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Announcements

FEBRUARY 7th BOARD ELECTIONS

Will be held at 10 AM at the splendiforous home of Bruce and Julie Yoder, 4736 12th AV S, in Minneapolis. Corcorcan Rec Center is now closed on Saturdays and we were unable to get a room at Lake Hiawatha.

Up for election are:

      1.   Vice President. The incumbent is not running for re-election.
      2.   Quartermaster: The incumbent has not decided whether he will run for re-election.
      3.   Secretary: The incumbent is not running for re-election. One other member has announced her candidacy.
      4.   Company Rep: The incumbent is not running for re-election.

The duties of each board position are as follows:

a. The President shall see that all Clann Council members, camp, or company officers and committee chairs carry out their duties and responsibilities as described in the Bylaws and General Regulations, ensure that they make and distribute plans for Clann activities that carry out the purpose, function, and responsibilities of the regiment, and preside over regimental elections.

b. The Vice President shall coordinate recruitment for the corporation and companies of the Clann regiment, see that members receive guidance and assistance through their mustering, and keep appropriate records of the membership status. The Vice President shall also serve as President in the President's absence.

c. The Secretary shall keep the Clann census up-to-date, publish the Clann newsletter and keep regimental records. The Secretary shall keep the minutes of Clann meetings

d. The Treasurer shall receive funds collected as activity payments, expense fees, grants, donations and all other moneys given to, or received by the corporation, and shall disburse funds for activity, or project expenses as budgeted and approved.

e. The Quartermaster shall recommend and approve equipment, vendors, sources or materials for corporate use and issue corporate stores, and shall inspect the "unsworn" for compliance with requirements for mustering.

f. The At Large Camp Representative shall represent camp concerns to the Board of Directors.

g. The At Large Company Representative shall represent company concerns to the Board of Directors.

Who is eligible to vote? Just like the Staff elections—Anyone who is a paid member and is recognized by at least one member of the Staff and one member of the Board can vote. There will be absentee ballots, but they won't be anonymous – we need to verify you are a current member, so your name will have to be on it. Better still, attend the Quarterly members meeting and vote in person!

How do I find out more information? There are a few ways – the manual is one of them, the best way is to talk to a current or former Board person and find out what is involved. All your Board members are listed in the newsletter.

How do I get nominated? There are a few ways – have a friend of yours nominate you by sending information to Glenn McDavid, the Secretary (who is not running for reelection), nominate yourself the same way, show up at the meeting and toss your ring into the hat, or don't show up have your friends nominate you… Just kidding – you have to agree to run to be voted in.

How much time is involved? There are monthly Board meetings of 1-2 hours duration, plus additional time for the specific responsibilities of each position!

What if I have a question you didn't answer? Call, email or write, or show up at the meeting and ask - that's the best way!

What if I cannot attend? You send an absentee ballot by e-mail or U.S. Mail to Glenn McDavid, Clann Tartan Secretary. Please note that we cannot accept proxy ballots.

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Give Us Shelter!!!

Our good friend Jim, who has been so kind as to rent his garage to us for the past umpty-many years, will no longer be able to do so. He has need for it, and has asked us to get out by March.

We therefore stand in urgent need of cheap storage for our trailer and kit.

We ask each member, please, to ask around about a garage-sized space that might be for rent. It needs to be reasonably reachable from the central Metro, where most of our members live. If you come across anything plausible, please email Bruce Yoder (bruceyoder@juno.com) or call him at 612-825-4519.

Thank you.

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Come and join the fun at A Scottish Ramble!

Held at the Landmark Center in St. Paul, Ramble is a great recruitment opportunity for the organization, as we do a number of different demonstrations—and these folks have a definite interest in all things Scottish! Parking is relatively easy to come by, provided you want to pay for it, but if you're willing to hunt, street parking can occasionally be found. Bring your stories, bring your crafts; your staff will bring the pikes. We will be fed for this show, so bring your period eating utensils, too!

Dates are February 14th, 10:00 to 5:00; and 15th, noon to 5:00. Cast call is at 9:00 and 11:00 respectively. There is a ceremony at noon on Sunday; it is particularly important to have a good contingent available for that.

