The Scots in St. Louis Speaker Series - Mr. Larry Franke

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Center of Clayton

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 third and final speaker is Mr. Larry Franke from the St. Louis County Library system where he serves as a Reference Librarian in the History and Genealogy Department at St. Louis County Library Headquarters. Mr. Franke assists patrons with their genealogical and historical research, and teaches genealogy classes. He received a BA in French and English from Harding University and an MA in Library Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Before working at St. Louis County Library, he taught English as a Second Language to refugees and immigrants for many years. Mr. Franke will talk about how to begin genealogical research and what Scottish resources are available.

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Center of Clayton

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Clayton, MO 63105

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