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.

We welcome everyone to join us for these discussions from February 2019 to May 2019. This event is free and open to the public and you can reserve your seats by visiting our Eventbrite link. Each lecture will be held at the Center of Clayton at 50 Gay Ave in Clayton MO.  Speaker biographies along with dates and times of each lecture will be provided as the events are scheduled.