St. David's Society of Minnesota

United to Celebrate and Explore Welsh Culture

About Us

Some information about who we are and what we do

The St. David's Foundation

The St. David’s Foundation awards scholarships to members or children/grandchildren of members who desire to learn more about their heritage or contribute to its preservation.

Such endeavors include, but are not limited to:
• Attendance at one of the North American Welsh language courses, Cwrs Cymraeg, sponsored by Cymdithas Madog [Society of (Prince) Madog]; or Welsh Heritage Week. Both are week-long courses that focus on language and culture;

• Attendance at NAFOW, the North American Festival of Wales, if such attendance would not be possible without financial assistance. NAFOW is always held over Labor Day weekend at various venues in the U.S. and Canada. NAFOW 2021 will be held in Utica, N.Y.

• Research in Wales. 

To donate to the St. David’s Society Foundation, send a check to Ron Adams. Contact him at for application and further information. 

Partner Organizations

The Minnesota Welsh Association (MWA)

In the 1920s, the Minnesota Welsh Association (MWA) was formed. Its major purpose was to plan and arrange for an annual Minnesota Welsh Festival in Mankato, MN each September.


The Welsh North American Association

Each year, the WNAA organizes the North American Festival of Wales (NAFOW) over the Labor Day weekend. 


The Great Plains Welsh Heritage Project

The Great Plains Welsh Heritage Project is based in Wymore, Nebraska.  Its purpose is to discover, preserve, interpret and celebrate the history and contributions of Welsh pioneers on the North American prairies. They host several events throughout the year to preserve and promote Welsh American heritage of Nebraska and the Great Plains.



Our Purpose

The St. David's Society of Minnesota was formed to celebrate the heritage and culture of the Welsh immigrants to Minnesota.  We welcome anyone with an interest in Wales and Welsh culture -- you do not have to have ancestors from Wales!  The Society is a place where you can meet great people, learn about Wales and all things Welsh, and share your experiences, knowledge and talents!  

Board Members                           

Janice Gwyneth Barbee, president
Pam Rose, treasurer
Ron Adams
Hywel Roberts
Robert Sherman
Barbara Powell Sherman
Ryan Evans

Contact Us


To donate to the St. David’s Society of Minnesota, send a check or money order to the Society Treasurer: Pam Rose, 8514 13th Ave. S., Bloomington, MN 55425. For info, contact Pam at 

Why donate to the St. David’s Society? The St. David’s Society uses donations to aid the general fund, which is used for room rental for events, production costs for the newsletter, stipends to conductors and guest presentators/musicians, and other needs.

National Sponsor

On several occasions the Society has served as the local host sponsor for an annual nationwide gathering of those who treasure Welsh culture and heritage. The North American Festival of Wales, formerly called the National Welsh Gymanfa Ganu has been hosted in Minneapolis multiple times, most recently in 2014.

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