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Free admission for all those wearing tartan on Sunday, April 4!

Celebrate Tartan Day at the McCord Museum with The Scots — Dyed-in-the-Wool Montrealers

Montreal, Friday, March 26, 2004 — The McCord Museum is offering free admission to its major exhibition The Scots — Dyed-in-the-Wool Montrealers on Sunday, April 4, to all those wearing tartan. This special promotion comes two days in advance of the province of Quebec's first official Tartan Day. All things tartan or plaid qualify visitors for free admission, including kilts, ties, scarfs, umbrellas and even boxer shorts!

The Scots — Dyed-in-the-Wool Montrealers explores the important role played by Scottish immigrants and their descendants in the development of the metropolis, the province and the country — one that involved a lot more than just bagpipes, whisky and tartan! Learn the intricacies of this cultural community's unique religious traditions and ethnic associations, their military service and business acumen, and of course, the ever-important rituals of curling and golf, both of which originated in Scotland. Even those acquainted with Scottish Montreal are sure to learn something new in an exhibition resplendent with art, artifacts and intriguing historical anecdotes. With more than 250 objects, The Scots — Dyed-in-the-Wool Montrealers is a veritable Scottish feast for the eyes, ears and mind.

What is Tartan Day?
In December 2003, the National Assembly passed an Act proclaiming April 6 of each year to be Tartan Day in Quebec. The Act recognizes that Scottish immigrants first settled here over 400 years ago, making the Scots one of the founding peoples of Quebec, and also notes the significant contribution the Scottish community has made to the economic, social and cultural development of the province. April 6 was chosen for its historic link to Scottish independence in the year 1320, and tartan because it is a Scottish symbol recognized worldwide. April 6 has been proclaimed Tartan Day by governments across North America.

In the Footsteps of the Scots
McCord visitors can also explore Montreal's Scottish heritage through a two hour-long walking tour of the city's 19th-century Golden Square Mile, offered every Sunday in April at 1:30 pm ($12; not included with free admission on April 4). For information and reservations, call (514) 398-7100, ext. 222.

The exhibition The Scots — Dyed-in-the-Wool Montrealers is on view at the McCord Museum (690 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal) until September 6, 2004.

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Source and Information:
Nike Langevin
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