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The exhibition will be displayed adjacent to the Registry Room, the Great Hall on Ellis Island on the museum’s second floor. In addition to Maclean and Currie, the Ellis Island exhibition team also includes researcher/writer Marsha Lebby and Gaelic scholar Michael Newton.
Poetry Readings, Lectures and a Film Screening Also Planned
The Ellis Island exhibition will be accompanied by two Great Book events in The Poets House, at 10 River Terrace in Manhattan, which looks out onto Ellis Island and is immediately adjacent to the Irish Famine Memorial.
On Tuesday, April 3 and Thursday, April 5, three eminent Gaelic poets will read a selection of poems from the “Great Book” and some of their own work. This is a great opportunity to experience 1,500 years of traditional and contemporary poetry in one of the oldest languages in Europe. The readings will be bi-lingual – in the original Gaelic with English translations – and refreshments will be available on both evenings. The three distinguished poets are Aonghas Dubh MacNeacaill, Christopher Whyte, and Kevin Macneill.
The April 3 event begins at 7:15pm with a 30 minute screening of Murray Grigor’s BBC film, “Is Mise An Teanga/ I Am The Tongue”, about the making of the Great Book and the Scots/Irish Gaelic connection. This will be followed by Q&A and the readings will begin at 8pm.
The April 5 event begins at 7.15pm with a rare opportunity to hear one of the leading experts on the subject, Dr. Michael Newton. Newton’s talk is entitled, “Gaelic Voices of Exile: The History and Literature of Gaels in America.” This will be followed by Q&A and the readings will begin at 8.15pm.
Celebrate Tartan Day with Music and Dance
Starting on Friday, April 6 (Tartan Day) through Sunday, April 8, Ellis Island will play host to some of the finest Scottish entertainment in New York City, including the Rampant Lion Pipe Band, a Celtic harp circle led by Mia Theodoratus, the New York Metro Pipe Band and the NY Celtic Dancers.
Support for the exhibition has been generously provided by the Gaelic Arts Agency, the Clan Currie Society, Scotland’s Islands and the Canadian Friends of Scotland.
Visit www.tartandayonellisisland.com for additional information. Follow exhibit plans and preparations via Twitter, @ClanCurrie.
About Tartan Day on Ellis Island
Tartan Day on Ellis Island is one of the principal Scottish heritage events in the United States. Playing host to literally thousands of domestic and international visitors each day, it is the largest Tartan Day celebration in the world. Ellis Island is a fitting place to observe Tartan Day. The island and its historic buildings represent America’s “Golden Door.”
From 1892 to 1954, more than 12 million immigrants passed through Ellis Island. Although many Scots arrived during the colonial period of our history – helping to build the new nation – an additional half-million Scots came through Ellis Island. It has been estimated that 40% of Americans today can trace at least one ancestor’s entry into the United States through Ellis Island.
Describing the program, noted Scottish journalist and author Roddy Martine reported that of all the Tartan Day events held in the United States, the Ellis Island observance has, “stood out as a beacon of what USA Tartan Day is all about: the emigrant ancestors of ordinary Americans who over three centuries crossed the Atlantic Ocean to create the world’s greatest democracy.”
Tartan Day on Ellis Island is produced by the Clan Currie Society – one of the preeminent Scottish heritage organizations in the United States. The Clan Currie Society began its successful collaboration with the Ellis Island Immigration Museum in 2002 in the coordination and sponsorship of their first Tartan Day celebration. That year, Clan Currie and the National Museums of Scotland joined forces to host the traveling exhibit, “Home and Away: Highland Departures and Returns.
As part of the celebrations for Tartan Day 2011, the Clan Currie Society commissioned a specially designed Ellis Island Tartan© to mark the 10th Anniversary of Tartan Day on Ellis Island. Each color in the tartan reflects upon the American immigrant experience. The blue represents the ocean that had to be crossed to reach the American shores. The copper-green is the color of the Statue of Liberty. The red depicts the bricks of the Ellis Island buildings where 12 million Americans took their first steps towards freedom. The gold is the golden door that is the United States of America and the dawn of a new life in America.
Brian Wilton, director of the Scottish Tartans Authority in Crieff, Scotland said: “As the first American footfall for millions of emigrants —including hundreds of thousands of Scots—Ellis Island plays an extremely important part in many family histories. It is entirely appropriate that all those whose American origins were born there should be able to celebrate and commemorate that momentous occasion by wearing the new Ellis Island Tartan.”