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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: Elizabeth Reich
  • 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

2016 Highland Tea with writer/author Diana Gabaldon.
Date: March 26, 2016
Time: 2 p.m.
Place: Kilted Cat in Flagstaff, Arizona
Cost: Tickets are $40 each
More information here.

We will be serving sandwiches, scones and sweets and there will be a reading by Diana.

Highland Tea Hat Contest
We will have a hat contest as always and hats for sale. There will also be a no host bar, silent auction, book signing and the opportunity to have your photo professionally taken with Diana.

If you have a group that wants to come try to get everyone together to buy tickets so that I can seat you together. You will have assigned seating. We will have tables of 10, so if you have a whole table you will have preferred seating. PLEASE do not hesitate to call to purchase tickets as soon as possible because we expect to be sold out.

We truly expect tickets to sell out since this is one of our most popular events in the spring. Rumor has it last year it took 22 minutes for the first order to come in after pushing send on the announcement. This year I hear it only took 4 minutes! Get yours while they're available!

Call Jude McKenzie for tickets at (928) 606-6327.
We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover or checks can be made out to NACHS and sent to:

PO Box 187
Flagstaff, AZ 86002


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 $90,000.00 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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