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Come Join the Indoor Big Island Fun! Feb. 14-15, Albert Lea

A great day-trip show, the Big Island Festival, indoors, is a great opportunity to spread the word about the Big Island fall show and also build up some reputation between the Regiment and one of our favorite shows. This is primarily a trade fair, so remember to bring something for the Sutler's table and your wallet! Quite a few of the vendors from Big Island have historically shown up, so it's a great chance to get the pulse of the fall camp before the show starts. Please also remember, there is no food or housing provided at this show—but there are lots of eateries close by (try the Mexican place—it comes recommended) and it's not so far that you cannot day trip it.

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Fargo Moorhead Parks Celtic Festival

Clann Tartan will be sending a contingent of members to once more present at the Fargo Morehead Parks Departments annual Celtic Heritage Festival. We had a great time last year, and hope to again this year. The event is at the museum in Morehead, and Lisa will the organizing this event. Please RSVP to her!

WHERE: Hjemkomst Center, 202 first Av N Moorhead MN
WHEN: March 14, 10AM to 4PM
TYPE: Indoor, non camping
WEBSITE: http://www.fargoparks.com/se_celticfest.html

This event will require getting a hotel room. We are still negotiating a discounted hotel room rate, so when Lisa has that information, she will provide it to members who will be attending. Clann Tartan will only be providing snacks for this event as meals are provided by the parks department. (one meal per member).

Please contact Lisa Gillstrom with RSVP. anstice_demalkuth@yahoo.com or 612-986-8511

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Road Trip

Clann has an on-again, off-again tradition of biennial major trips. Two years ago, the planned trip to Philadelphia got cancelled. But four years ago, ten members went to Philadelphia for a Seige of Stralsund reenactment. They participated with many other groups from up and down the east coast. The event was staged in Fort Mifflin, a French and Indian era fort that is walled similarly to a 17th c European town. The participants also took in some sightseeing in historic Philadelphia. In prior years the group has gone to Maryland and Virginia for other battle reenactments.

One proposal for a future trip was to head south to meet with a group from Texas. Lisa Gillstrom McCanna has the details on the Texas group. This is only one possibility, if you know of other likely events that should be considered, please get the details, including dates and location to staff. staff@clanntartan.org Staff needs to get any proposals so they can decide on feasibility and worth before bringing it to the board. The board then needs to decide on the financial aspect. Please get any ideas to staff as soon as possible, be sure to include as much pertinent information as is available.

Bruce

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Discover the Manual

A lot of valuable information is in the current Clann Tartan Manual.

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A proposed procedure for disputes of historical fact

The Board feels the need to stipulate a procedure for resolving disputes of historical fact. A possible outline for this procedure is as follows:

In the event of dispute, invite the person you disagree with to get together and study the evidence; this is the civilized thing to do. Possibly copy the camp and company reps at this time. The other person has ten days to respond and schedule a date. At this point, *both* parties are to refrain from discussing the issue with the public, as it is officially disputed.

If the challenged party does not respond or the meeting cannot be scheduled, issue a formal challenge. At a time X days from the challenge, papers are due from both parties, each stating their position *and giving references and citations.* The issue is still disputed and still must not be discussed with the public.

If a member misses the deadline for the papers, the *other* member is held to prevail and that side of the issue will be presented to Clann and the public. If the late person presents good reason a later filing can be negotiated.

The judges will consist of the camp rep, the company rep, and a qualified person not associated with Col. Gaffney's. After the panel has judged, the prevailing position shall be taught or, if the evidence is not strong enough for either position to prevail, we shall teach that the evidence is unclear and we are not sure of the facts.

We are an educational organization. We strive to continually improve our grasp of historical fact as supported by the best available evidence. Often, we don't have enough evidence, but when we do, evidence must prevail.

Members are encouraged to think about this issue; we will discuss it at the Members' Meeting.

Mia McDavid

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GAFFNEY'S SUTLER SEEKS WARES

Our sutler, Heidi Viar, is looking for items made by members to sell at her table. We hope that, by offering a variety of interesting wares, we can encourage the public to stop, peruse, and purchase. If you are interesting in selling your spinning, knit caps or stockings, beadwork, bonework, woodwork, we will display them, watch them, accept money for them, and accept a 10% cut for Clann.

You can either bring your goods to Heidi at events, or entrust them to her beforehand. We ask that items be small and not terribly fragile if Heidi is to transport them.

