Monthly Archives: September 2018

ASF Members & Friends invited to attend the Explorers Club “Tartan Turban” Talk Monday October 1st

The Explorers Club have extended an invitation for The American-Scottish Foundation®  Members & Friends to attend their upcoming lecture “The Tartan Turban”

Monday, October 1
6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Lecture
The Explorers Club Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, NYC

Member Ticket Price: $10
Guest Ticket Price: $25
Student Ticket Price: $5 with a valid student ID

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John Keay, British historian, journalist, radio presenter and lecturer specializing in popular histories of India, the Far East and China, is widely seen as a pre-eminent historian of British India.

Keay will take one on a journey …
Like the travels of Marco Polo, those of Alexander Gardner clip the white line between credible adventure and creative invention. Either he is the nineteenth century’s most intrepid traveler or its most egregious fantasist, or a bit of both. Contemporaries generally believed him; posterity became more skeptical. And as with Polo, the investigation of Gardner’s story enlarged man’s understanding of the world and upped the pace of scientific and political exploration.

Before more reputable explorers notched up their own discoveries in innermost Asia, this lone Scots-American had roamed the deserts of Turkestan, ridden round the world’s most fearsome knot of mountains and fought in Afghanistan ‘for the good cause of right against wrong.’

From the Caspian to Tibet and from Kandahar to Kashgar, Gardner had seen it all. At the time, the 1820s, no other outsider had managed anything remotely comparable. When word of his feats filtered out, geographers were agog.

He witnessed the death throes of that Sikh empire at close quarters and, sparing no gruesome detail, recorded his own part in the bloodshed (the very same featuring as the exploits of ‘Alick’ Gardner in the ‘Flashman’ series).

Fame finally caught up with him during his long retirement in Kashmir. Dressed in tartan yet still living as a native, he mystified visiting dignitaries and found a ready audience for the tales of his adventurous past. But one mystery he certainly took to the grave: the whereabouts of his accumulated fortune has still to be discovered.

Using much original material, including newly discovered papers by Gardner himself, renowned historian John Keay will take us from the American West to the Asian East to unravel the greatest enigma in the history of travel.

Author of over 25 books and regularly contributor to a number of prominent publications in Britain and Asia. He began his career with The Economist as a political correspondent, and was a contributor to BBC radio.

Keay is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society & the Royal Literary Fund, and he has received several major honors including the Sir Percy Sykes Memorial Medal of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs. He read Modern History at Magdalen College, Oxford, and now lives in Argyll in the West Highlands of Scotland while traveling widely.

https://explorers.org/…/public_lecture_series_with_john_keay

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ASF Autumn Calendar of Events

SEPTEMBER CALENDAR

Thursday 20th September - Washington DC

The Spirit of Conservation

Republic Restoratives Distillery ,

1369 New York Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20002

6.30pm Ambassadors Reception   7pm Main Event -

in support of the critically endangered Scottish freshwater mussel.  

Reservation & ways to be involved HERE

 Tuesday 25th September – New York

Historic Scottish Gardens & Scots Influence on the Early Gardens of New York

The Arsenal Central Park, 64th Street & Fifth Avenue, NYC 

6pm Talk  – followed by Wine & Cheese up on the Arsenal Rooftop Garden

Guest Speakers:

Chris Wadle, National Trust for Scotland’s Garden and Designed Landscape Manager for Aberdeenshire and Angus. Chris’ will update us on the restoration of the Robert Burns cottage garden and give us insight into the restoration of the National Trust for Scotland’s Gardens.

John Kinnear,  Architect, Author and Historian, President of the American Friends of the Georgian Group. Noted for his work in historical preservation,  will speak to the influence of Scots on the early gardens of the United States including Alexander Hamilton home The Grange, and the heather gardens at Fort Tryon Park. 

On Line Reservations:

Member tickets (ASF, NTSUSA, Burns Society) $45

Non Members $55

Not yet a Member of the ASF - Join NOW and attend this event as our Guest. Membership Link HERE

OCTOBER:

19th – 21st October – Kilgour Centre, Troy, Michigan

Scottish NA Leadership Conference

MASTER SNALC

Join us and add your voice to the conversation.

TRANSFERRING OUR SCOTTISH HERITAGE TO THE NEXT GENERATION THROUGH MUSIC, ARTS & CULTURE

NOVEMBER: 

Friday 9th November – New York

The ASF Wallace Awards Celebration

honoring Sir Moir Lockhead & Andy Scott

For ways to be involved from Attending, to Donating to the Silent Auction or placing a message in the Journal, click here - or call the ASF Office directly.

HIGHLAND GAMES AROUND THE USA IN THE WEEKS AHEAD: 

14th – 16th September, Scotfest Oklahoma

Tulsa, OK       www.okscotfest.com 

 21 st – 23rd September, New Hampshire Highland Games

Loon Mountain, NH   www.nhscot.org 

22nd – 23rd September, Ligonier Highland Games

Altoona, PA    www.ligonierhighlandgames.org 

28th – 30th September Celtic Classic Highland Games & Festival

Bethlehem, PA     www.celticfest.org 

28th – 29th September, St. Louis Scottish Games & Cultural Festival

Chesterfield, MO  www.stlouis-scottishgames.com 

28th – 29th September, Dandridge Scots-Irish Festival

Jefferson, TN     www.scots-irish.com

TO KEEP UP TO DATE ON ALL ASF EVENTS, please visit our website at www.americanscottishfoundation.org

ADDITIONAL WAYS TO SUPPORT THROUGH MEMBERSHIP OR DONATIONS:

If you are not yet a Member of the American-Scottish Foundation we invite you to join and take advantage of our Membership.

Click here to join as an Individual or Corporate Member

If you would like to make a donation to the Foundation in support of our Heritage, Arts and Culture programming, opportunities are noted HERE.

Have you tried the ASF Harney & Sons Scottish Morn or Scottish Afternoon Teas?A percentage from each purchase of these two special teas goes towards supporting the ongoing work of the ASF. To order one of our great brews order directly from Harney & Sons HERE