NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Sep 28, 2012) - History has shown the Scots to be both inventive and creative people. Best known for inventing the game of golf and whisky, they've also provided the world the decimal point, radar, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, logarithms, anesthesia, the steam engine, James Bond, the pneumatic tire and the hypodermic needle to name just some of their achievements. This search for knowledge and sense of inquiry has provided Scotland a rich cultural heritage of art and letters. And America has been a significant partner and beneficiary of this Scottish influence.
Now The American Patrons of the National Library and Galleries of Scotland (two of Scotland's premier cultural institutions) are joining forces to create an inspiring new Patrons organization designed to increase awareness of the literary and artistic heritage of Scotland with the people of North America.
At the public debut of this new organization on September 26 in midtown Manhattan, guests enjoyed "The Art of Golf" presentation exhibiting the history of golf and its depiction through art and letters since the game was founded in Scotland in the 16th century.
Vintage films, original art pieces, photography, diaries and even a matchbook from 1886, all from the Scottish collections offered unique visions on the spirit and beauty of the world's oldest game.
Sir Fraser Morrison, Chairman of the newly formed American Patrons Organization, toasted the event and set the tone for the evening by quoting Scottish American Andrew Carnegie, "No man can become rich without himself enriching others."
Morrison, who is also Chairman at the international design firm RMJM Architecture, recapped the evening by saying, "The evening was appealing, thought provoking and thankfully there were no arguments about the upcoming Ryder Cup! It was very rewarding to bring Scottish and American friends together to celebrate not only golf, but so much more that we have in common."
The American Patrons of the National Library and Galleries of Scotland is registered as a 501(c)(3) charitable Organization in the United States.