The CHS was founded in Jackson, Mississippi in May 1992, as a 501(c)3 federally tax exempt civic and educational nonprofit organization. Our mission is to study, promote, and preserve Celtic traditions and culture. This includes music, dance, history, language, literature, art and other activities native to Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany, Cornwall, and the Isle of Man. Our largest event of the year is CelticFest Mississippi, which serves as an important vehicle for meeting the society’s mission of studying, promoting, and preserving the musical, artistic, and other cultural traditions of the Celtic nations. In addition to CelticFest Mississippi, the CHS sponsors céilís during the year (pronounced “kay-lee”)–a Celtic celebration featuring traditional music and dance, as well as music events.
All CHS Board members & Directors of CelticFest are Volunteers and receive no monetary compensation.
CHS functions are intentionally family events–children are always welcome.
By its charter, membership in the CHS and participation in society functions are open to all. Immigrants from Celtic nations contributed much of their own heritage to Southern culture. We encourage participation in all CHS activities regardless of your own personal ethnic background.
Annual Membership in the Celtic Heritage Society runs from January – December and is $15 for Individuals or $25 for a Family.
Benefits of Membership include updates and information before the general public via our members only email list, discounts to Society functions and most importantly, helping us to provide Celtic events here in Mississippi!
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