Community Work

Community Work

The society was established for the benefit of the greater St. Louis community. To achieve this goal, we challenge ourselves to teach as many people as possible about the incredible value of Scotland and its heritage. Over the years, members and officers have volunteered at schools teaching students about the many different facets of Scotland and promoted Scottish heritage in the civic sphere. This page delivers a brief overview of our sponsorship of various groups, volunteerism, and civic action.

Sponsorships

Robert Burns Statue Restoration

Located at the corner of Forsyth and Skinker Avenues, next to Bixby Hall on the Washington University Campus. The St. Andrews Society was one of the primary donors toward the restoration of the Robert Burns Statue.

The process for the statue included pressure cleaning with glass microspheres, repair and patination of the bronze, saturation with acrylic lacquer, and finishing with paste wax. The process for the pedestal included poultice-based cleaning for stain removal, repair of the stone and mortar cracks, cleaning & repointing.

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Education

Volunteer members of the Scottish St. Andrew Society of Greater St. Louis in partnership with volunteers from the Scottish Partnership for Arts and Education, the St. Louis Curling Club, Dance Caledonia, Highland Mist Country Dancing, and individual members are available to participate in your school or organization's cultural day or festival. We assist students in learning about our culture, language, Scottish history, Highland Dress, bagpiping, music, the Scottish games, Highland Dancing, and Scottish Language (Scots Gaelic).

If interested & to get more information, email us at info@stlstandrews.com. or ssas.thistle.times@gmail.com

Teachers or School Administrators can also check us out at the various public festivals listed below to get an idea of how we interact with the children and to hear the topics we typically cover.

Cultural Days and Festivals we have participated in:

  • Campbell Montessori School Cultural Day
  • Festival of Faiths and Cultures
  • [Image of Dave Hill and Cub Scouts at the Festival of Faiths and Cultures] Festival of Nations
  • McKinley Classical / Junior Academy
  • Missouri River Irish Fest
  • Missouri Tartan Day Festivities
  • Richwoods R-VII (K-8) Scottish Culture Assembly
  • Rockwood School District Boy Scouts of America Language and Culture Belt Loop Day
  • Rodgers Elementary
  • Smithton Public Library Summer Reading Program
  • Southwestern Illinois College (Belleville) Cultural Day
  • St. Louis Scottish Games
  • Union High School Cultural Day

Scots in St. Louis Speaker Series

The society is currently securing grants and partnerships to start a speaker series on Scottish heritage and culture in the St. Louis region. This series looks at Scottish-Americans in Missouri and the role they played in the developing of the Midwestern United States. To learn more, visit the Events menu at the top of the page.