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St. David's Society of Minnesota

United to Celebrate and Explore Welsh Culture

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Would you like to take a class?
Our friends at Celtic Junction are now offering classes on Celtic topics.  Check them out at 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.


Upcoming Events

NAFOW "Off-Season" Events:

Saturday, May 7, 5 pm Eastern Time, 4 pm Central Time

A Theatrical Reading from 'Carwyn'
Written by Owen Thomas, directed by Gareth Bale and performed by Simon Nehan.

Carwyn’ is a new play about Carwyn James, who, to this day, remains the only Coach to mastermind a series victory for the British Lions against the All Blacks. The play will unravel the enigma of a multi-layered man. A man ahead of his time. A man who was alone in a crowd. A man uncomfortable in his own skin. A man of whom it is said very few truly knew him, knew what made his heart beat and his mind tick. In his 53 years Carwyn James made an incredible, indelible impact on his homeland. A man who adored sport, culture and politics, a man who adored Wales. A closeted man of contradictions, with a career that took in teaching, broadcasting, coaching, even espionage.

Carwyn James died alone in an Amsterdam hotel room in January 1983. This play returns to that room and allows this unique man to have one final opportunity to look back over his short but eventful life. A life in which the beauty of the words of the ancient poets and playwrights were as important to him as the ebb and flow of the rugby ball. Writer Owen Thomas will remind the country of his birth of one of her lost sons who contributed so significantly to our sporting, cultural, political, and intellectual life.

Owen Thomas and Gareth Bale have previously joined us to present 'Grav' and 'West' at the 2018 and 2019 North American Festival of Wales.

Our own board member, Hywel Roberts, will be presenting 'Hiking the Welsh Coastal Path and Exploring Snowdonia' on May 2 as the last event in the 'NAFOW-Off-Season' series.

Click to join on May 7

Well-Read Dragons Book Group

Saturday, June 4, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

We will discuss Ash on a Young Man's Sleeve, by Dannie Abse.  See "Book Group" link above for more information.

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.

Recent Events

Welsh Speaker Series

On Sunday, March 20th, we heard a fascinating presentation by Owen Rhys Roberts from the National Library of Wales. He shared these links to resources on the library website:

In Honor of International Women's Day (March 8th)

From Heritage of Wales News, here is a blog Celebrating the Life of Margaret Haig Thomas (1883-1958), later Lady Rhondda (just click on the title)

St. David's Day Celebration (March 1)

On Saturday, February 26th, we had a fun celebration over Zoom, with David from Wales (Dai 2), singing plygain songs for us and people telling stories of their visits to Wales.  Here's a video we watched to kick things off: Celebrating St. David's Day

Links to Enjoy

Our First Member Interview: Ellis Jones!  On November 1, 2021, one of our board members, Hywel Roberts, interviewed our long-time member and past president, Ellis Jones. Click here to read the transcript of the interview.  We will eventually create a video of excerpts from this and future interviews.

Winter 2022 newsletter

Did you know the on-line game Wordle was invented by a Welshman?  Read about his story here.

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 our 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