Museum Curator Dr. Ruth Barnes Shaw - Seasonal Staff Position

Ruth Barnes Shaw holds a Master’s degree in art history and a Ph.D. in American Studies and Women’s Studies from the State University of New York, University at Buffalo, and has taught courses in art history, cultural history, women’s studies, and textile design at the University at Buffalo and Jamestown Community College. She received her B.F.A. in textile design from Parsons School of Design in New York City, and upon graduation, she worked as a textile designer for Concord Fabrics on Broadway for several years. She later opened her own business in Chautauqua County, New York where she designed and made women's fashions. Originally from Western New York, Dr. Barnes Shaw moved to Pennsylvania in 1995 when she took a position as an on-air radio personality at WRLP-FM, Rock103 in Russell. She has lectured locally and regionally on American women's art, textiles, and clothing, and often gives weaving demonstrations at local historic events. Her areas of specialization include Gilded Age America, women’s domestic and reproductive work, and textiles. Having been a volunteer for the Warren County Historical Society and the Wilder Museum of Warren County History for over 20 years, she is now delighted to be part of the daily operations of both facilities. Along with her passion for history, Ruth enjoys sewing, weaving, hiking and camping, is an avid ice skater, and the Cubmaster for Pack 14 in Russell.