News from our Members
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 email@example.com
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.
- St. David's Day Celebration: Our theme this year is Reimagining Welshness: Snapshots from Minnesota. Via Zoom on Saturday, February 27th, from 1-3 pm. We will feature our member Ryan Evan's project Today's Harlech. Members will read their stories and poems, you will hear the recording of Tros Y Garreg sung by members, watch a few short videos, and, of course, we will all sing!
- Awr Hapus (Happy Hour): Join us over Zoom for a virtual pub gathering to connect with other members on the third Sunday of every month from 4 - 5 pm. Next gathering is Sunday, February 21st. We always have lively and interesting conversations and Zoom will allow us to stay in one large group or break up into smaller groups so everyone has a chance to talk. Grab a glass of wine, beer, ginger ale, or a cuppa and join us! The Zoom link is the same as for past gatherings -- find it in the latest newsletter.
- Welsh Speakers Series: We were delighted to hear from Rt. Rev. Dr. Barry Morgan in November, speaking on the poetry of R.S. Thomas and Mair Tomos Ifans playing the triple harp and telling us stories about St. Dwynwen. Stay tuned for more on-line events, featuring speakers from Wales.
- 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, firstname.lastname@example.org for Zoom link.
- 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.
- Today's Harlech: Our member Ryan Evans is producing 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. Our St. David's Day event will feature these contributions.
- 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 at the end of our fiscal year) or become a board member, please contact Janice at email@example.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 Winter
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.