St. David's Society of Minnesota

United to Celebrate and Explore Welsh Culture

Welsh Links

Short Stories and Welsh Links
from the Short Story Saturdays discussions from April - June 2020

4 April - Cornwall - "Flowers" by E. Timpany
11 April - Wales - "The Invisible" by J. Lloyd
18 April - Ireland - "First Confession" by F. O'Connor & "The Piano Teacher's Pupil" by W. Trevor
25 April - Scotland - "The Ministry of Whiskey" by V. McDermid & "My Daughter, the Fox" by J. Kay
2 May - Isle of Man - Fairy Tales
9 May - Wales - Fairy and Folk Tales
16 May - Wales - "Scream, Scream" by G. Beagan & "Jenny Brown's Point" by G. Mort
23 May - Ireland - "Color & Light" by S. Rooney
23 May - Ireland - "Even If You Beat Me" by S. Rooney
30 May - Wales - "The Dig" by C. Jones
6 June - National Museum Wales: Information on the Collections
13 June - Welsh Gardens: Powis Garden
13 June - Welsh Gardens: Bodnant Garden
13 June - National Botanic Garden of Wales: Guide to June's Wildflowers
13 June - Musician Gruff Rhys - Bae, Bae, Bae
20 June - St. Fagan's Museum - The Historic Buildings
20 June - The People's Collection - Blogs
20 June - The People's Collection - Learn
20 June - The Cofiwch Dryweryn
20 June - The Welsh Coracle
20 June - Welsh Folk Music

Welsh Culture & News

Wales Online - News, sports, weather, and events from across Wales

BBC Wales - News, sports, culture, and more

Visit Wales - Travel and more

Americymru - Welsh-American website

Ninnau and Y Drych - A Welsh North American Newsletter

PenCambria - A Mid-Wales Magazine

Welsh Language & History

Say Something in Welsh - Learn Welsh via podcasts (with options for Skype)

The Big Welsh Challenge - Videos for learning Welsh

Cymdeithas Madog - Cwrs Cymraeg, a yearly week-long course

Learn Welsh - Resources for Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced Welsh Learners

North American Festival of Wales - A yearly North American Festival

Great Plains Welsh Heritage & Culture Centre - History and resources

Study Welsh Genealogy - Links to Welsh resources

Links to Enjoy

"Welsh Slate Landscape Becomes UK's Newest World Heritage Site"
Read about it in The Guardian

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.)

Our recent Welsh speaker, Scott Lloyd, presented a fascinating array of information about the history of Wales. He has generously shared these links:

Ancient Sites

Rock Art from Bryn Celli Du burial chamber on Anglesey
Pentre Ifan burial chamber
Bluestones at Stonehenge from Craig Rhosyfelin
Submerged forest 2-3000 BC inspired the legends of the Cantref Gwaelod. Sarn Padrig
Vortigern: Dinas Emrys: Red Dragon origin story
Eliseg’s pillar has the name of Vortigern carved upon

King Arthur

Maen Huail referred to in the fifteenth century in Ruthin in Northeast Wales, the tale attached to is has its origins back in the twelfth century and is referred to in three different sources
Llyn Llydaw Excalibur and Bwlch y Saethau story with Carnedd Arthur.
Dinas Bran and the Grail


Math son of Mathonwy: Caer Arianrhod  is the court of Aranrhod and can only be reached by boat and is near Dinas Dinlleu.
Dinas Dinlle
Caer Dathyl could be Tre’r ceiri
Tomen y Mur (Mound in the walls) Math again. Mur Castell associated with Gwydion. ROMAN
Mabinogi tale of Branwen, Bronwen marries Matholwch the king of Ireland but is ill treated so hr brother the giant Bran goes over the Ireland by crossing two rivers (Sunken land memory)? A battel ensues in which Bran is mortally wounded and tells the seven survivors to cut of his head and take it back to Britain. This they do and spend seven years in Harlech (the Edwardian castle is more recent)
Gwales: Bran demanded his head be struck off seven years feasting in Harlech with the birds of Rhiannon singing to you. Then off to Gwlaes in Penfro, which is Grassholm for fourscore years where there is a palace overlooking the sea and a great hall and then onto London and bury the head if his head is ever removed London will fall. Ravens Bran and tower of London.
The Smalls Viking find of brass sword guard dating from 1100 found in 1991..
Inscribed stone of Maen Achwyfan tenth century with norse influence.
Welsh princes, Dolwyddelan and Llys at Rhosyr court of Welsh prince and lost in a sandstorm noted by Henry Rowlands in early 18th century and excavated in 1992.
stone for Llywelyn near Builth Wells.


St Davids
 12th century church oldest in Wales. We know from the life of Gruffudd ap Cynan that they were painted white.
Holy well of St Cybi and the grander St Winifreds first referred to in the early 12th century. Winifred was a at home one day when a prince tries to take advantage of her. When she refused he chopped of hewr head and where it hit the ground a well sprung up. Her uncle Beuno arrived and by a miracle reattached her head to her body and she sent on to spend the rest of her life in a  church in Gwytherin. Still depicted with a white line across her neck.
Owain Glyndwr Sycharth. Excavations of a small part of the motte top in 1962-3 only uncovered evidence for two timber framed buildings, part of what the 1390 poem by Iolo Goch describes as 'a fine wooden house atop a green hill'.


Carregwasted French forces landed near Fishguard but were quickly dealt with . Last invasion of foreign forces on mainland Britain.

Other links on history

Pontcysyllte important feat of engineering and World Heritage site
Transporter bridge as an important survival of an unusual structure only 10 survive in the world and only 6 of them are operational. Opened in 1906 and still operational a fascinating and unusual experience for the price of a cup of coffee. One in Middlesbrough in use and disused one in Warrington which is on the at risk register. An unusual experience for the price of a cup of coffee.
Slate industry important industry in Wales. People travelled from Europe to marvel at this and also to spy on techniques. and the next potential world heritage site. Copper at Parys Mountain and importance of Swansea

Other Websites of Interest

Historic Wales  Click on search, tick the box, zoom in to area you want, click on layer icon top right  and select the information( you can turn them all on if you like!) Historic Mapping layer provides mapping from c.1890). This site acts as an index to Coflein (RCAHMW), Archwilio (the four Welsh archaeological trusts) and Cadw data. Click on the dot you want and then follow the link to the information. On the left of the map are four boxes. One lets you draw a box around an area and select all of the sites in it, the ruler allows you measure distances and the third box enables you to swipe between modern and historic mapping.

National Library of Wales resources Plenty to explore here!

Tithe maps c.1840

Welsh journals

Welsh newspapers

Welsh Biography online

Welsh manuscripts

Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru (The Welsh equivalent of the Oxford English Dictionary)

Twentieth century architecture in Wales (Just founded in 2020)

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