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The Family Tree - April/May 2005
Tartan Day Ellis Island

News Advisory:

-- Opening of New Exhibit on the Life of Scots-born conservationist, John Muir - "father of the American national parks."

-- Clan Currie Society to observe National Tartan Day at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum through exhibit opening, film screening and announcement of the 2005 National Tartan Day Award recipient.

WHAT: The opening of "The Life and Legacy of John Muir" at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum - part of the annual observance of National Tartan Day on Ellis Island.

WHEN: Friday, April 1, 11:00 a.m.

WHERE: The Ellis Island Immigration Museum, New York


-- Robert Currie, FSA (Scot), Chairman, National Tartan Day on Ellis Island, President, The Clan Currie Society

-- Ms. Patricia Ferguson, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Culture (invited)

-- The Rt. Hon. Leslie Hinds, Lord Provost, City of Edinburgh (invited)

-- The Hon. Michael Bloomberg, Mayor, City of New York (invited)

-- Mr. Peter Lederer, CBE, Chairman, VisitScotland (invited)

National Tartan Day on Ellis Island:

The Clan Currie Society ( will observe National Tartan Day at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum on Friday, April 1, 2005. The Society has produced an exhibit honoring John Muir, the conservationist, author, and environmental activist largely renowned as the "father of America's national parks".  The exhibit is sponsored in part by VisitScotland and will run through May.

John Muir was a powerful voice for the wilderness, and left an indelible mark on the history of the United States, a legacy that continues to this day.  Muir led a life dedicated to exploring, admiring, and preserving the American natural landscape. Wanderer, poet, inventor, accomplished author and political activist, He is best known for his pioneering work in the field of conservation, work that culminated in the establishment of the world's first national park system.

Born in Dunbar, Scotland in 1838, Muir emigrated to the United States at the age of eleven.  A contemporary of Emerson and Thoreau, Muir spent his adult years forging and strengthening an emerging public interest in the preservation of the American wilderness. He authored fourteen books and literally hundreds of articles, each penned with an eloquent reverence for the sublime beauty of the American landscape and a sincere desire to share that love with future generations.

National Tartan Day:

National Tartan Day recognizes the contributions of Scots and Scottish-Americans to the development of the United States. In 1998 the U.S. Senate passed a resolution recognizing April 6 as National Tartan Day in recognition of "the outstanding contribution of millions of Scots-Americans to our great nation." The date commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320, which was an influence on the American Declaration of Independence.

For more information, to request a press release w/photos, or to attend the Opening Ceremonies, please contact Robert Currie at 732-603-5746 or via e-mail at

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