Thank you for your support of Clann Tartan.

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Wanted!

Submissions for the Newsletter!
Items you can submit include research articles, character sketches, and other items pertaining to living history and Scottish Culture. Email your items in either plain text, or MS Word format to newsletter@clanntartan.org or snail mail to our postal address.
Items must be received by the 15th of each month to be considered for inclusion for the upcoming months issue. Mailed submissions will not be returned unless requested. All pertinent submissions will be considered as space permits. All research articles must reference at least three sources. Submissions are NOT edited for spelling or grammar, but may be broken in multiple parts.

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Board Minutes

Clann Tartan Board and Membership Meeting, November 1, 2008

Board Members Present: Julie Yoder, Bruce Yoder, Glenn McDavid, Cate Hesser, Sean McCanna, Marty Byers , Betsy Bolton

Staff Present: Mia McDavid, Lisa Gillstrom McCanna, John Debnam

Other members present: Hellen Ferguson, Mark Hansen, Margaret Kirkpatrick, Ann Peters, Karen Bastien, Mike McCarty, Sarah Shaftman

Started at 1:10 PM.

Minutes of October meeting accepted as presented.

Reports

VP: Nothing new.

Secretary: Nothing new.

Treasurer: A lot of activity in October. Both income and expenses and expenses from shows. Caught up on some trailer haulage expenses. We have paid for the new pike heads.

We have not yet been paid for the Ren Faire show (August). Some expenses are still not paid, e.g. web hosting and John O'Duggan's musket repair.

Our current net deficit is $902, while we had budgeted $1467. There is not much left in the fiscal year (the only show is Ramble), so our final deficit should be be lower than budgeted.

The income and expense by show report is informative. We spent about $900 on training events (muster, Johndevous, and Tactical) which had expenses but no income. The revenue from the other shows must not only cover their own costs, but also this training expense and insurance.

Julie pointed out that despite the substantial income, when all expenses were considered Perham was a net loss. This information could be useful for contract negotiations.

The membership was reminded that the information on this report is confidential to Clann Tartan and should not be shown to outsiders

Quartermaster: We need another tire for the trailer. We also need to replace some cast iron pots. This may count as a camp(staff) expense.

Camp and Company Reps: Nothing to report.

The president reminded the membership of the function of the reps, and that members should talk to them first about any appropriate issues.

Music Guild: Going well. Singing in three languages. Everybody welcome

Dance Guild: Doing well. New people are showing up. Everybody welcome.

Fiber Guild: Jen McDermott will be hosting meetings.

Sword Guild: Marty has to resign as swordmaster for reasons of health. Anyone interested in that position should see him

Historic Site: We had a great year. The village is well under way. Nothing more will happen in 2008—this is Duluth.

Upcoming events

First Footing: Staff will coordinate this event.

Board Elections: Julie will contact the Lake Hiawatha Rec Center Office about space on February 1. Up for election are:

  1. Vice President. The incumbent is not running for re-election.
  2. Quartermaster: The incumbent has not decided whether he will run for re-election.
  3. Secretary: The incumbent is not running for re-election. One other member has announced her candidacy.
  4. Company Rep: The incumbent is not running for re-election.

Laura asked where she could get more information about the positions. They are described in the Bylaws section of the Manual, a copy of which is on-line at the new web site. David suggested that a link to the on-line version of the Manual be included in the Newsletter. This has been done.

Scottish Ramble: Feb. 14-15.

Albert Lea Fair: Also Feb. 14-15.

Old Business

The new web site: Communications is the main open issue. The current site's e-mail system is old and unsupported. There are issues about Bulletin Boards and/or e-mail. It would be good to be able to thread messages. Cate moved that we form an E-comm discussion committee to meet on these issues: Betsy, Mike McCarty, Mike and Faith Eastling, Lisa Gillstrom McCanna, Julie, Cate, and John Debnam indicated a willingness to participate.

Dispute Resolution Process: No feedback on the Newsletter article has been received. The issue was tabled until the February Meeting.

New Business

Numbers: Marty presented some history. When he joined in 1998 there were about 75 members at Big Island. There were about 40 soldiers. Every Clann weapon was in use and some private ones as well. Every member was expected to work 4 hours per day for Clann.

