Seallam! Update May 2014

Seallam! News 2014

As the new tourist season gets under way, we have had a good start with Easter being extended over four weeks because of staggered school holidays. Overseas visitors just do not stop all year and already we have had people from North America, Hong Kong, Australia, France, New Zealand, Spain, Italy, Israel, Sweden, to mention but a few.
We hope to have the new exhibition for 2014, Harris Emigrants, finished for the beginning of June. On Wednesday 16th July we will host a lecture by Bruce MacLennan, Clan Genealogist from Australia, following the MacLennan Clan Gathering in Inverness. Bruce will talk about their progress to record the MacLennan Clan Genealogies from all over the world and will welcome information about MacLennans. People with an interest can get in touch with Seallam!.
In July we have the annual Hebridean Celtic event and this year we have a visit from the Louisiana Cajun Band, The Magnolia Sisters, on Thursday 17th July. Early booking is advisable for this event.
Stephen MacKinnon   will be employed from June 2014 under the ScotGrad programme working on a cataloguing project. We are happy to have Stephen back with us again for his third summer at Seallam!.
Meanwhile Vonette Howe and Bill Lawson carry on with the creation and scanning of the family sheets and notes for inclusion on the website www.hebridespeople.com with the funding coming from LEADER Innse Gall and HIE as well as Northton Heritage Trust.
Last week Chris Lawson met with the students at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig who are doing the Sloinntearachd module at UHI, which she is involved in teaching, and Bill delivered a lecture to the college on Emigration from the Western Isles 1750 to 1920. This lecture was delivered to the Gaelic Society of Inverness last October and the lecture is available on their website.
We welcome local visitors as well as tourists at Seallam! and we look forward  to seeing you over the summer.