Speaker Series: The Scots in St. Louis

How the Scottish Shaped Missouri

The Preamble of the Scottish St. Andrew Society of Greater St. Louis’s Constitution states; ‘The Society shall endeavor to make vital and significant contributions to the cultural and educational life of the community in the arts and sciences, bearing in mind the works and examples of Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson, John Napier, Andrew Carnegie, John Logie Baird, William Lister and other greats.’

In the spirit of following the mission set by the organization’s founders, the Board of Directors embarked on new projects to connect with the community. We are proud to announce that we were awarded a grant from the Missouri Humanities Council to fund this fantastic new speaker series, the ‘Scots in St. Louis.' From November through March, guest speakers from across Missouri will join us in discussing the lasting historical and social impacts of Scottish settlers.

Missouri has a long history of different ethnic groups leaving their mark on the state. The Scottish were no exception as they migrated west to build communities, embark on business ventures, conduct agriculture, and become public servants. Today, over half a million Missourians identify as Scottish-American who acknowledge their ancestral heritage. This program is funded through a grant awarded by the Missouri Humanities Council, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The MHC is the only statewide agency in Missouri devoted exclusively to humanities education for citizens of all ages. It has served as a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities since 1971.

The inaugural speaker series was a rousing success! We had great discussions on the history of Scots in Missouri, their impact, and how you can research your Scottish lineage through genealogical research. We say thank you to the wonderful speakers who gave amazing talks, the audience who joined us every month and their support of the society, and the Missouri Humanities Council whose grant made everything possible.

The second session of the speaker series is currently in the works! We're currently looking for presenters interested in giving talks about regional history, culture, and influence of the Scots. Stay tuned as more details emerge!