Shaker Historical Society

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


Ally Carr, Communications and Office Manager

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).
As a 2012 graduate of Kent State University Ally became active at the Dietrich Youth Center’s Arts Alive!  The students who attended Arts Alive! varied in cognitive, developmental, and behavioral abilities. This environment of cross-spectrum learners is a valuable experience that gave Ally the opportunity to adapt to the simultaneous needs of multiple people. Additionally, this experience led to the management of volunteers and mentor pairing, so multiple objectives could be met for her students. As a Marketing Executive,  she worked with The Akron Area YMCA during the inauguration of the first woman C.E.O Jill Kolesar. There she developed communications through traditional media, but also through social and new media. 

Ware Petznick, Executive Director

Liz Stark, Docent