New York City is the place to be for National Tartan Day. In addition to the Tunes of Glory piping parade, the following events will be held on Friday, April 5, 2002. Both events are FREE and open to the public. Please help us spread the word.
"Home and Away" Exhibit Opening
Celebrate Tartan Day on Ellis Island at the opening of "Home and Away: Highland Departures and Returns", a touring exhibition organized by the National Museums of Scotland and the Highland Homecomings Project. It focuses on the many departures from the Scottish Highlands and Islands that have taken place over the last three centuries, and on the thousands of 'homecoming' journeys made by people of Scottish descent from across the world to their ancestral homeland.
The Clan Currie Society and Vintage Hallmark of St. James's (importers of Ben Nevis Whisky) have taken a lead role in bringing this new exhibit to the Ellis Island Immigration Museum .
The exhibit will have its debut at a special opening celebration in honor of National Tartan Day on Friday, April 5, 2002. The event, which will take place at 11:00 AM is open to the public and is free of charge.
"Home and Away" will remain on exhibit at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum through the end of June. The museum can be reached via ferry boats departing from Liberty State Park in Jersey City and lower Manhattan. For schedule and ticket information, contact the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Ferry at 201-435-9499 (NJ) or 212-269-5755 (NY). For further information on the Ellis Island ceremony, contact Clan Currie at firstname.lastname@example.org
, or 908-273-3509.
A public concert featuring musical performances by Hugh Cheape from the curatorial staff of the National Museums of Scotland on Scottish smallpipes and Paul Jordan of the renowned Scottish Fiddle Orchestra on fiddle. Together they will perform tunes and sets that traveled across the Atlantic in the 18th and 19th centuries.
The concert will be held at 6PM on Friday, April 5 at the First Presbyterian Church, located downtown on Fifth Avenue between 11th and 12th Streets.
For further information and reservations for the "Migrating Music" concert, please call 828-766-0531.
Tartan Day is a national American celebration which recognises the contributions of Scots and Scottish-Americans to the development of the United States. In 1998 the U.S. Senate passed a resolution recognising 6 April as National Tartan Day in recognition of "the outstanding contribution of millions of Scots-Americans to our great nation." The date commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320 which was an influence on the American Declaration of Independence. Almost half of the signatories on the Declaration of Independence were of Scottish descent, while three quarters of U.S. Presidents have been of Scottish ancestry.