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The Family Tree - April/May 2006
Tartan compliments Albuquerque Tricentennial


By: H. William Hart, NM State Tartan Day Chairman

It was only a matter of time that the largest city in New Mexico would have a tartan.  Stepping forward was longtime Albuquerque resident, Ralph L. Stevenson, Jr., who has provided a lot of firsts for the Celtic community, first “Scottish Day” at NM’s State Fair, first bagpipe and drum seminar (John Higgins, instructor), designing of the State of New Mexico Tartan and more. These “projects” were mostly out of pocket as they were primarily of the quest to define his heritage.

When Albuquerque’s Tricentennial committee started making headway to get the community to take part in the celebration, Stevenson made contact with Charles Hargis who had an online Celtic shop.  Hargis studied tartans and their connection to clans and military units.  Together they collaborated with colors and thread count to create the Albuquerque Tartan

On Saint Andrew’s Day, November 30, 2005, the final draft of the tartan was registered with the Scottish Tartans Authority.  On St. David’s Day, March 1, 2006, at a Tricentennial committee meeting, led by Clan Galbraith’s Jerry Giest and attended by sixty or more persons, the Albuquerque Tartan was unveiled to committee officials and the public for the first time.  It was accepted and surrendered to The Albuquerque Museum for display and historical preservation.

                                  ALBUQUERQUE TARTAN LEGEND

Blue – For the Encompassing Sky
Green – For the Rio Grande Bosque
Red – For the Original Cultural Providers
White – For the Bright Future of Albuquerque

Happy Birthday Albuquerque – the Quest Goes On!

Any questions about the tartan you may contact:  abqtartan@yahoo.com


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