Dr. Elizabeth ScottChief Curator – Director of Collections & Research
Dr. Elizabeth A. Scott, B.A. (Hons.), M.A., Ph.D., is the Chief Curator and Director of Collections & Research at the Western Development Museum. She is also Adjunct Professor in the Department of History at the University of Saskatchewan. Prior to joining the WDM in 2016, Dr. Scott held several postdoctoral fellowships and had worked as the Citizenship Officer for Saskatoon and Northern Saskatchewan with Citizenship and Immigration Canada and as a Citizenship Case Analyst in Ottawa, experiences that encouraged her to study the transnational history of immigration policies in Canada.
Dr. Scott’s collections, research and exhibition work at the WDM focuses on Saskatchewan histories that explore the province’s diversity, promote Reconciliation and inclusivity and showcase innovation. She is engaged in the teaching and scholarship of Public History.
An active member of the Canadian Historical Association, Dr. Scott presents regularly at the Annual Meeting. She enjoys giving public lectures to community groups and the heritage and museum sector. Dr. Scott is actively involved in her community, as a member of the Saskatoon Archives and Archivists Group, former executive member of the Canadian Committee on Migration, Ethnicity and Transnationalism and former elected member of the Saskatoon Community Clinic Board of Directors. She was chairperson of the 50th Anniversary of Medicare Committee in Saskatoon in 2012.
Dr. Scott is passionate about advancing Reconciliation and building partnerships at the WDM, sharing the diverse history of the people of Saskatchewan and exploring our unique sense of place. She is honoured to lead the stewardship of the WDM artifact Collection for future generations to learn from and enjoy.
(2022) Co-Curator with Stephanie M. Danyluk and the Late Melvin Littlecrow. Wapaha Ska Oyate: Living Our Culture, Sharing Our Community at Pion-Era, 1955-69, WDM in partnership with Whitecap Dakota First Nation. Recipient of the Museums Association of Saskatchewan Award of Merit, Institution Over $50,000.
(2019) Co-Curator. Saskatchewan Doukhobor Living Book Project, WDM in partnership with Spirit Wrestler Productions and the University of Saskatchewan. Winner of the Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Museums: History Alive! for 2020.
(2017) Curator. Our Collective Threads: Saskatchewan People in Canada, WDM.