Schedule Set for Twentieth Bi-Annual Ulster-American Heritage Symposium



The  schedule for the 20th Ulster-American Heritage Symposium, to be held in Athens, Georgia, Wednesday, June 25 through Saturday, June 28, 2014 is now available. 


The 20th Ulster-American Heritage Symposium will bring together researchers, scholars, and genealogists from different fields on the Sesquicentennial anniversary of the Civil War to discuss little-explored aspects of Ulster-American heritage.  The interactions between recent arrivals from Ulster with the indigenous people of North America, which have received little attention in the research, will be a focus of the gathering.  Likewise, although new emigrants from both Northern and Southern Ireland fought in the war on both sides, the views and perspectives these soldiers brought to the conflict provide fertile new territory for research.  Plenary speaker David Gleeson, author of the recent work, The Green and The Grey: The Irish in the Confederate States of America, will share his research and conclusions on the role of heritage in the way the war was understood by newly arrived Irishmen, and the role of the war in ensuring integration of the Irish into the South. 

The 2014 Symposium, which is open to the public, will feature, in addition to presentations of new academic research, explorations of the Ulster influence on music, decorative and culinary arts.  Attendees  will also make forays into the host city to experience local customs, cuisine and hospitality first hand.






Known as the "Classic City," Athens was chartered in 1806 and named after the ancient Greek center of higher learning. Athens and the University of Georgia have developed a uniquely urbane culture that visitors can experience through historic districts, house museums, and historic landmarks. With a population of 120,266, this eclectic college town is 60 miles northeast of Atlanta, nestled just below the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. A vibrant, restored Victorian-era downtown teems with art galleries, trendy shops, world-renowned nightclubs and distinctive dining. Historic architecture and impressive gardens complete the unique blend of traditional heritage and trend-setting southern culture. Visitors will find Athens' small downtown easy to navigate for the best spots for shopping, food, and drink. Click here for more information on your visit to Athens.





When the University of Georgia was incorporated by an act of the General Assembly on January 27, 1785, Georgia became the first state to charter a state-supported university. In 1784 the General Assembly set aside 40,000 acres of land to endow a college or seminary of learning. Seventeen colleges and schools, with auxiliary divisions, carry on the university's programs of teaching, research, and service. The University of Georgia has an enrollment of 34,536 students as of 2013-2014 and is a national leader among public universities in the numbers of major scholarships earned. Since 1995, UGA has produced eight Rhodes Scholars, five Gates Cambridge Scholars, five Marshall Scholars, three Mitchell Scholars, 44 Goldwater Scholars, 11 Truman Scholars, and 12 Udall Scholars. Forty-seven UGA students have been offered Fulbright Scholarships in the past four years. The Chronicle of Higher Education lists the University of Georgia as one of the top producers of U.S. Fulbright students by type of institution. UGA continues to be one of the best values in public higher education in the nation. Top value and low debt at graduation earned the University of Georgia 15th-place status on Kiplinger Magazine's list of 100 best values among public colleges and universities. Click here for more information on the campus.





The Symposium hotel is Holiday Inn, located at 197 East Broad Street. Special room rates of $84.00 and $94.00 per night have been made available to presenters and attendees registering for the Symposium from Wednesday to Saturday. Click here for a virtual tour of the hotel and to make your reservation online. Please mention the Ulster-American Heritage Symposium when booking your room reservations.





The University of Georgia is located in the heart of Athens, about 61 miles northeast of Atlanta.


Driving Directions

I-85 North to GA 316

Take I-85 North from Atlanta to GA 316 (Exit #106). Follow 316 East for approximately 40 miles to the Athens Perimeter (Loop 10). Bear right on Loop 10, traveling east. After approximately 6 miles, take Exit #8 (Lexington Rd./Oconee St.). Turn left. Oconee St. becomes Broad St. and goes directly into downtown Athens.


From the North

Take I-85 South to US 441 (Exit #149) for approximately 20 miles. Go under the Athens Perimeter; road becomes MLK Jr. Boulevard. Turn right onto North Ave. Follow North Avenue into downtown Athens.


From the South

Take US 129/441 North. Follow signs for US 441 into Athens.


Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is a hub for Delta Airlines. Shuttle service to and from Athens can be arranged through Groome Transportation-- (706) 612-1155.   Round trip shuttle service between the airport and Athens is $72.00.




To register, email Sam Thomas at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .   

Registration fee of $110.00 payable via Pay Pal or check. Make checks payable to the Watson Brown Foundation and send to 175 Hill St. Athens, GA 30601.











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