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Staff

Sarah MaloneySarah Kaufman, Managing Director/Curator

Born and raised in the Niagara Region, Sarah Kaufman holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree, specializing in History and Politics, and a Masters in Public History from the University of Western Ontario. She has worked in over 7 of Niagara’s heritage institutions. Sarah became Managing Director in 2010 and is responsible for the day to day operations, implementing Board directed strategies and policies, as well as the management, research and exhibition of the Museum's collection. She has curated a number of exhibitions, including a few digital, on general Niagara-on-the-Lake history, the War of 1812, the First World War and more. Sarah also enjoys participating on local heritage projects in the community such as the Landscape of Nations, the Voices of Freedom Park, and various commemorative committees.  


Amy KlassenAmy Klassen, Director of Finance & Marketing

Amy Klassen received her Honours BA in Anthropology from the University of Guelph and then completed the Post-Graduate Program in Human Resource Management at Niagara College in 2005.    As Director of Finance & Marketing she is responsible for most aspects of bookkeeping, public relations, human resources, member services, volunteer coordination and event management as well as other administrative duties.  Amy has been with the Society since 2001, having contracts as Special Event Coordinator, Curatorial Assistant, Volunteer Coordinator, and finally joined the Society full time in 2006.  She is a contributing author in the Society’s publication 100 Years – 100 Artefacts (2007).


Shawna ButtsShawna Butts, Assistant Curator & Educational Programmer

Shawna Butts received her Honours BA in Anthropology from the University of Guelph and then she went on to complete an Advanced Diploma in Applied Museum Studies at Algonquin College. She has been working in the cultural and heritage field for over 6 years at institutions like the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre, Royal Tyrrell Museum, the Senate of Canada and in community museums in the Hamilton-Burlington area. As the Assistant Curator & Educational Programmer, Shawna helps manage the collection, performs curatorial duties and assists with the planning and administration of public programs.


Babs Barbara (Babs) Worthy, Visitor & Members Services Assistant

Barbara Worthy is a writer/director/producer/performer. For two decades she was a drama and documentary producer for CBC Radio.

She has also enjoyed a 20-year association with the Shaw Festival, including acting, writing, and producing. She teaches at both Brock University and Niagara College and is a creative producer and content provider for many local arts organizations in the Niagara region.

No stranger to the Niagara Historical Society, ‘Babs’ has written and produced numerous historical programs for the Society, including Cemetery Tours and the annual Remembrance Day concert. She was the writer/director of the Voices of Freedom Park audio installation, commemorating Niagara’s Black History; The Nawash Ojibway History Play; a 9-part video documentary series, The History of Niagara, for the Niagara Historical Museum; a musical history podcast series, The Great Canadian Historical Songbook; Niagara 150 -  two commemorative touring productions for Canada 150; and her first full stage musical, an adaptation of Wind in the Willows, was produced in Sudbury in 2019.


® Image: View of Fort George, Oil on canvass, C. Kreighoff 1823