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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.

2016 Officers

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

2016 Board Members

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

2016 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: Jeannine Dobbins
  • Tug o' War: Richard McKenzie
  • Vendors and Entertainment: Jude McKenzie
  • Volunteers: Vicki Neary and Dani McGruer
  • Workshops: Todd Barnell and John Mead

Current Events

Piping and Drumming School July 8 - July 15, 2016
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona Pipers and drummers of all levels are accepted and encouraged to attend! Come to the Northern Arizona and study with some of the world’s foremost pipers and drummers. The piping and drumming school is held on the beautiful campus of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, and allows you to completely mmerse yourself in the study of bagpipe music and drumming.

Grand Canyon Celtic Arts Academy July 11-July 15, 2016
The Grand Canyon Celtic Arts Academy 2016 is excited to welcome back our three instructors from last year: Cassie & Maggie MacDonald and Gordon Gower to our beautiful, air-conditioned campus at Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy. We’ll be offering 16 classes (8 teen/adult, 3 evening workshops, and 5 youth classes) and one concert this year!

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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