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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.

2015 Officers

  • President: Jude McKenzie
  • Vice-President: Kris Satterwhite
  • Secretary: Michael Satterwhite
  • Treasurer: Mike Casey

2015 Board Members

  • Will Greathead
  • Paula Harrington
  • Dani McGruer
  • Richard McKenzie
  • Stephen Riggs
  • Kevin Parkes

2015 Directors

  • Athletics: Erin Huizingh
  • Children's Activities: Bernie Whistler
  • Clans & Societies: Grace Honea and Stephen Riggs
  • Grounds: Richard McKenzie and Cal Magness
  • Highland Dance: Lisa Scott
  • Historical Area: Bill Wilson
  • Memberships: Michael Satterwhite
  • Newsletter Editor: John McGregor
  • Piping: Nicki Keesee
  • Tug o' War: Richard McKenzie
  • Vendors and Entertainment: Jude McKenzie
  • Volunteers: Vicki Neary, Dani McGruer and Brenda Taylor
  • Workshops: Todd Barnell and John Mead

Current Events

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunties with NACHS
As you know it takes volunteer support to accomplish the magic we do as a nonprofit. Here's a call for volunteers for several upcoming events we support. Please call (928) 853-9499 and leave word about the event you are interested in supporting.

The Prescott Highland Games 2016
It will be taking place at Loch Watson (i.e. Watson Lake) just off 89 Highway in Prescott, Arizona on:
Saturday, May 14 - 9am to 5pm
Sunday, May 15 - 9am to 5pm
NACHS will have a tent/booth set up at the Prescott Games to promote NACHS and the 2016 Arizona Highland Celtic Festival, which will be happening in July. If you want to volunteer to do outreach, call NACHS at (928) 556-3161 and let Jude know you are interested in helping out. NACHS member/volunteer, Paula Harrington, will be the one setting up and running this year's outreach tent at the Prescott Games.
If you need/want information regarding the Prescott Highland Games for 2016, contact the Prescott Area Celtic Society at (928) 642-0020 or visit their website at:

Arizona Highland Celtic Festival July 16 & 17, 2016
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 $93,000.00 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 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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