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St. David's Society of Minnesota

United to Celebrate and Explore Welsh Culture

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News from our 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.

Visit our What's On? page to learn more about how to participate.


Upcoming Events

  • Well-Read Dragons Book Group: Next book to discuss:  The Salt Path, by Raynor Winn over Zoom on Saturday, April 3 from 11:45am - 1:00pm. Go to What's On page for more details about the book and a list of the other books to be discussed this coming year.
  • Welsh Speakers Series: On Saturday, April 17 at 1 pm,  Manon Eames from Swansea will speak on "Welsh Women Who Went to Sea.Manon’s father, the late Aled Eames, was a maritime historian who wrote many seminal books on the history of Welsh people and the sea: Ships and Seamen of Anglesey, Porthmadog Ships, Ship Master, Ventures in Sail, to name but a few. The lecture you will hear is based on Aled’s writing, with particular attention and some new research into women’s role in the business of seafaring in 19th century Wales. Members have been sent the Zoom link for these events.  If you haven't received it and would like to join us, send a request to janicegwb@yahoo.com.
  • Sgwrs Cymraeg, Welsh Conversation: Any learners or would-be learners welcome to any or all of these classes. ALL held via Zoom at 11 am on Saturdays. Contact conversation facilitator: Laurel Bradshaw, llawryf@yahoo.com for Zoom link.
  • North American Festival of Wales went virtual in 2020, and you can still watch the many presentations and performances on their website.  For a variety of concerts, lectures sponsored by the Welsh Government, and a peak at what's in store for the festival in Ottawa in 2021, visit: http://festivalofwales.org/index.html
  • Please consider joining the board.  (For now we are holding meetings over Zoom.)  If you would like to be our treasurer (Sally will be leaving that position at the end of our fiscal year) or become a board member, please contact Janice at janicegwb@yahoo.com

Visit the What's On? page for more details of all these events.

Links to Enjoy

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.)

For more videos and photos, just click on a title below:
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

Short Stories of Welsh Culture Saturday Selections

From April - June 2020, members met every week to discuss short stories from Celtic countries, and websites we had browsed on Welsh gardens, musicians, museums, and folk music.  Click on "Welsh Links" above to get the stories and links to the websites.

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