At his request, the Board met on July 21st with Dr Duncan Sim, a Reader in Sociology, of the University of the West of Scotland in Perth.
This was a research visit as Dr Sims is continuing work following publication of his 2011 book - American Scots: The Scottish Diaspora and the USA. A grand evening was enjoyed as we talked of what the Society does, how relationships with Scotland are viewed, and how the Scottish Government can strengthen ties with Scots worldwide.
Sim’s interest lies in study of how Scots who came to America maintain a degree of Scottish identity whether their connection is a long distant immigrant or a recent arrival. To some extent this can be seen in those who love Burns Dinners and Tartan events while others only are interested in a good Scottish band at a contemporary music festival.
For the Society, a number of program areas were identified to develop in the future. For example, this website now has a link to VisitScotland – the government’s official tourist portal.