Shaker Historical Society

We inspire people to engage in and celebrate the Shaker Heights story and its impact on the region… past, present, and future.


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.

Emily first came to the Shaker Historical Society as a summer intern in 2015. After earning her BA in both history and classical studies from John Carroll University, and working in their history department, Emily returns to the SHS as a Sunday docent. Being a native Clevelander, she has grown up with some knowledge of the Shakers and the Shaker Heights community. Emily enjoys spending some quality time with her T.V., with a good book, or dragging her family to yet another museum. Due to her love of museums, she is extremely excited that she gets to return to the Shaker Historical Society. She already knows a lot about our collection and operations, but she remains eager to learn more.

Ware Petznick, Executive Director

Emily Uterhark