Our current numbers are way down. We need to get everybody more involved in recruiting. We need to have everybody in character continuously during show hours. We need to get the crowd more involved in what we do.

We need to look at what we do and how we can do it better. It would be good to bave 50 active members. In particular, we need more and better drilled soldiers. Our numbers and skill levels are both down.

Elections

We needed to fill the position of Chief of Staff per the normal rotation, and the positions of Captain and HCF because of unplanned vacancies. Julie emphasized that these are planning and coordinating positions. The Captain and the HCF are not expected to attend every show. At any given show those roles may be delegated to other Clann members, not necessarily staff.

In the past we have had Lieutenants and Assistant HCF's, and distinguished between Corporals and Goodwives. We decided to revive these positions to better focus staff efforts, and added an Assistant Chief of Staff as well.

Mia agreed to run for another two year term as Chief of Staff. She was elected by acclamation. We then turned to the election of other staff. Mia said she needs staff members who will attend meetings regularly. She emphasized the need for communication. Staff members with e-mail will be expected to check it at least every other day.

Julie Yoder was elected Head Camp Follower for one year (filling the remainder of Lisa's term).

Betsy Bolton was elected Captain for one year (filling the remainder of Maeve's term).

Lisa Gillstrom McCanna will be Assistant/Apprentice CoS.

Laura Swenson will be Assistant HCF.

Sean McCanna will be Lieutenant.

Other Staff
CorporalsGoodwives
David VavreckMargaret Kirkpatrick
Bryce EhoAnn Peters
Mike EastlingAnthea Cross

Other business

Awards ceremonies were postoned to the February Meeting.

Next Board Meeting Dec. 16, 7 PM, at Yoders'.

Meeting adjourned at 3:14 PM.

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Clann Tartan Board Meeting, December 16, 2008

Board Members Present: Julie Yoder, Bruce Yoder, Glenn McDavid, Cate Hesser, Sean McCanna, Marty Byers

Staff Present: Mia McDavid

Minutes of the November meeting accepted as corrected.

Reports

VP: Nothing new.

Secretary: Nothing new.

Treasurer: .

Almost nothing happened in November. Most expenses for the year are in. We are still expecting some more trailer haulage from Laura.

We still have not yet been paid for the Ren Faire show (August). Bruce will investigate.

Bruce will get the budget detail from last year and give it to Mia for use in planning the new staff budget.

Quartermaster: Herb has the new pike heads so he can drill holes in them for mounting on the staffs.

Camp and Company Reps: Nothing to report.

Music Guild: Going well.

Dance Guild: Going well.

Fiber Guild: Attendance greater than one person at the last meetings!

Sword Guild: David has taken over. He has lots of ideas.

Historic Site: Nothing new to report. No surprise: This is Duluth.

Upcoming events

Drill:12/27, indoors, courtesy of the USMC.

First Footing: RSVP's coming in. Need more food.

Board Elections: Julie will contact the Lake Hiawatha Rec Center Office about space on February 1.

Scottish Ramble: Feb. 14-15. No new information.

Albert Lea Fair: Also Feb. 14-15.

Old Business

Garage: No leads yet. We still need to move.

New Business

Roster revision. Bruce had proposed deleting some long expired members from the roster. His suggestions were adopted with minor modifications.

An issue came up about one member not receiving her hard-copy newsletter. [Quickly resolved after the meeting.]

Singlesticks: David had submitted a proposal for the purchase of singlesticks as training swords. We need more information, e.g. about the species of wood. Bruce suggested that this go into the normal budgetting process for the February meeting.

Old document review: What to do about the two boxes of old Clann documents that Mary unearthed. We will send out emails and place an article in the newsletter. .

Road trip: What to do about a long-distance trip to an event. If any members are interested in this they should prepare a proposal and present it to the Members' meeting in February. Such a proposal should describe the event, the place, the date, and financial details — What Clann is expected to contribute. A newsletter article will be written to explain this.

Meeting adjourned at 8:20 PM.

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STAFF MINUTES!

Jan, 5, 2009

Clann Tartan minutes. 
Present were Mia, Anthea, Betsy, Julie, MIke Eastling, Annie, and Bruce.

