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 Scottish St. Andrew Society of Greater St. Louis was a 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. The statue signifies not only William Bixby's passion for literature and founding the Burns Club of St. Louis, but the great Scottish foundation of St. Louis.

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Education

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).

Our members are happy to volunteer their time visiting schools, local museums, parks, and other educational institutions sharing their knowledge and promoting Scottish culture. We take pride in going out into the community and connecting with people who are also passionate about all things Scottish.

Scots in St. Louis Speaker Series

In 2018, the society received a grant from the Missouri Humanities Council to invite guest speakers and scholars presenting speeches on the history of Scottish migrants in Missouri. From November 2018 to March 2019, three sessions will be held, each of which will talk about a different aspect of how Scots shaped the history, economy, and social aspects of Missouri. We welcome everyone to join us and more information can be found on our Events menu and on Facebook.

A Future Scholarship

Society members have begun to tentatively outline a new scholarship fund for students pursuing post-secondary education. Within Scottish culture, there is a strong drive for educational excellence and we as a society nurture the growth of knowledge for everyone. More details about the scholarship fund will be posted in February. If you'd like to become part of this exciting new initiative, email Thomas Richardson at ssas.thistle.times@gmail.com for information.