Scotch-Irish Symposium Will Celebrate Heritage

Scotch-Irish Symposium Will Celebrate Heritage

YORK, SC – The Culture & Heritage Museums and the Center for Scotch-Irish Studies will host the Seventh Biannual Scotch-Irish Identity Symposium on June 6-7 at the McCelvey Center, 212 E. Jefferson St. in York. The biannual Scotch-Irish Identity Symposium provides a forum for scholars from across the United States and Canada to present the latest research in the fields of Scotch-Irish history, culture and heritage in North America. The theme for this year’s conference, “Scotland, Ulster and America: Ties that Bind,” will explore the cultural exchanges between Scotland, Ulster and America over the last 400 years.

Registration and the opening reception will take place Thursday, June 6 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM. The symposium will be held on Friday, June 7, from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM and will include presentations on Scotch-Irish family histories, the Scotch-Irish settlement of colonial America, the musical links between Scotland and Southern Appalachia, and the Scotch-Irish “holy war” in the Carolinas during the American Revolution. Symposium attendees will also have the opportunity to pick up signed copies of CHM historian Michael Scoggins’ new book, The Scotch-Irish Influence on Country Music in the Carolinas (History Press).

The Scotch-Irish Identity Symposium is being held in conjunction with the annual Clover Scotch-Irish Festival and Scottish Games in nearby Clover, South Carolina, which takes place on Saturday, June 8, 2013.

Details and conference registration information are available at or by contacting conference organizer Michael Scoggins at the McCelvey Center, 803-818-6768,

The Scotch-Irish Symposium is sponsored by the Culture & Heritage Museums and the Yorkville Historical Society, in association with the Center for Scotch-Irish Studies and the Scotch-Irish Society of the USA.