Speaker Series: The Scots in St. Louis

How the Scots 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 program will take place at the United Hebrew Congregation on 13788 Conway Road. This event is open to the public and tickets are available at our Eventbrite page (click here) or at the venue door. Free admission is granted to high school and university students who present a valid student ID at the door. Be sure to check our Events menu and Facebook page on how to attend each session. To find out more information, email us at ssas.thistle.times@gmail.com or reach us on our Facebook and Twitter pages.