Symposium Invitation

We hope you’ll join us April 1st and 2nd here in DC for our Annual Tartan Day Symposium, to be held at the historic DACOR Bacon House, a beautiful old mansion house located in the “Foggy Bottom” area of the city–very near the White House, the World Bank Building, and George Washington University, located at 1801 “F” Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006.  
Within easy walking distance, there are three public parking garages (all within two blocks) plus a Metro stop (“Foggy Bottom” stop on the Blue and Orange lines). 
The registration fee is thirty-five dollars ($35.00) per person and covers both days.  You can pay online, via PayPal, through our Website.  Or you can send a check for that amount to “NCTDC”, c/o John King Bellassai, Vice President, 4007 Garrison Street, NW, Washington, DC 2006.  Either way (paying online or by check), please list name and contact information for yourself plus any guests.
There is a strong cadre of speakers and panel discussions lined up for the Symposium, which will commence at 9:30AM on Thursday, April 1st and conclude at 2:30PM on Friday, April 2nd.  Speakers will include:
  • Rt. Hon. Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Sect’y for Culture, Tourism & External Affairs, The Scottish Gov’t
  • Joni Smith, Scottish Government Counsellor for North America
  • Andrew Morrison, Viscount Dunrossil and cousin to the Morrison Chief
  • Kirstin Bidier, Executive Director, National Trust for Scotland, USA
  • Rev. Douglas Kelly, Chairman Emeritus, Scottish Heritage, USA
  • Professor Donna Heddle, University of the Highlands & Islands, Orkney, Scotland
  • Bruce Durie, Noted Scottish Genealogist and Schennachie to The Name of Durie
  • Graeme MacKenzie, Noted Scottish Genealogist & Chairman, Association of Northern Clans
  • Keith MacGregor, Board Member for North America, Clan Gregor Society
  • Prof. Robert Spencer, Noted Genetic Researcher, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Janine Cloud, Director of Marketing, Family Tree DNA, Inc., Houston, TX
Note that Washington will be flooded with tourists for the Cherry Blossom Festival (that same week) and getting around is hard under those constraints.  Hotel prices can really jump for Cherry Bloom season, so make your reservations IMMEDIATELY, if you have not already done so.
If you are coming in from out of town, you might want to stay at the Holiday Inn – Central on Rhode Island Avenue, NW in DC. It is quite central. Phone number there:  (202) 483-2000.  Address: 1501 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005.  And here are three boutique hotels in the Foggy Bottom area of DC–all within easy walking distance (4-5 blocks) of the DACOR Bacon House–site of the Symposium: 
  • The Residence Inn by Marriott – Foggy Bottom: (202) 785-2000.
  • ARC Hotel, Foggy Bottom – (202) 337-6620.
  • River Inn, Foggy Bottom – (202) 337-7600.
The day before the Symposium–Tuesday, March 31st–will see the Annual Tartan Day Reception on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol, also cosponsored by NCTDC and the Friends of Scotland Caucus in the Congress.  There will be Scottish food and drink (including a scotch-tasting, and entertainment (pipers, fiddlers, highland dancers). 
See the “Capitol Hill Reception” drop down under the “events” tab on this Website for more information.
Though there is no charge to attend the Capitol Hill Reception, a prior RSVP is required and a Guest List is maintained at the door.  A modest donation to NCTDC is requested, to help defray the costs of the event (catering, entertainment, advertising, etc.).  Suggested amount: $20.00. For more details, contact John King Bellassai, Vice President, NCTDC, either by phone (202) 258-4876 or email ( 


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 2020 Tartan Day Symposium will extend over two days—from Tuesday, March 31 through Thursday, April 2 2020.  All sessions for the 2020 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.