The meeting opened with Mia Mc David asking about what happened to the
paper goods at First footing, as they had disappeared afterwards. It was
suggested that either David Vavreck, or Laura Swenson has them, as David's shop was the last
one stopped at.

The feeling, was that on future First Footings, paper goods need to go with the 
FIRST person to leave, so as to get them to each place. The use of bringing plates,
silverware, etc. from home BY members was also mentioned, as this eliminates
a LOT of bother by the ones hosting the dinners.

RAMBLE/Albert Lea

These shows are on at the SAME time...
Ramble's sponsors, the Coalition of Scottish Clans, has a money crunch.
They asked use to do it in return, for a nice large ad. 
Folks talked and we agreed to do it. 
Shaun, who is going to Albert lea, wanted some pikes.  He also
wanted one musket and a bandolier....The decision was that, there would Be a
musket / bandolier, at both shows. 
Pikes are popular at Ramble, we will take the pikes to Ramble.

Siege of Woodville

Laura Swenson, got publicity out last time .
Ann Peters has done some research, and found quite a bit on the IRISH way of
Celebrating May Day. Shawn spoke up saying 'Irish customs simular to
Highland' to use. She promised to put it 'on text' and send it out.

We can sing Gowans are Gay on Mayday.  We can jump the Beltane fire and have a May queen.

TENT REPAIR. 

Julie says tom the tailor quoted a price of $30 an hour. This is good.
Debate on wheather one of us could handle his machines. With Shawn the
exception, it was decided "no'.

VERY IMPORTANT NEWS. 

We are changing, (due to the person's in charge of newsletter changing)
the dates for subscriptions to newsletter. They MUST BE DONE, by the TWELVTH of the month, 
and sent to staff. If Anouncments are needed, it is best to get them in EARLIER.
Please remember ,THE TWELVTH is the NEW DATE for Articles, etc.!
Lisa will be writing the newsletter up.

Other business 

Anthea suggested some skits for camp. David Vavreck. did
some suggesting too.

Possible skits:
Payday
Arguments about Fancy Clothing
Wife dragging husband to re-enlist
Dance:  Minister's Rant
Dance:  Woodycock skit
Bundle: who's the father?
Peddler: Captain's Small Clothes

We realized we need a few Gaelic phrases to toss around to make it look like a multilingual camp. 
Curses would be good, also some of pike drill.

Budgets were to be brought up. But, as neither Mia's nor Julie's helpers
were at the meeting, it was tabled.
Bruce discussed on match making as a demo, and agreement that it would be good
to practice.
Julie brought some old manuals (Clann's) and some past Job descriptions
for posts.
We've still heard nothing from Charles City. Lisa may contact Perry about
wheather or not it will run.

The meeting was closed. Secretary had to leave.

 

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Board & Staff

If you need to contact someone associated with Clann Tartan, here is where you find out how. If you are unsure who to contact, you can always email us at: info@clanntartan.org

Board Members

President Julie Yoder 612-825-4519 julieyoder@juno.com 2/08-2/10
Vice President Marty Byers 651-483-1173 / 651-261-5815. orthodoxdruid@gmail.com 2/07 - 2/09
Secretary Glenn McDavid 651-490-1842 gmcdavid@comcast.net 2/06 - 2/09
Treasurer Bruce Yoder 612-825-4519 bruceyoder@juno.com 2/08 - 2/10
Quarter Master Sean McCanna 612-532-6984 macbaird@gmail.com 2/07 - 2/09
Camp Rep. Betsy Bolton 612-619-6406 basil80@hotmail.com 2/08-2/10
Company Rep.   Cate Hesser 612-803-8432   bear@cybervalkyrie.com  2/07 - 2/09 

Staff

Chief of Staff Mia McDavid 651-490-1842 mia_mcdavid@comcast.net   
Assistant Chief of Staff Lisa Gilstrom 612-986-8511 anstice_demalkuth@yahoo.com  
Captain Betsy Bolton 612-619-6406 basil80@hotmail.com   
Lieutenant Sean McCanna 952-926-1279 macbaird@lycos.com  
Corporal David Vavreck 612.378.1973 baethan1630@yahoo.com  
Corporal Bryce Eno (715)410-5347 riescenu-golanodel@Hotmail.com  
Corporal Mike Eastling 763-439-9084 & 763-218-0556 Kentairi@gmail.com  
Head Camp Follower Julie Yoder 612-825-4519 julieyoder@juno.com  
Assistant HCF Laura Swenson 715-684-4221 mommyco@baldwin-telecom.net  
Goodwife Ann Peters 612-333-0605 & 612-339-3076 AnnEdyth@aol.com  
Goodwife Margaret Kirkpatrick 612-722-6485 mlkirkpatric@earthlink.net  
Goodwife Anthea Cross 763-257-7038    

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Guilds

Sword Guild:

Meeting and time TBA

Contact:
David Vavreck
baethan1630@yahoo.com
612-378-1973



MUSIC!!!!!!!!!!

