"Ceud Mile Failte!"
("a Hundred Thousand Welcomes")
The Society was founded in 1961 with the aim of promoting an interest in Scottish culture, scholarship, and fellowship amongst Scots, and Scottish Americans in New Mexico. We are a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that not only celebrates all things Scottish, but works with many organizations to better the communities we live in. We welcome your involvement in the Society and we encourage you to explore our website, learn more about us, drop us a line, read the latest issue of the Thistle Epistle - our quarterly magazine, and even join the society.
St. Andrew Societies were originally organized during the period of the Scottish Immigration of the 19th Century, in order to assist Scots settling in their new country by supporting cultural activities. Today promotion of the Scottish and Celtic cultures continues, through the efforts of our members.
The St Andrew Scottish Society of New Mexico (SASSNM) starts the New Year with a traditional "Hogmanay" encluding the traditional "First Footer". Then comes the traditional Robbie Burns Dinner. During the dinner there will of course be the many traditional moments of entertainment which you have come to enjoy over the years, such as: Ode to the Haggis, Toast to the Lads and Lassies, Immortal Memory, Toasts to the Rulers of our Lands, etc. The Host Band, with the Guest Band, playing rousing tunes throughout the evening.
And through the year we have Celtic Movie Nights. Celtic Family Picnics, not only for the members and friends, but for the "Wee Ones" encluding Celtic Games designed for children. We also support the; "Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival and Highland Games" held in the month of May, in Albuquerque.
We also work closely with our "Celtic" neighbors; through the IAS (Irish American Society) and the Welsh Society. The SASSNM also has and supports our on-line shop "Ye Olde Shire Shoppe A'Gleann" and a "Genealogy 101", where you can learn of your Family and Clan History; at www.shireshoppe.com .
So, come and join the fun; as a friend or through a Membership, and really enjoy what the SASSNM has to offer. Visit the sites often, as they change monthly.