Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges was Guest of Honor Saturday at Saturday’s Tartan Day event, which recognizes Scottish history and culture.
She was a sash of her clan’s Modern Red Morrison tartan for the event, held at the state Capitol.
In a Facebook post, Hodges said she has lots of Scottish blood:
I was so touched to be the honored guest at Minnesota Tartan Day. I have Scottish heritage from both sides of my family, Clan Morrison on my father Morrison Hodges‘ side and Clan Nicholson on my mother Aj Hodges‘ side. I think I first knew I was Scottish when the bagpipers played Amazing Grace at my grandfather’s funeral. The second time was when I went to Scotland and for the first time in my Minnesota-raised life I was around a bunch of people who kinda sorta looked like me.
Organizers said Minneapolis’ first mayor, Dorilus Morrison (served 1867-68, and then 1869-70), was also from Clan Morrison.
Fourteen Minnesota Scottish organizations sponsored the event, which has been held annually since 1999 at the Capitol.