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Come and experience Welsh-American heritage in Wymore, Nebraska.

Nebraska's 150th Anniversary, Welsh Heritage Project, Wymore Nebraska


For more of the story, watch our mini documentary, Pobl y Paith/People of the Prairie: the Welsh in Nebraska
You can also view our film on YouTube (click here) or Vimeo (click here).

Great Plains Welsh Heritage Project Celebrates 32nd Annual Sam Wymore Days

On Saturday, June 8, volunteers and members of the Great Plains Welsh Heritage Project came out to participate in our community’s annual celebration named in honor of Wymore’s founder and namesake. This year’s theme was the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. After the parade through the streets of Wymore, the Welsh Heritage Centre hosted a talk on the moon landing by NASA Ambassador and President of the St. David’s Welsh Society of Nebraska, Julie Allen.

Also visiting us in Wymore were Monreve Klingebiel and Mary Johnson, who presented a photograph of their parents’ store —Kohlmeyer Hatchery & Produce—which is now our Welsh Heritage Centre. We are honored to add the photograph to our collection.


A Very Welsh May Day

In Wymore we celebrated May Day—Calan Mai —by welcoming local 4th grade students to the historic District 81 Schoolhouse. The visitors learned about our community’s Welsh immigrant history and enjoyed a Welsh-language lesson. We also had fun playing pioneer games. Diolch yn fawr to our volunteers and especially to our Welsh teacher, Gail Price Baker.

Visitors From Wales

The Great Plains Welsh Heritage Project welcomed three visitors from South Wales this April.  Gail Price Baker (center) and her sister and brother-in-law, Elaine & Barrie Phillips. All three hail from Brynmawr in Breconshire, South Wales. A former Welsh women’s rugby player, Elaine is employed at a school in Abergavenny. Barrie is employed as an Engineer at the Kerndale Company, Caerphilly. Gail graduated from Bangor University and has taught at various Welsh language schools in South Wales as well as in Omaha, NE.  

Historic Schoolhouse Restoration Continues

Our one-room school is getting a historical facelift. We are excited about the renovation. We will have a priceless treasure to share that celebrates our pioneer past.

We have removed 14-15 layers of wallpaper. Underneath, black paint between the windows served as additional blackboard space. On one of the painted blackboards was a Mother’s Day wish from 1939.

Our professional restorers, Lori & Roy Hanni (right).  Roy is a native of Switzerland where he learned his unique trade.  One example of the Hannis attention to detail: goat hair will be mixed with the plaster to make this a true restoration consistent with the materials used over a century ago.


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