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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

Star Tribune article on our own composer, David Evan Thomas: https://www.startribune.com/minnesota-composers-adjust-to-life-in-a-minor-key-music-makes-humans-better/572611252/

 

Fireside Ghost Stories, Friday, October 30, 8 p.m. CST. Join our own Society member, Trilby Busch, online to hear some of the dozens of ghost stories she's been collecting since 1978. She has retold these stories on MPR, and for historical societies, neighborhood and historical preservation groups. You can watch this fireside ghost story telling on Zoom, or just listen to audio on your phone. Details below. Turn down the lights and tune in.  Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89861267302?pwd=eCtSQWdWeFhjVmdJZ0hpeEF1M01BUT09
asscode: 237  https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kekBD0KuMi. Find your local number: 
Meeting ID: 898 6126 7302, Passcode: 237. Find your local number:  https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kekBD0KuMi

 

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

  • Just out!  New newsletter: Autumn 2020
  • Fall Happy Hours on Zoom: We'll gather on the 3rd Sunday each month from 3 - 5 pm for small and whole group conversations. October 18 and November 15.  See newsletter above for details.
  • 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.
  • Today's Harlech: Our member Ryan Evans is producing a video of Welsh-Minnesotans singing the folk song Tros Y Garreg (Over the Stone) set to his original electronic music accompaniment. The video will also include stories from Welsh-Americans about their cultural heritage. If you are interested in participating, email Ryan at r.michael.evans@gmail.
  • Well-Read Dragons Book Group: We will be discussing The Moving of the Water, by David Lloyd over Zoom on Saturday, December 5.  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.
  • Holiday Tea: The St. David's Society Board is planning an exciting program for Saturday, December 12 at 2:00 pm that will be brought to you via Zoom this year: videos of Christmas in Wales, music, and readings, including Gareth John Bale and Gwenllian Higginson, the actors from West, reading A Child's Christmas in Wales.  Stay tuned for more details.
  • North American Festival of Wales went virtual this year, 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 next year, 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 no later than the end of 2020) 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

Just click on the title:
Photos of Wales in Autumn
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