Shaker Historical Society
We have no vacancies at the moment, but we are always looking for volunteers and interns. Contact Rick at email@example.com if you are interested in volunteer opportunities in our museum, art gallery or gift shop!
Kate Walker, Marketing Coordinator
Ware Petznick earned a BA in Art History from Wellesley College, studied Art History at the University of St. Andrews for an MPhil in addition to a PhD in Furniture History in 2000. After working in Boston and Texas, she returned to Scotland and earned an MLitt with Honours in Decorative Art and Design History from the University of Glasgow in 2009. She has worked as an intern or on a contract basis for museums, libraries and archives in the United States and the United Kingdom including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Scotland's Secret Bunker, Colonial Williamsburg, Historic New England, the National Trust for Scotland, The Whitney Museum and the Frist Center for Visual Art. Ware served the McFaddin-Ward House as Curator of Collections (2005-2008), was a Design and Education Associate at Pollok House (2009) and was lecturer and webmaster for the Folk Fae Fife Science Festival for the University of St Andrews (2009-10). Ware has worked at the Shaker Historical Society since February 2013.
Kate is an award-winning communications professional who has experience working from non-profit to corporate to government agencies. She graduated from John Carroll Universtiy with a degree in Communications in 2004. She has worked in Washington, DC, doing strategic communications consulting as well as in Chicago, IL, doing marketing and communications work. Kate loves working with people and history. Recently having returned to Cleveland, she now lives with her family in Shaker Heights and is excited about working at the Shaker Historical Society and utilizing her communications experience to help raise awareness about this history of our great town!
Ware Petznick, Executive Director
Anne Marie is a new resident in Shaker Heights. She comes here with her son and her husband from Buffalo, NY. She is a stay-at-home mom with a passion for singing and community outreach. She is now taking care of our visitors on Sunday afternoons.
An avid reader of history and visitor to historic sites, Rick Smith has found a new home for his hobby at The Shaker Historical Society.
A corporate “PR guy” for more than 30 years, Rick knows a lot of history about the aluminum, aerospace and automotive industries and a little history about the eye care, energy and travel businesses.
Rick and his wife, Anne, a retired independent school administrator and public school history teacher are enjoying their second “tour” of Shaker Heights as grandparents. They lived and worked in Shaker Heights for thirteen years during their first tour and reared their two children, Rick and Carolyn. Their son, also a Rick, served on the SHS Board and his daughter, Hazel, serves as a student volunteer at SHS. If you don’t believe history repeats itself, albeit in genealogical reverse, just ask the Smiths.
Rick, the elder, holds a bachelor’s degree in history (what else?) from Muskingum University and a master’s degree in public relations from American University.
Rick looks forward to meeting and hearing the history stories from many SHS members and guests at the Museum.
Anne Marie Faltisco - Docent
Rick Smith, Office Manager