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February 5, 2011
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NY Tartan Week 2011 to Open With 10th Annual
Celebration of Tartan Day on Ellis Island
Clan Currie Society to Present “A Celebration of Tartan”
Tartan Week in New York opens on Friday, April 1 at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum with “A Celebration of Tartan,” Clan Currie’s latest exhibition featuring the history and heritage of Scotland’s enduring icon. The program runs until Sunday, April 3.
In addition to the new exhibition, Ellis Island will come alive with the sights and sounds of pipers, drummers, singers and dancers who represent Scotland’s “portable culture” that were brought to this country by Scottish immigrants.
The Ellis Island event will officially open NY Tartan Week– a festival of all things Scottish, including Sir Sean Connery’s Dressed to Kilt Fashion show, Whisky Live! and the NY Tartan Day Parade.
A Celebration of Tartan
From the kilted clans of the Highlands to the runways of Milan, tartan is the definitive symbol of Scotland. Yet tartan, thanks to Scotland’s gift of it, is beloved throughout the world. No other fabric is so steeped in tradition or paradoxically, so consistently at the forefront of fashion. Historians study it while designers design in it. Rockers and royals alike agree – tartan rules. This new exhibition explores the fact and fiction of tartan, and how this national fabric has managed to capture the world.
The exhibition will be displayed adjacent to the Registry Room, the Great Hall on Ellis Island on the museum’s second floor. Tartan Day on Ellis Island is produced by Robert Currie. Marsha Lebby serves as senior researcher and writer for “A Celebration of Tartan.”
About Tartan Day on Ellis Island
Tartan Day on Ellis Island is one of the principal Scottish heritage events in the United States. The program is produced annually by the Clan Currie Society – one of the largest clan societies in the world – formed in 1959 to preserve and promote Scottish heritage and culture.
Describing the Tartan Week program, noted Scottish journalist and author Roddy Martine reported that of all the Tartan Day events held in the United States, the Ellis Island observance has, “stood out as a beacon of what USA Tartan Day is all about: the emigrant ancestors of ordinary Americans who over three centuries crossed the Atlantic Ocean to create the world’s greatest democracy.”
America’s Golden Door
Ellis Island is a most fitting place to observe Tartan Day. The island and its historic buildings represent America’s “Golden Door.” From 1892 to 1954, more than 12 million immigrants passed through Ellis Island. Although many Scots arrived during the colonial period of our history – helping to build the new nation – an additional half-million Scots came through Ellis Island. It has been estimated that 40% of Americans today can trace at least one ancestor’s entry into the United States through Ellis Island.
The Tartan Day event runs from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day. There is no admission charge to the Tartan Day events or the immigration museum. Passenger ferries run from Battery Park in New York City and Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey. For complete ferry schedules to Ellis Island, visit: www.statuecruises.com.