Are Scottish Highland immigrants, communities and historical events remembered in your local area? How are they commemorated, situated and interpreted in your local landscape or public built environment? With road signs, building plaques, statues, monuments or other kinds of memorials? Or are there gaping holes in the community memory of the Gaelic immigrant legacy?
GaelicUSA is initiating a “crowd-sourced” project to collect material from people around the United States about how the story of Scottish Gaels as an ethnic group and as individuals are memorialized in public spaces in our communities. We will assemble a digital exhibition, available online, from these materials as they come in.
Here’s what we’ll need from you if you’d like to contribute to this initiative:
- The URL to an image you’ve created of the monument, road sign, etc. We just want the online location of the image, not the image itself. You’ll need to store it somewhere online where it will reside permanently, whether that be Flicker, DropBox, Apple iCloud, Google Photos, or any other online storage option.
- The name of the city / location where the item is and the two-letter abbreviation of the state.
- Details about what the item commemorates: Is it a person? Who is it? Is it the founding of a community? Who were they? Is it an historical event? What and when was it?
- Any short comment or observation of your own that you wish to make about the place or memorial.
- Your name (or you can remain anonymous, if you prefer).
Please email your information to: skyemciver <at> gmail <dot> com
IMPORTANT: Please make sure that the community or individual commemorated is a Scottish Highlander or has a relevant connection to this heritage. This project won’t be dealing with the heritage of Scotch-Irish or Scottish Lowlanders. It is, furthermore, about public memorials and structures, and can’t include tombstones or artifacts in private areas.
Keep your eyes on this space!