of Lower Lake from its formation by the North Union Shakers in the 1830s to the work the Doan Book Watershed Partnership is doing today to preserve this local treasure.
There is little evidence of the North Union Shaker sect that once occupied what is now Shaker Heights and Cleveland Heights, but their impact on the region lives on through Lower Shaker Lake. Dammed by the Shakers in 1836, this man-made lake powered mills and sustained the North Union community in the 19th century. In the 20th century, it saw thrilling regattas of the Shaker Lakes Canoe Club, faced destruction by the proposed Clark-Lee Freeway, and became an Audobon-designated Important Bird Area. Lower Lake, often taken center stage throughout Shaker Heights history, remains a reminder of our past and a treasure for our future.
Masks are required inside the museum regardless of vaccination status. This exhibit will be open to the public from June 5-September 5, 2021.
Parking is available in the lot behind the museum. Cyclists may park their bikes at racks near the main entrance. Drivers may park facing the garage. A designated handicapped parking space is located near the ADA ramp and entrance. If the lot is full, visitors may park on the north side of South Park Blvd (opposite the museum).
An ADA ramp and designated handicapped parking spot are located behind the museum.
Please note our historic building is not entirely ADA accessible and there is no ADA bathroom. Most of our exhibits and events are on the main floor of the house, which can be accessed via the ADA ramp at the back of the museum, but there is no lift or elevator to access the second floor. All rooms on the first floor are on the same level except a very small step down to access the Spirit Tree Gift Shop, which was formerly the sun porch. For those with limited mobility who wish to access the second floor, there are thirteen steps up to the landing and then another five steps up to the second floor galleries.