Meet Marcia Slater.
Marcia is our Collections Technician in Cultural History. She accepts, processes and looks after our Western Canadian History collection which has approximately 120,000 objects. That is a very big job! She loves history and the variety of this vast collection which continually allows for new discoveries, new stories and new things to learn. An object that recently captured her interest is this ladies’ cigarette case with matching cigarette holder.“It’s a beautiful set, in its own case, beautifully made, with just enough wear to show the owner used it. It’s enamelled in peacock blue and very stylish, which reflects its era (1920′s) and belonged to a very interesting Alberta woman (Canada’s first female meteorologist). It’s also interesting to consider it in the current context, in which smoking is becoming increasingly unacceptable.”
Marcia often takes Museum School students “Behind the Scenes” – maybe she will show you more of her favourites!