Symposium Invitation


The 2018 Tartan Day Symposium will extend over three days—from Tuesday, 10 April through Thursday, 12 April 2018. All sessions for the 2018 Symposium require advance reservations and the purchase of tickets, either by check, made out to “NCTDC,” or online, via PayPal, here. An RSVP List will be maintained at the door for each session of the Annual Symposium.

 

  • Ticket price for all Tuesday’s events–includes opening Tartan panel with Sir Malcolm MacGregor and others, welcoming speeches (including Joni Smith), evening buffet & reception (open bar plus scotch-tasting), and evening speech by Donald Maclaren–$50.
  • Ticket Price for  Wednesday’s events – panel on Scottish DNA update, plus Former First Minister Henry McLeish’s speech–$20.
  • Ticket price for Thursday’s events –  two panels (including the one on Scots Heraldry with Lyon Morrow, Dunrossil, Durie and others), the one on how Tartan Day is celebrated elsewhere in the USA,  and the opening speech by Lyon–$30.
  • Special ” package discount” for symposium–special reduced Master Ticket Price for all three days of panels and speeches–$85 total (a $15 savings over a la carte).
  • Wednesday Capitol Hill Reception (includes buffet, open bar, scotch-tasting, Scottish entertainment, speeches and awards–Suggested Donation–$35.

 

2018 TARTAN DAY SYMPOSIUM (April 10 -12, 2018)

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Venue: James Monroe House (The Arts Club of Washington), Downtown Washington, DC

 

3:30PM – Welcoming Remarks

· John King Bellassai, JD, Vice President, National Capital Tartan Day Committee, Inc. (Host) – Welcome and Overview of the Week’s Program

· Joni Smith, Scottish Government Counselor for North America, British Embassy, Washington, DC – Greetings from Scotland

 

4:00PM – Opening Panel: The Role of Tartan In Forging A Scottish National Identity

· Sir Malcolm MacGregor of MacGregor, Bt., 24th Chief of Clan Gregor

· Clare Campbell, Tartan Weaver and Proprietor, The Prickly Thistle & Board Member, Scottish Tartans Authority

· Peter MacDonald, Noted Tartan Scholar and Weaver & Board Member, Scottish Tartans Authority – Advisor to the Scottish Registry of Scotlands

· Siobhan MacKenzie, Scottish dress designer who incorporate tartan motifs in her fashions, named Young Scottish Designer of the Year for 2016.

 

6:00PM – Special Presentation by Mr. Iain McMenemy on the work of the newly formed Bannockburn House Trust

– working to restore the historic Bannockburn House, which hosted Bonnie Prince Charlie and was later owned by the famous Wilsons’ of Bannockburn,

Scotland’s foremost family of tartan merchants

 

7:00 – 9:30PM – Buffet & Cocktail Reception – Open Bar – Scotch Tasting

 

7:30PM – Formal Remarks by Donald Maclaren, Chief of Clan MacLaren &

newly appointed Convenor, Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs (SCSC)

 

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Venue: Oracle Townhouse, Capitol Hill, Washington, DC

 

1:00PM – Opening Panel: Behind the Tartan:

Update on the Work of the 300+ Scottish Surname Genetic Testing Projects Sponsored by Family Tree DNA, Inc. of Houston, TX

· Jim Brewster, Events Manager, FTDNA, Houston, TX

· Keith MacGregor, Project Administrator, MacGregor Surname Project

· Bob MacLaren, Project Administrator, Clan MacLaren Surname Project

· TBD, Project Administrator, Scottish Family surname project

· Discussant: Dr. Bruce Durie, Noted Scottish Genealogist

 

3:00PM – Speech by the Rt. Hon. Henry McLeish, Former First Minister of Scotland –

Turbulent Political Times: The EU, Britain and Scotland After Brexit

· Mr. McLeish will be introduced by Joni Smith, Scottish Gov’t Counsellor for North America, British Embassy, Washington, DC

 

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Venue: James Monroe House (The Arts Club of Washington), Downtown Washington, DC

 

3:00PM – Prepared Remarks by the Rt. Hon. Joseph Morrow, Lord Lyon King of Arms

3:30PM – Opening Panel: Overview of Scots Heraldry for A Scottish-American Audience – All You Need to Know to Apply for Scottish Arms from Lyon Court

· Lyon Morrow (Moderator)

· Andrew Morrison, Viscount Dunrossil, President, Society of Scottish Armigers

· Donald Draper Campbell, U.S. Board Member, The Heraldry Society of Scotland

· Dr. Bruce Durie, Noted Scottish Genealogist & Heraldist and Sennachie, Council of Scottish Clans & Associations (COSCA)

· Discussants: Scott MacMillan, (a former Herald of the Republic of Ireland and Baron Rathdown), and John Cochran (COSCA Board Member & Sennachie of Clan Cochran, and a recent armiger)

 

6:00PM – Closing Panel: Keeping It Real – Celebrating Tartan Day All Around the USA

· James Morrison, Secretary, NCTDC (Moderator)

· Andrew Morrison, Viscount Dunrossil – Celebrating Tartan Day at the Alamo in San Antonio, TX

· Bob Currie, Commander, Clan Currie and Board Member, Ellis Island Foundation – Celebrating Tartan Day on Ellis Island, in New York Harbor

· Donovan Murray, President, Celtic Force Productions and Co-Producer, Tartan Day South – Celebrating Tartan Day in the Carolinas

 

You may RSVP electronically here below and make your donation through Paypal, or you may RSVP via US mail and make your donation by check to:

John Bellassai, Event Chairman 

National Capital Tartan Day Committee

4007 Garrison Street, NW, Washington, DC 20110

 

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NCTDC is a nonprofit charitable and educational organization, incorporated in the District of Columbia, which has been certified as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization by the Internal Revenue Service.  NCTDC’s sole purpose is to promote the Tartan Day holiday. All contributions to NCTDC are tax deductible, to the extent permitted by federal law.

 

The 2018 Tartan Day Symposium will extend over three days—from Tuesday, 10 April through Thursday, 12 April 2018.  All sessions for the 2018 Symposium require advance reservations and the purchase of tickets, either (1) by check, made out to “NCTDC” and mailed to John King Bellassai, NCTDC Vice President & Symposium Chairman, 4007 Garrison Street, NW, Washington, DC 200216, or (2) online, via PayPal, and purchased through our Website (www.dctartanday,org ).  An RSVP List will be maintained at the door for each session of the Annual Symposium.  The program for the 2018 Symposium is listed below.

 

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