Nancy McLean Hendreschke
About the Vice President
Nancy Hendreschke was born on the plains in St. Francis, Kansas and grew up on the farmlands of eastern Colorado.
Nancy’s first knowledge of her Celtic ancestry came while working at a local community college in Greeley, Colorado. After graduating high school, she went on to a local community college. It was there that an instructor pointed out her unique connection to Scotland in that her last name was actually a clan name and showed her the clan lands on a map. This revelation piqued her interest, but the thought remained dormant as her life evolved with her marriage to Gene Hendreschke and the birth of their three sons: Andrew, Tyson and Eric. She became so immersed in the joys of raising her young children that it would be over a decade before her passion for Celtic ancestry would be born.
With three young boys in tow. Nancy and her husband attended a Scottish festival as a weekend activity in western Maryland. She visited the genealogy tent during the visit and discovered her connection; but it was the end of the festival that had her convinced she had found where she belonged. A single bagpiper from the Massed Pipe Bands began to play Amazing Grace. The beautiful melody rang out over the mountaintops as the rest of the band joined in and it was at that moment that she felt the connection to her ancestors and the Maclean cousins who bear the same name and common heritage.
She then began seeking out other Scottish festivals and joined the Scottish Association of Western Maryland and helped in their festival tents and began seeking out other Scottish Americans in every place they moved over the years. She bought her first kilt in a shop in Old Town Alexandria and since has added many pieces, including some from Scotland to her collection. Nancy began researching her genealogy and continued to seek Maclean cousins over the years. She found lots of cousins in the Carolinas and Georgia and it was there that she took the office of Secretary for Clan Maclean over six years ago.
Nancy finds immersing herself in the culture pretty astounding and believes finding people with the same name and connection is an honor and privilege to bring the pride of the Clan Maclean forward. She believes finding other clan members and being able to appreciate differences and strengths from a common heritage is an amazing thing.
This portion of the Canadian Boat Song describes the feelings of many Scots throughout the world:
From the lone shieling of the misty island
Mountains divide us, and the waste of seas -
Yet still the blood is strong, the heart is Highland,
And we in dreams behold the Hebrides.
When she is not immersed in her Clan heritage, Nancy enjoys spending time with her 4 grandchildren Amelia, Madeleine, Liam and her newest addition Rylea.