We will sing and play music of many styles and places from our period. Bring your voice and/or your instrument(s). Neither need be period correct.

The Yoders have graciously offered to host music once a month. We will meet at their house at 4736 12th Ave S, Minneapolis, from 7 - 9pm the 4th Monday of each month.

To contact the Yoders, call 612-825-4519 or email to Julieyoder@juno.com.

To contact your Music Chair, call David at 612-378-1973 or email to baethan1630@yahoo.com

Thanks, and I look forward to making some noise with y'all!

David

We have a yahoo groups email list for the guild that we use for reminders about the meetings and topical discussions. If you want to be on the email list, request an invitation to join from Bruce at bruceyoder@juno.com.

Dance

1st & 3rd Wednesdays
Dance will meet at Lake Hiawatha Neighborhood Center, 2701 E 44th St Minneapolis.

It is at the corner of 27th Av S and E 44th Street. Both streets are one way. That block of 44th between 28th and 27th Avenues is one way westbound and that block of 27th Av between 44th and 43rd Streets is one way northbound. You must enter turning west onto 44th St from 28th Av and exit from 27th Av onto 43rd St.

Questions? call Mary at 651-699-6853 or Julie at 612-825-4519

2nd & 4th Tuesdays
Saint Christopher's Episcopal Church, 2300 N Hamline Ave. in St. Paul.

It is at the northeast corner of Highway 36 and Hamline Avenue (Hamline is between Snelling and Lexington). The church is actually encircled by the highway entrance ramp.
The Dance Guild gathers weekly from 7PM-9PM to learn and practice historic Scottish country dances.
For more information call:

Mary at 651-699-6853 or Julie at 612-825-4519

It's a great place to meet people!

We have a yahoo groups email list for the guild that we use for reminders about the meetings and topical discussions. If you want to be on the email list, request an invitation to join from Bruce at bruceyoder@juno.com.

Fiber Guild

Those who would like instruction, inspiration, or just to come out and play are welcome at the Jen McDermotts' on the Second Sunday of the month at 2:00 PM, provided there is no conflict with other Clann events. Call Jen (651-238-5427 ), Diana Steben (651-489-2881), and Mia McDavid (651-490-1842) for more information about Fiber Guild activities, including wool spinning, weaving, and dying. Cloth, clothing and sewing as well as things like tatting, lace, knitting and embroidery will also be discussed and worked on. Feel free to bring your projects!
Please RSVP 24 hours or more in advance, to allow for planning, thanks!

Historic Site

Clann Tartan has our own historic site near Duluth MN. Dun Gowan is an ongoing project, which is the site of Gaffneyis Annual Tactical in July. We are finishing the fort and beginning the construction of a village this year. Contact David Vavreck at 612-378-1973 or baethan1630@yahoo.com for further information, or to volunteer to help.

Drill

Hey, everyone! Our stalwart Corporal, Mike Eastling, is also a real-life corporal at Fort Snelling, and has permission to get us into an indoor drill space for December drill!

YAY, MIKE!!!

We can haz muskets! We can haz warm fingers and toes! We can haz young military men watching and maybe we hope participating!!!!!

After this we will drive back to Yoders' to work on costume, character, history, leatherwork, or whatever the mood takes us. Tea, hot chocolate, good company and shared skills. Drill will conclude at 4:00.

This will be so great!!!

Here is what Mike says about the location:

6400 Bloomington road St Paul MN 55111-4002.

From the north, take 35E south to 110 west, merging onto 55 and taking the exit for bloomington road (keep to right lane and you'll hit it easy enough) there's a stop sign at the end of the exit, the historic site straight take a right at the stop sign, golf course will be to the left as you go to the last building on the right.

