2021 COSCA Annual General Meeting
The COSCA Board of Directors decided that we would NOT have an organizational presence at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games (GMHG) in NC in July this year, due to continuing public health concerns. Instead, we agreed to hold our Annual General Meeting (AGM) remotely again this fall, as we did last year, via Zoom. Watch this page for more information on the date and time, coming soon, plus a link for members to join the AGM Zoom call.
This Conference is an opportunity for those of us in the Scottish North American community to share views, values, experiences and best practices. The conference aims to raise awareness of Scotland and Scottish culture; to develop a better understanding of the roles, objectives and operations of the various government, academic, non-profit and private sector organizations that operate in the Scottish-North American community and to identify opportunities to enhance communication and collaboration within the community.
The conference is presented by the founding partners, The American-Scottish Foundation and the CHICAGO SCOTS in association with St. Andrew’s Society of Detroit and additional co-sponsors, Council of Scottish Clans & Associations (COSCA) and the Toronto, Ontario-based Scottish Studies Foundation.
Attendees will have the opportunity to exchange experiences and ideas with key figures from Scotland, America and Canada on topics affecting and involving the Scottish-North American community both here and in Scotland. The theme of this year’s conference is “Enduring Bond of Scottish-North American Friendship.” As in the past, conference organizers expect to have active participation from the Scottish Government, VisitScotland and other key Scottish and Scottish-North American missioned organizations.
See the Celtic Life magazine article in the December 2020 edition:
The Scottish North American Community Conference: The SNACC brings Scots together online this December (PDF)
See the Scottish Banner magazine artile in the November 2020 edition:
The 17thAnnual Scottish North American Community Conference will take place virtually this year on Zoom December 4th-6th (PDF)
Get your tickets here. After you purchase your ticket for the Scottish North American Community Conference we will send over your Zoom link event invite which you will be able to use to join the Conference.
Robert The Bruce film is now available online:
Screen Media has released the film on most digital platforms. This year coincides with the 700th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath, when The Bruce declared Scotland a free land, and the 25th anniversary of the release of the film Braveheart from which Robert The Bruce picks up the historical timeline. Angus Macfadyen once again portrays Robert the Bruce. See more here.
700th Anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath
This year, 2020, will be a big year for us in the Scottish-American Community, as we join our cousins in Scotland to celebrate the 700th Anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath — the Scottish declaration of independence from the English king, signed and sealed by King Robert and the Scottish barons in 1320. FYI, this is the lead article in the January/February 2020 edition of The Highlander magazine, which I recommend to
you. Celebratory events are scheduled all year in Scotland, but a procession and a formal (in modern English) reading of the Declaration will take place in the town of Arbroath on April 5th. Learn more here.