Wade Avenue Park Bridge

The City of Shaker Heights, the Shaker Heights LandmarksCommission, and the Shaker Heights Public Library for the creation of HistoricShaker.com

HistoricShaker.com is a collaborative project of the Shaker Heights Landmark Commission and the Shaker Heights Public Library. Together they created an easily accessible, digital record of the building history of Shaker Heights, an early 20th century planned community outside of Cleveland, 80% of which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Staff from the City of Shaker Heights and Shaker Heights Public Library worked with a group of 21 volunteers to preserve the information and history stored within the City's original building index cards. With an investment of over 1,000 hours, volunteers scanned information from more than 10,000 index cards with detailed building records dating as far back as 1915. They also built a searchable database with information such as construction year, building materials, construction cost and architect. Both the database and digital images of the original cards are now preserved online and available to the public.

Working with Cleveland State University's Center for Public History and Digital Humanities, the City-Library team also customized the Cleveland Historical mobile app to include a virtual tour of Shaker Heights historic landmarks, events, and people significant in the history of the city. Nearly 50 stories are featured in the app, illustrated with photos, maps, oral histories and other historic documents.

The project was administered by Meghan Hays, Local History Librarian of the Shaker Heights Public Library and Ann Klavora, Principal Planner, with City of Shaker Heights. The HistoricShaker.com project received funding from a Certified Local Government administered by the State Historic Preservation Office, the Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board, the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, and the National Archives and Records Administration.

This project was initiated to commemorate the Shaker Heights Centennial in 2012, but will continue to celebrate the history and legacy of Shaker Heights for years to come.

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