@ Shaker Library
The Library Preserves
Local History Librarian Meghan Hays has a job that might be described as
unpredictable. She recently helped locate and map all the schools in Shaker,
past and present, for a man who was planning a trek from school to school
for the Cleveland Hiking Club. Another time, she shared resources with
Shaker teachers who built an in-school display and timeline celebrating
Wodbury School’s centennial. And yet another time, she learned with a
visitor why writer and comedian Fred Willard’s photo did not appear in the
Shaker Gristmill yearbook – while he grew up in Shaker Heights, he actually
graduated from the Kentucky Military Institute.
Hays’ domain is the Main Library’s Moreland Room, dedicated to
preserving Shaker’s past and promoting an awareness of the City’s rich
history and cultural diversity. “Our purpose is to provide access to rare
and irreplaceable material in a way that is as convenient as possible, while
also protecting the material from loss or damage,” says Hays.
For those seeking photographs of the way we were, the Local History
Collection is a place to begin. It includes many historic photographs of
the people and places in Shaker Heights, which capture the essence of
the City and what has changed – and what has remained the same –
over the decades. Many more photographs are available in the
Local History collection at the Main Library and at
The Library welcomes additional donations from residents who
want to share their photographs and contribute to the
preservation of our local history. SL
• Teens having fun at a
dance in 1984.
• Mr. Ittner’s King Tut
Exhibit at Lomond
School, circa 1980.
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