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.


We are seeking a weekend docent to work most Sundays 2-5pm, the first Saturday of the month with the option for additional hours as needs arise. The docent opens and closes the museum, welcomes guests and sets them on their tours, sells tickets and items in the gift shop and light administrative and facilities duties. $11/hr

Interested candidates should send their resume and letter of interest to Dr Ware Petznick at asap. The vacancy will remain open until filled.


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 in a variety of industries including: non-profit, corporate, and government agencies. She graduated from John Carroll Universtiy with a degree in Communications in 2004. She has worked in Washington DC, Chicago, and Cleveland doing strategic communications, consulting as well as sales and marketing work. Kate loves working with people and learning about their history. Kate 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 community!

Ware Petznick, Executive Director

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. 


 Currently seeking weekend docent to start as early as September 1st/.

Rick Smith, Office Manager