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The Scots in St. Louis Speaker Series - Dr. Jim McLaren

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50 Gay Ave

Clayton, MO 63105

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Did you know that the first governor of Missouri, Alexander McNair, was Scottish? Or that a national Scottish fraternity, the Order of Scottish Clans, was established in St. Louis? If you love history and Scottish culture, the Scottish St. Andrew Society of Greater St. Louis is proud to bring you a new educational program on the history of Scots in Missouri. Missouri has a long history of different ethnic groups leaving their mark on the state. The Scottish were no exception as they migrated west to build communities, embark on business ventures, conduct agriculture, and become public servants. Today, over half a million Missourians identify as Scottish-American who acknowledge their ancestral heritage.

This program is funded through a grant awarded by the Missouri Humanities Council, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The MHC is the only statewide agency in Missouri devoted exclusively to humanities education for citizens of all ages. It has served as a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities since 1971.

Sessions will take place at the Center of Clayton at 50 Gay Ave in Clayton MO. This event is free and open to the public. Please reserve a ticket so that we can accurately track attendance.

Our second speaker is Dr. Jim McLaren. Dr. McLaren is the founder and president of Strathkirn Inc., a consulting firm focused on biotechnology and other new technologies in the agriculture industry. Originally from East Lothian, Scotland, he obtained his B.Sc. in Agriculture from the University of Aberdeen and his Ph.D. in Plant Physiology from the University of Nottingham. Before founding Strathkirn, Dr. McLaren held various positions with Monsanto in Belgium before moving to St. Louis, where he managed significant research programs and subsequently led global product development projects.

In addition to affiliations with an extensive range of business and other special interest groups, Dr. McLaren was a key co-founder of the St Louis Scottish Games in 2000 and was Chairman of the Board. He is also a previous President of the Scottish St Andrew Society of Greater St. Louis. He will talk about the modern experiences of Scots living around the world and how the Diaspora has affected Scottish culture.


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