Tartan Day on Ellis Island 2012 Enjoys Record-Breaking Numbers
11 May 2012
The 2012 edition of Clan Currie's Tartan Day on Ellis Island
broke all attendance records with over 70 thousand visitors from
around the corner and around the world.
A steady stream of visitors were thrilled to experience the
sights and sounds of the NY Celtic Dancers accompanied by the
Rampant Lion Pipe Band as they stepped ashore on Ellis Island.
Inside the museum, visitors poured through the Tartan Day
exhibition while enjoying the delightful sounds of harp, fiddle,
The 2012 program featured poetry and art from "An Leabhar Mòr" -
the Great Book of Gaelic - as well as a series of interpretive
panels looking at Gaelic history and culture, and immigration to
the United States from Scotland and Ireland.
The program also included two evenings of lectures and poetry
readings at New York's Poet's House.
This was the 11th observance of Tartan Day on Ellis Island
produced by the Clan Currie Society. Past programs have included,
"The Life and Legacy of John Muir," "Loyalty and Exile - The
Jacobites and America," "Scotland's Gifts to the World," and
"Tartan - Scotland's Enduring Icon."
As part of the annual program, the Clan Currie Society also
debuted their award-winning documentary film, "The Crafter's Song"
on YouTube -
. The film was launched on Tartan
Day, April 6th, 2012 in memory of the film's narrator, Cliff
Robertson who recently passed away.
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