St. David's Society of Minnesota

United to Celebrate and Explore Welsh Culture

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News from our Members

The holidays are coming!  Here is a beautiful holiday song arranged by our own member, David Evan Thomas:
Wassail Song
Linda Chatterton, flute
Nikki Christopher, harp

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

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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

  • Welsh Speakers Series: We were delighted to hear from Rt. Rev. Dr. Barry Morgan in November, speaking on the poetry of R.S. Thomas.  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, for Zoom link.
  • 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 3 - 4:30 pm.  Next gathering is Sunday, January 17th. 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.
  • Well-Read Dragons Book Group: Next book to discuss:  Welsh Saints on the Mormon Trail: The Story of the Welsh Emigration to Salt Lake City during the Nineteenth Century, by Wil Aaron over Zoom on Saturday, February 6 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 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.
  • 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:
  • 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

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

Links to Enjoy

Just click on the title:
On-line Plygain (Welsh Carols)
Bryn Terfel & Brigyn: Ar Gyfer Heddiw'r Bore
Carols from King's College, Cambridge
Daeth Nadolig
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.

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