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NACHS was founded in 1997. The Northern Arizona Celtic Heritage Society is dedicated to presenting, promoting, and preserving Celtic culture. Our goal is to educate the public about the heritage, language, traditions, art, and history of the Celtic people both ancient and modern.

Dissemination of information and financial assistance to support Celtic-related events and opportunities is also a prime purpose of NACHS.

We are a non-profit, 501 (C)3 Corporation.

2019 Officers

  • President: Richard McKenzie
  • Vice-President: Kris Satterwhite
  • Secretary: Vicki Benedict
  • Treasurer: Mike Casey

2019 Board Members

  • Cal Magness
  • Michael Satterwhite
  • Mark Benedict
  • Chris Place
  • Kim Floyd
  • Dakota Floyd
  • Nemo Floyd

2019 Business Manager

  • Jude McKenzie

2019 Directors

  • Athletics: Erin Huizingh
  • Children's Activities: Bernie Whistler
  • Clans & Societies: Maria Marshall
  • Entertainment: Jude McKenzie
  • Grounds: Richard McKenzie and Cal Magness
  • Highland Dance: Lisa Scott
  • Historical Area: Bill Wilson
  • Memberships: Michael Satterwhite
  • Newsletter Editor: John McGregor
  • Piping: Jeannine Dobbins
  • Plant & Geology: John Mead
  • Tug o' War: Richard McKenzie
  • Vendors: Debbie Henson
  • Volunteers: Vicki Neary and Vicki Benedict
  • Workshops: Kevin Parkes

NACHS has meetings on the first Tuesday of each month. Everyone is welcome. Meetings start at 6:00 pm and take place at the Masonic Lodge 107 E. Birch, Flagstaff AZ 86001.

Upcoming Events

Tartan Day - March 31, 2019
Wear your tartan, and enjoy music and Haggis. More info here.

Diana Gabaldon Tea - April 14, 2019
Diana Gabaldon, immensely cool friend of the Northern Arizona Celtic Heritage Society, Flagstaff native and talented best selling author of the world of Outlander, will take an afternoon off from finishing her latest edition - titled "Bees" - to regale us with more tales from the world of Claire and Jamie, aka the Outlander.

The event is on Sunday, April 14 at 2:00 p.m. at the Kilted Cat (2640 W Kiltie Ln., Flagstaff, AZ). Call Jude McKenzie at 928-556-3161 to purchase tickets. Cost is $80 per person. Lots of friends tend to collect together and purchase a table so they can enjoy the event together. Be aware you should act quickly as tickets sell out fast..

Remember, Diana graces us with her presence specifically to aid our ongoing fundraising efforts. As a very active nonprofit, we continuously raise funds to support our mission-related activities like the Arizona Highland Celtic Festival and we also have distributed over $110,000 in scholarships to date to people of all ages and interests who want to study Celtic culture in its many facets.

So, book your tickets and dream up your best tea regalia, meaning dresses and super-creative hats ladies. Gents are welcome too but no-foolin', Diana tends to attract a mostly female crowd to our tea event.



2446 Ft. Tuthill Loop
Flagstaff, AZĀ  86005

More information as it developes


Arizona Highland Celtic Festival - July 20 & 21, 2019
For information on these events, contact Jude at (928) 606-6327


One of the primary goals of the Northern Arizona Celtic Heritage Society is to contribute to our local community and to the greater Celtic community. We are proud to say that we have contributed over $100,000.00 since our inception. Scholarships for Celtic related studies are a major part of what we do. For more info about our scholarship program please visit the scholarship page on this site. Our contributions have benefitted many individuals as well as the following:

  • Arizona Highlanders Pipe Band
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • City of Flagstaff
  • Civil Air Patrol
  • Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music
  • Flagstaff Light Opera Company
  • Flagstaff Public Library
  • Girl Scouts of the United States of America
  • Heritage Square Trust
  • Irish Cultural Center
  • KNAU Radio
  • Mesa Caledonian Pipe Band
  • New York Pipes and Drums
  • Northern Arizona Food Bank
  • Prescott Highland Games
  • Toys for Tots
  • Tucson Celtic Festival

Would you like to apply for one of our scholarships? If so, then download the scholarship form, fill it out and send it to us.

Helping NACHS

The Northern Arizona Celtic Heritage Society is dedicated to presenting, promoting and preserving Celtic culture. One of our primary goals is to support all things Celtic. By helping NACHS you can know that you contribute to making Celtic events happen as well as providing scholarships for others to pursue Celtic studies.

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