The Renaissance Scots Living History Association, a 501 (c) 3 educational nonprofit corporation, has been delighting attendees at Celtic events in the Rocky Mountain West for 22 years. The RenScots provide a village setting where the public experiences highland Scottish life and crafts from the time of William Wallace (Braveheart) through the Jacobite uprising against the English that ended so disastrously for the Scots on the battlefield of Culloden in 1745. With an all-volunteer organization of over 30 talent, staff and crew, the RenScots present 7 interactive venues, showing more than 15 heritage crafts in an entertaining, family-friendly setting.
The RenScot’s Mission is to bring the experience of Scottish life and heritage crafts to the Celtic community and public in an entertaining setting, and to educate about the contributions of the Scots to American culture. We make experiencing history fun! We also teach to help preserve heritage crafts by passing them on to a new generation.
2017 finds us deepening our cultural roots, and branching out. We are focusing on a new costuming initiative, including new research and clothing for many of our members. We are embarking on a scholarship program, gathering research and citations through every aspect of what we present. Our martial arts school will be training with Maestro Paul Macdonald in Edinburgh, Scotland this summer, strengthening our leadership role in the Scottish martial arts in Colorado. We are fielding several new crafts this year, including historic basketry, candle making, clothing and culinary demonstrations. Our leather craftsfolk are excited about their brand-new tent; with 4 apprentices, we outgrew our old one!
We invite you to join us and slip through time to swing a sword, hear stories, and experience the wonderful heritage crafts of Scotland.