Graduate of the U of Ariz. with a B.A. in anthropology & history, and a M.A. in Museum Studies. 1973-1981 various roles with the Arizona State Museum and the Arizona Historical Society including Site Manager, Registrar, Acting Curator of Education, Acting Collections Curator.
Marcia managed and developed the Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) three-dimensional collections from 1981-2011.
Marcia’s essay, Art for Life’s Sake: The Handicraft Guild of Minneapolis,” in Minnesota 1900: Art and Life on the Upper Mississippi, 1890-1915, Minneapolis: Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 1994, pp. 122-213. Received the Montgomery Award.
She is the author of “The Handicraft Guild of Minneapolis: A Model of the Arts and Crafts Movement,” in The Substance of Style: Perspectives on the American Arts and Crafts Movement. Winterthur, Delaware: Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, 1996, pp. 213-228.
Co-author and developer of the In Honor of the People website with Tilly Laskey. Using MN Legacy funds to document and make accessible the Bishop Henry Whipple American Indian related collections held by the MNHS and the Science Museum of Minnesota, 2010-2011. http://www.inhonorofthepeople.org/
Marcia is a collaborator in creation of The Ojibwe People’s Dictionary online resource using MN Legacy funds, 2010-2011. http://ojibwe.lib.umn.edu/
She is retired as Senior Curator in 2011. 2011 – 2017 completed a book on the MNHS bandolier bag collection – A Bag Worth a Pony: The Art of the Ojibwe Bandolier Bag. Published – May 2017, MNHS Press.