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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/

 

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

 

Video of a schoolhouse in Wymore, Nebraska for Welsh-American students

One-room Welsh School

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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

 

A Performance of "West"!

Tuesday, June 28, 7 pm at St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church, 2323 Como Ave., St. Paul

The two actors who read the play "West" for us on Zoom two years ago are coming to the Twin Cities to perform in person!  This one-act play by Welsh playwright Owen Thomas stars acclaimed actors Gareth John Bale and Gwenllian Higginson. The play was first performed at the North American Festical of Wales (NAFOW) in Milwaukee in 2019. The play explores the lives of two Welsh people who fall in love and decide to leave Wales in order to build a new life in the New World. It details the hardshops and adventures they faced, focusing primarily on the theme of immigration. The play is written in a lyrical, poetic style.

Please use the main entrance.  The play will be presented in a room near this entrance.  Parking is available on the street or directly across from the main entrance. Please come with proof of vaccination and a mask. A reception will follow.  A free will offering will be appreciated.

Annual Meeting and Picnic

Saturday, August 6th, from 4:30 - 6:30 pm.

Every summer Society members meet to reconnect and elect board members and officers. We will once again meet at Wabun Picnic Area in Minnehaha Regional Park in Minneapolis. We will be in Pavillion B, near the restrooms and parking.  The Society will supply water and snacks and you may bring something to share if you'd like. Attendees will vote to approve the board roster and financial reports in addition to engaging in our usual lively conversation. You also have the option of playing Bocce Ball, the Welsh version!

Click here for a map showing the location of Pavillion B

Well-Read Dragons Book Group

Saturday, August 6, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

We will discuss Salt, by Catrin Kean.  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