From the west, take 494 (or 62, depending on preference) from 494 keep to the right following the signs for bloomington road, keep to the right following 5, and you'll reach the same exit as from 110 to bloomington road.

Google the address and it points you right there...GoogleMaps works best so far that I've seen, they're actually accurate for our office.

If you've need of anything better, or want to do a drive through to see go ahead, there's minor security, on the building itself...but when we have drill there, I'll open the bay doors for those to come in w/o worrying about getting locked out or waiting for someone to open the door for them.

Michael

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Living History as Edutainment—Teaching While Entertaining

By Heidi Solberg Viar

The term “edutainment” has come into use in recent years to describe efforts in public history (museums, living history establishments, and so forth) and other disciplines to add elements of entertainment into their educational missions. At living history places such as Indianapolis' Conner Prairie, Detroit's Greenfield Village, Mackinaw City's Fort Michilimackinac, and Milwaukee's Old World Wisconsin, patrons walk through a village or farm that has been extensively researched, with actors playing the parts of villagers, farmers, local artisans and merchants, and the like. Short-term events such as the Big Island Rendezvous, the White Oak Rendezvous, and the Chippewa River Rendezvous also provide patrons a view of the past, though with a shorter window of opportunity. Much of living history involves research of the history involved as well as development of characters based within those historical parameters.

Even more important than that, especially to groups like Col. Gaffneyis Regiment, is the fact that we can give the patron more than just a view into the past; we can allow them, within certain guidelines, to experience what it might have been like to live in the past. Just like a patron can get a feel for pioneer farming by trying to milk a cow by hand at a living history farm, patrons can step into the shoes of a pikeman and be ordered around, or have a hand at spinning a little wool (should there be a spare spindle and bit of wool handy), or put on a breastplate, Monmouth cap, and helm and see just how hard it was to spend a short time in them, let alone days on end. Of course, we cannot allow patrons to participate in everything—firing black powder weaponry, for example, or tasting/cooking food—because of liability constraints. In today's litigious society, that is right and proper. However, some statistics from a course in oral and interpersonal communications brought to light the importance of what we do to the patron's learning, especially that of our younger visitors (think school days).

People Generally Remember (NTL Institute, 2003):

10-20% of what we experience by one sense alone—for example, viewing paintings at an exhibition (without interpretation), listening to a lecture, or reading a book.

20-30% of that which we experience with two senses—seeing and hearing a symphony, watching a movie, or watching a demonstration on video.

30-50% of what we experience with two or three senses—that which we see live, for example, a demonstration of shooting a musket, where you see the gun, listen to the demonstrator, hear the blast at firing, smell the powder, and so forth.

50-70% of what they learn when they give a speech or participate in a discussion (three senses plus their own work in research)

80-95% of what they personally experience by simulation, by doing the real thing, or by teaching something to someone else (four or five senses plus work into building the character/creating the item)

What this means for groups such as Col. Gaffneyis or other living history and re-enactment groups is that by giving the patron a personalized and sensory experience, we ensure that they remember more than if they had sat down with a book about the time period or event portrayed. This places an incredible burden on us, but it also creates an amazing opportunity for us to be both “sage on the stage” and “guide on the side.” In presentations, begging patron participation by asking questions or asking them to do what is reasonable within liability constraints brings them into the presentation and makes them feel somewhat more part of the action. Allowing them to do what is available without any constraints gives them a chance to try something new, and may even draw them in to considering membership. We cannot allow patrons to fire muskets, for example, or to have a taste of the haggis that boils in the pot. However, we do allow patrons to handle pikes large and small, to have a chance at spinning, and go through the sword drill.

While they might remember much of their experience, what they are most likely to remember is that which they could do with their own hands. A young pike recruit will remember being yelled at, so long as it was meant in fun. A future spinner will remember what that spindle felt like, the change in the wool from roving or cloud to single yarn, and the success of spinning a length of yarn, no matter how small. Gentle rejoinders about how clan tartans did not exist as they do today will be remembered the next time they see a gathering of Gordons, Andersons or Donalds in their kilts.

