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March 5, 2010 – Tartan Day on Ellis Island to Open NY Tartan Week

Clan Currie Society to Open NY Tartan Week With
9th Annual Ellis Island Program

Tartan Week in New York opens with a family-friendly Scottish festival featuring a new exhibition in the Peopling of America Gallery which runs from Friday, April 2 through Sunday, April 4. On Saturday, April 3, 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. Saturday’s performances will run from 10AM to 4PM.

The ninth annual observance of Tartan Day on Ellis Island event will open NY Tartan Week – a nine-day festival of all things Scottish, including Sir Sean Connery’s Dressed to Kilt Fashion show, Whisky Live! and the NY Tartan Day Parade.

Tartan Day on Ellis Island

Ellis Island is a 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.

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.

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