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Shaker Historical Society Offers Exhibit Through Sunday

Learn how the city fared during its second quarter-century of existence, during events like the Great Depression and World War II

At the , celebrating 100 years of the city's history means introducing the public to exhibits focused on different eras of the past century.

Through Sunday, the organization will present "Thriving Through Adversity: Shaker Heights 1930-1955." The exhibit displays art, photos, relics and facts from the city's second quarter-century, giving people a look at how Shaker Heights fared during events like the Great Depression and World War II.

"It's interesting because it ties Shaker Heights history into the larger context," interim Director of Education Emily Wicks said. "We have artifacts from World War II that actually belonged to Shaker Heights residents."

Wicks said the title of the exhibit was inspired by the fact that Shaker made progress during what was a difficult time for much of the nation. By 1935, Shaker Heights had the highest new-home values among all Cleveland suburbs with 152 homes built at an average cost of $10,500. Religious establishments were also built during this time period, including St. Dominic Church in 1945.

The exhibit also celebrates the life of William J. Van Aken, the Shaker Village mayor who held that post until his death in 1950.

The next exhibit, "Celebrating Community Spirt: Shaker Heights 1955-1980 begins Aug. 21.

The Shaker Historical Society is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission costs $4 for non-member adults; $2 for children, ages 6 to 18; and is free for children under 6.

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