Scottish Heritage Symposium

Due to severe flooding damage caused by Hurricane Florence, several of our campus facilities are still under repair. Our food service options are limited due to the flooding of our student center and food service areas. We regret that we are unable to offer the annual Scottish Heritage Awards Banquet this year. However, symposium sessions will be taking place in a newly refurbished Avinger Auditorium that features a new sound system and amenities that are more conducive for these sessions. Outside of some reconstruction efforts which will be ongoing in various places on campus, this is the only impact which this disaster’s effects will have on our event.

Schedule of Events:

Friday, April 5

1:30 p.m. Check-In

2:00 p.m. Opening Remarks

2:15 p.m. “Early Highland Presbyterian Kirks and Gaelic Preachers in North Carolina” Mr. Donald McLeod

3:15- 3:30 p.m. Break /Late Check-In

3:30 p.m. “To our Mother Country and our Adopted Nation”: Scottish Club Culture in the Early Republic

Dr. Sarah Dziennik

4:30 p.m. Close of Proceedings for Day 1

Dinner – On Your Own (visit for local options)

Saturday, April 6 – “National Tartan Day”

9:30 a.m. Check-In

10:00 a.m. “The Redshanks Migrations from Mid-Argyll to East Donegal”

Mr. Barry McCain

11:00 a.m. Break

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. “The 71st Foot and War in the Revolutionary Carolinas”

Dr. Matthew Dziennik

12:15 – 1:15 p.m. Lunch buffet served

1:15 – 2:15 p.m. “ ‘They were used to Gàidhlig … I’m about the only one living that picked up any of that’ – (Re)collecting Scottish Gaelic Memories from North Carolina in the Southern Folklife Collection” Dr. Tiber Falzett

2:15- 2:30 p.m. Break

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Forum Discussion – “Educating the Future Generations”

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Open Question and Answer Session with Speakers

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Meeting of the North Carolina Scottish Heritage Society

5:30 p.m. Reception—food, fellowship and drink—Scottish Heritage Center

Sunday, April 7

11:00 a.m. Kirkin of the Tartans Worship Service

Laurinburg Presbyterian Church
600 West Church Street – Downtown Laurinburg
Come celebrate this Scottish-American worship tradition. Lunch following service*

(Advance reservations required, please see registration form for details)

For further information and to register for this event go to: