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St. David's Society of Minnesota

United to Celebrate and Explore Welsh Culture

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From Our Friends at
The Celtic Junction

Now offering classes, including

  • Arthurian Literature: La Morte D'Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory
  • Celtic Opera: Wagner and the Arthurian Tradition

For more information:
https://celticjunction.org/college/

 


News from Members

 

Our member Karen Jones Wojahn has created a CD of her harp music, including 35 tunes, 11 of which are Welsh tunes.

All money raised from the sale of the CDs will be given to the Southwest MN ELCA Synod's "Gifts of Grace" Fund.  For more information, check out:    https://swmnelca.org/gifts-of-grace/

 

CDs are $10 each, plus $5 shipping. A digital download via Google Drive of the same music is also available for $10 per download. For more information or to order, contact Karen at: karen.wojahn@gmail.com or
48070 380th Street
Windom, MN  56101.

Checks payable to Karen Wojahn, please.

 

Video of a schoolhouse in Wymore, Nebraska for Welsh-American students

One-room Welsh School

 

The Great Plains Welsh Heritage Project is offering books on Welsh American history for research and geneaology.  You pay only for shipping.

  • Early History of the Welsh in the Proscairon District of Wisconsin
  • History of the Welsh in Minnesota
  • Hanes Cyrmy America (1872) A History of the Welsh in America

All are translated by Martha Davies or Phillip and Martha Davies. If interested, contact gcolgrove@neb.rr.com

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The St. David's Society of Minnesota was formed to celebrate the heritage and culture of the Welsh immigrants to Minnesota. To these ends, St. David's Society members celebrate and cultivate all things Welsh - in literature, history, music, dance, art or ideas, traditional and contemporary.


 

Blwyddyn Newydd Dda!    Happy New Year!

Upcoming Events

Welsh Speaker Series: Twm Elias on "Myth, Magic and Medieval Misdemeanours: The Story of Lleu and Blodeuwedd in Wales' 'Tales of the Mabinogion’"

Saturday, January 22, 2022, 1:00 - 2:00 pm CST on Zoom.  We will continue our Welsh Speaker series with Twm Elias. Twm was the 2019 National Eisteddfod Science and Technology Medal award winner. He will present on one of the stories in the Mabinogion, the Welsh prose tales that are the result of centuries of oral storytelling in Wales.  A naturalist, academic, storyteller, historian, and author, there is no one quite like Twm Elias.  His contribution to science and to nature and botany in particular, is second to none, and his enthusiasm and energy are infectious. Twm has a wealth of knowledge of all things pertaining to his Welsh homeland, and is often featured on BBC Wales radio and television.  

Sgwrs Cymraeg, Welsh Conversation

Any learners or would-be learners welcome to any or all of these classes. ALL held via Zoom on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 10:30am - 12:30pm. Contact conversation facilitator: Laurel Bradshaw, llawryf@yahoo.com for Zoom link.

Well-Read Dragons Book Group

Saturday, February 5, 2022, 11:30 am -1:00 pm. We will discuss Impassioned Clay, by Stevie Davies.  See "Book Group" link above for more information.

Links to Enjoy

Autumn 2021 newsletter

Today's Harlech: Our member Ryan Evans has produced a recording of Welsh-Minnesotans singing the folk song Tros Y Garreg (Over the Stone) set to his original electronic music accompaniment. He has also created a website with this music and stories and poems written by and read by our members about their Welsh heritage. (Click on the title above to get to the website.)

History of Wales links: Scott Lloyd, one of Welsh speakers over Zoom, has generously shared many links to learn abour Welsh history and ancient sites.

Short Stories of Welsh Culture Saturday Selections: Short stories from Celtic countries and webistes on gardens, musicians, museums and folk music.

Our members have contributed these links to videos and photos:

Triple Harp Concert in Wales (in lieu of the in-person Eisteddfod Genedlaethol [National Eisteddfod])

Poem, Solace, by Welsh poet Dafydd Davies-Hughes with video

We'll Meet Again for VE Day with Katherine Jenkins

Sir Bryn Terfel and BBC Now -- Welsh Heroes Day

Welsh National Opera Chorus singing the Welsh hymn Gwahoddiad

Karen Wojahn playing Rhosymedre on the harp

 

Contact us at   mailto:stdavidsofmn@gmail.com  or visit and "like" our Facebook page to learn more about the Welsh and Wales at local, national, and international levels: Go to facebook