THE SCOTTISH STUDIES FOUNDATION is a charitable organization dedicated to actively supporting the Scottish tradition in Canada at the academic level by raising the awareness of the Scottish heritage in Canada through various levels of education. As well as maintaining a Chair of Scottish Studies at the University of Guelph, the Foundation funds academic scholarships in Scotland and Canada, publishes the annual scholarly journal International Review of Scottish Studies and sponsors and organizes Canadian and Scottish conferences and cultural events.
Once again, the crew of the Empire Sandy, Canada's tallest sailing ship, will be hoisting the sails to get the Scottish Studies Foundation's Annual Tall Ship Cruise underway on Sunday, September 4, 2016. Details here.
This year's Fall Colloquium will take place on Saturday, September 17, when we will be commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Scottish Studies Foundation and its relationship with the Guelph Centre for Scottish Studies. We are delighted to have persuaded an impressive lineup of speakers to attend the event. Details here.
The Scottish Studies Foundation has agreed to fund the installation of a digital archive centre at the University of Guelph which will allow its unique collection of rare and unique Scottish books and manuscripts to be digitized and placed online. A start on this has already been made and we have been successful in raising $60,000 of the $150,000 needed. Help us to complete this project by donating here.
Not everyone can get to the University of Guelph's world-class archives in person, so it has begun to digitize its treasures to make them available online by means of a few clicks. Thanks to the generosity of the Scottish Studies Foundation and its donation of $10,000 to the project, the University has been able to get yet more of its collection scanned and available for you to read free of charge. The first books of this latest project are now available to read and there are some real gems which you can browse here. Note that EPUB and Kindle versions of the books can be downloaded. EPUB files can be read on Kobos and many other eReaders to allow for the books to be displayed in large print. More information on the University of Guelph Library's Scottish Collection can be seen here.
We are excited to announce that the Scottish Chapbook Digital Humanities website has been launched! Thanks to funding from the Scottish Studies Foundation, this collaborative project between the University of Guelph Library and Centre for Scottish Studies provides unprecedented free online access to a hidden collection of over 600 chapbooks housed in Archival & Special Collections, as well as essays and exhibits to interpret and contextualize them. (Read more about chapbooks here.)
We were delighted to have radio broadcaster Denis Snowdon as our guest speaker at the "Oor Club" on March 6. You can listen to his talk here. Denis has now arranged for his show, "A Little Breath of Scotland" to be available as a weekly podcast. Details here.
At the Oor Club on March 4, Pearl White teamed up with pianist David Restivo to entertain us with a repertoire of jazz classics. Pearl White is none other than our own Oor Club coordinator, Pearl Grieve-Nixon, originally from the historic Scottish east coast town of Arbroath. Listen to some of her songs here. On Friday, January 8, our 2016 Burns celebrations got off to an early start with a special "Oor Club" lunch at the Duke of York pub in Toronto. Details including a recording of the "Immortal Memory" here.
The next Oor Club talk will be on September 2 and will feature a talk by former Scottish Studies Foundation Director Douglas Gibson who will introduce us to his recently published book Across Canada by Story. Details here.
Scottish Diaspora Tapestry World Tour
Following exhibitions in Victoria, Winnipeg and Wisconsin this summer, the Tapestry will continue on its North American journey and between now and December will be on display in Toronto, Charlottetown, New Glasgow NS and Montreal. Details here.
This new book by Sam Allison is a provocative account of the 78th Fraser's Highlanders and its crucial place in history. It tells the remarkable story of the men of the 78th Fraser's Highlanders as they move from the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion in Scotland, through the Seven Years' War and the American Revolution, to the War of 1812. Details here.
A new initiative:
Scottish Studies Genealogy Research Repository
Dr. James Fraser at the Guelph Centre for Scottish Studies is excited to announce the launch of a major new fundraising initiative. The Repository will be an important research tool for anyone interested in the history of the Scottish Canadian community, be they academic historians, genealogists, research students, population scientists, journalists, heritage workers, writers, or any Canadian proud of their Scottish ancestry and heritage. Details here.
The Sept/Oct 2011 issue of History Scotland featured an article about the Foundation co-authored by SSF Directors, John B. McMillan and David Hunter and includes many other items of particlar interest to Canadians. A transcript is available here.
We have gathered a number of radio programmes that will be of interest to Scottish Studies enthusiasts:
• Photographer Oscar Marzaroli
• The Glencoe Massacre
• The Darien Scheme
• The Scottish Enlightenment
• Scots in the West Indies
• The Battle of Bannockburn
• Sir Walter Scott
• Tribute to the late Bobby Brown
• Scotland's Radical Land Reform
Clan Leslie: A Celebration of 950 years of Leslies in Scottish History, Literature, and Culture, an exhibit co-curated by University of Guelph students in Scottish Studies, Art History, Studio Arts and Library staff, will be on view in cases throughout McLaughlin Library in the Robert Whitelaw Room, Learning Commons, and Archival & Special Collections from August 12 - December 12, 2016. Details here.
On May 13, 2016 we celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Scottish Studies Foundation at our annual Scot of the Year Award event during which we paid tribute to this year's recipient, Canadian author and Nobel Prize winner, Alice Munro. Video taken during the event including the speech give by Author and Publisher Doug Gibson can be seen here.
This new book edited by Janay Nugent and Elizabeth Ewan counters traditional assumptions that young people are peripheral to our understanding of the political, economic, and social contexts of the premodern era. Details here.
Launch of Rural Diary Archive: read, transcribe and enjoy old Scottish-Canadian diaries online. Details here.
Thanks to the initiative of Scottish Studies Foundation Director Doug Ross, the Foundation has sponsored the concept of a "Clan Passport" to be used at various Highland Games. These have been enthusiastically received as you can see here.
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