On April 25-27, 2008, the Sumter County Museum will hold the 8th annual Scottish Country Fair and Celtic Festival to celebrate the Scots-Irish settlers and heritage in the Sumter County area. The Fair features Highland games, music, dance, and food. A Celtic Lecture Tent, new in 2008, will feature presentations by scholars on Scottish history and culture. SC Humanities sponsored the Celtic Lecture Tent through a Mini Grant in March 2008.
The Celtic Lecture Tent will offer lectures by four humanities scholars. Dr. Ed Miller, a native of Edinburgh, will speak on "The Images of Edinburgh and Glasgow in Literature and Song." Dr. Patrick Scott, Professor of English and Director of Special Collections at the Thomas Cooper Library at the University of South Carolina, will speak on "Robert Burns." Frank Shaw will lecture on "Sir Walter Scott," and Carl McIntosh, Assitant Dean for University Advancement at USC Sumter, will lecture on "Whiskey and its Place in Scottish History and Culture."
Admission to the Scottish Country Fair and Celtic Festival will allow entrance into the Celtic Lecture Tent. For more information about the weekend events or about the Celtic Lecture Tent, please see the Web site at http://www.freewebs.com/sumterscottishfair/index.htm or contact the Sumter County Museum at 803-775-0908. For more information about the Grants Program of SC Humanities, please contact Theresa Wallace at 803-771-2477.