Not only are we members of a group, characters in a historical diorama; we are also teachers, and have been at one point where those patrons are now—curious, promiscuous learners who want to have something new in our intellectual pockets. They seek a boon from us, and we have the willingness and the means (or, The Will and the Way) to give it to them. It is an alternative form of education that allows many to learn new things they never could learn from books.

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Be sure to contact your staff
if you plan on attending a show event. Try to give at least a ten day notice when possible. This allows proper planning for the feeding of our members, and in some cases is required by event organizers to allow entry as a participant.
You can call any of the staff members listed, or send an email to staff@clanntartan.org.

FEBRUARY 2009

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
1
 
2
 
3
 
4
Dance
Lake Hiawatha
Neighborhood Center 
5
 
6
 
7
Board Meeting/Annual Meeting &
Board Elections 
8
Fiber Guild
@ Jen McDermott's
2:00PM 
9
 
10
Dance
Saint Christopher's 
11
 
12
 
13
 
14
Scottish Ramble-Landmark Center St. Paul/
Indoor Big Island Fun!@Albert Lea 
15
Scottish Ramble-Landmark Center St. Paul/
Indoor Big Island Fun!@Albert Lea 
16
 
17
Board Meeting
7:00 at Yoders 
18
Dance
Lake Hiawatha
Neighborhood Center  
19
 
20
Night at the Pub 
21
 
22
 
23
Music@7PM Yoder's Home 
24
Dance
Saint Christopher's 
25
 
26
 
27
 
28
 

MARCH 2009

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
1
 
2
 
3
 
4
Dance
Lake Hiawatha
Neighborhood Center 
5
 
6
 
7
 
8
Fiber Guild
@ Jen McDermott's
2:00PM 
9
 
10
Dance
Saint Christopher's 
11
 
12
 
13
 
14
 
15
 
16
 
17
Board Meeting
7:00 at Yoders 
18
Dance
Lake Hiawatha
Neighborhood Center  
19
 
20
Night at the Pub 
21
 
22
 
23
Music@7PM Yoder's Home 
24
Dance
Saint Christopher's 
25
 
26
 
27
 
28
 
29
 
30
 
31
 

 

Event Schedule:

Hello all,

The following is a list of the dates of the events that are currently on the schedule for this year. The staff has met and decided to keep this running list of events in the newsletter to give you a chance to get an idea of what is going on this season as well as keep you updated to changes in the schedule.

The column titled status will include the following information.

Tentative- this means that an event organizer or Clann has expressed a strong enough interest in doing this event that it warrants reserving space on the calendar for the event.

Pending- this is the next stage of an event. This means that the Contracts Administrator has entered serious discussion about Clann doing an event but we are still not committed to the event. You should however if possible think about whether or not you may be able to attend this event.

Scheduled- this level means that the board and staff have approve the event and we are committed to providing manpower to making the event happen. When an event is assigned this level please let Julie know as soon as possible if you can or can not attend this event.

Canceled- This means that for various reasons an scheduled event has been removed from the current season. We will try and give as much notice as we can prior to canceling an event.

If you have any questions about this, please feel free to contact me regarding this matter

Thanks,
Lisa Gillstrom McCanna

DATE EVENT STATUS
1/1/2009 Airing of the Tartans
1st Footing
Finished
2/14-15/2009 Albert Lea Historical Faire Scheduled
2/14-15/2009 A Scottish Ramble - http://www.scottishramble.org/ Scheduled
3/14/2009 Celtic Fair, Moorhead MN Celtic Festival 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Hjemkomst Center 202 1st Avenue North Moorhead Scheduled
April or May 2009 Charles City Military Hist. Days Tentative
May 9 2009 MN Scottish Fair and HG - http://www.mnscottishfair.org/ Scheduled
June 13-14 2009 Olde World Renaissance Faire (Twig) http://www.owrenaissancefaire.com/ Scheduled

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Maps

1st and 3rd Wednesday Dance
Lake Hiawatha Neighborhood Center
2701 E 44th St., Minneapolis
Map to St. Paul location St. Christopher's- Dance
 
Map to Bruce and Julie Yoder's Home
Music and Board & Staff Meetings

4736 12th Ave S, Minneapolis
Map to Glenn & Mia's home
Hosts for staff meetings

340 Brooks Ave Roseville, MN 
 
Jen McDermott
Host for Fiber Guild

1638 Arlington Ave Saint Paul, MN 55106 

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