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To our Celtic community, be safe, be well. We plan to overcome this tragic pandemic like only Celts can, and celebrate Celtic style at the Jim Thomson US School of Piping & Drumming AND the Arizona Highland Celtic Festival this July!!!

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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.

2021 Officers

  • President: Richard McKenzie
  • Vice-President: Catie Blazek
  • Secretary: Suzanne Tackitt
  • Treasurer: Mike Casey

2021 Board Members

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

2021 Business Manager

  • Jude McKenzie

2021 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 starting at 6:30 pm. Everyone is welcome! Through the Covid19 pandemic, we will be hosting the meetings virtually instead of in person. If you would like to attend the meetings, please send an email and we will get you a link.

Upcoming Events



2021 Arizona Highland Celtic Festival (virtual) - The entire month of July
This will be a great event with lots of activities, including:

  • A virtual tea with Diana Gabaldon, author of the Outlander series.
  • Celtic cook classes.
  • Content filmed in HD, specifically for this event.
  • Traditional dance.
  • Celtic language classes.
  • Music and music workshops.

More information on the Festival page.


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 $120,000.00 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.

Help NACHS by making a donation.


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                   School of Piping
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                   Celtic Arts
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PO Box 187, Flagstaff, AZ 86002 - (928) 556-3161