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The Family Tree - April/May 2005
Adams Award

The Indiana and Kentucky Divisions of the United States Branch of the House of Gordon, a Scottish Highland Clan, are proud to announce that Carson Clay Smith, FSA Scot, of Indianapolis, Indiana has been named to receive the Allen M. Adams Award for 2004.  The Adams Award is presented annually to a organization, group, or individual for their outstanding effort with regard to public education in the fields of Scottish Culture and History.  Mr. Smith is a charter life member of the Scottish Society of Indianapolis and a member of the Scottish Society of Greater Bloomington, the Caledonian Society of Cincinnati, the Scottish Society of Louisville, and the Council of Scottish Clans and Associations.  He has served as President of the Scottish Society of Indianapolis for the years of 1991-1992 and 2000 thru 2004.  Carson graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts in 1977 where he majored in Religious Studies and minored in Sociology.  Carson is a fellow with the Royal Museum’s Society of Antiquaries for Scotland, past President of the Indiana Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, and a Master Mason.  Carson lists himself as a descendent of Clans Chattan, MacPherson, Mackintosh, MacNicol, and MacRae.  He is a published author whose works include: The History of the Scottish Society of Indianapolis, The Biography of Thomas H. (Tommy) Thompson, The History of the Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan, The Table Grace of the Scottish Society of Indianapolis, as well as having pieces published in USA Today, Human Events, The Indianapolis Star, The Indianapolis News, Citizen Magazine, the Christian Advocate, NUVO Newsweekly, and is a regular contributor to AM Radio programs.  A 1972 Indiana State Champion in Track and Field, Mr. Smith and his wife Patty are both competitive long distance runners.  Carson has also served as Coach for the Special Olympics Team for Mentally Retarded Children and is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who in Finance and Industry. 

Established in 1997, the Adams award is named for the philanthropist Allan M. Adams, a publisher, entrepreneur, and a decorated U.S. Naval Aviator with service in the Pacific theater during W.W.II, who until his death actively encouraged people to investigate their heritage and culture.  Mr. Adams was often heard telling young people that the only way to truly succeed in the future was to have a firm understanding of their past.  Nominations for the Adams Award are submitted by the members of the Indiana and Kentucky Divisions of the House of Gordon and the previous winners of the award.  The active members and prior winners then submit ballots with their vote to the State Convener for tabulation.  The winner is presented the award during the opening ceremonies of the Glasgow Highland Games, which are held the first weekend after Memorial Day at Barren River State Resort Park in Lucas, KY.

Kevin M. Spencer, FSA Scot
State Convener, House of Gordon     
220 S. Lakeview Drive
Petersburg, IN 47567-8856
812-354-3700 fax

Glasgow Highland Games, Inc.
119 East Main Street
Glasgow, KY 42141
270-651-9090 fax  

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