An Open Letter
to Scottish-Americans in
Maryland (and interested others!):
A new initiative is underway in
Maryland, seeking adoption of an official MARYLAND STATE
We need your help!
In order to present a strong proposal to the Maryland General
Assembly, we are currently collecting signatures on a petition of
support for the project. Please share information about the project
with the members of any Scottish-American, historical, or other
organization with which you are affiliated, as well as other
interested individuals, and encourage them to sign the petition --
especially those who reside, work, or attend an educational
institution in Maryland.
There are two ways to
sign the petition:
Print out a petition
form, accessed by clicking a link at the Maryland State Tartan
Project web site, www.MDtartan.us. It
would be much appreciated if the leadership of local organizations,
or local chapters of national organizations, would make the petition
available to members at events and gatherings. Return completed
petition forms by postal mail to: Maryland State Tartan Project, PO
Box 25, Woodsboro, MD 21798.
Individuals may also
sign the petition by email, by sending a message including name
and address to
support@MDtartan.us(please make MD tartan the subject), or by
sending a postcard or letter to the projects postal address:
Maryland State Tartan Project, PO Box 25, Woodsboro, MD 21798.
printers will not do justice to the colors of the tartan, so
whenever possible, please encourage supporters of the project to
view the full-scale image of the tartan at the web site!
We are hoping to
attract a legislative sponsor to introduce a bill to adopt the
tartan as our official state tartan in time for the 2004 centennial
of the Maryland state flag. Based on the arms of the first Lord
Baltimore, colonial proprietor of Maryland, the Maryland flag has
often been described as the perfect state flag, with its bold colors,
interesting patterns, and correct heraldry. We have endeavored to
bring the same vibrancy and historical relevance to the design of
the proposed Maryland state tartan. The designer, Cynthia Balfour-Traill,
is a registered tartan designer, a member of the Scottish Tartans
Authority, and a lifelong Maryland citizen of Scottish descent.
Cyndi and her husband are members of the St. Andrews Society of
Mid-Maryland, Clans of Scotland USA, and the Clan MacDuff Society of
Thank you for your help in promoting
the Maryland State Tartan Project!
Le deagh dhurachd (With best wishes
in Scottish Gaelic),
Alan Wildberger and Cynthia Balfour-Traill
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