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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).

To The Moon And Back!

Please join us at the Welsh Heritage Centre, Saturday, June 8, 2:30-3:30 pm for a talk by NASA Ambassador Julie Allen. Part of this year’s Sam Wymore Days celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

We’re over the moon about Sam Wymore Days this year! NASA Ambassador Julie Allen will be joining us on Saturday June 8 to tell the epic story of the Apollo missions from the astronauts’ perspective. You’ll also learn about some interesting Welsh connections to the US space program. For example, did you know that the former longtime director of the Johnson Space Center, George Abbey, whose mother was a Welsh-speaker from Laugharne, Pembrokeshire, sent a picture of Dylan Thomas on a space shuttle mission? Please join us at the Welsh Heritage Centre, at 307 S 7th Street, Wymore for this fascinating look at the moon landings.

NASA Ambassador Julie Allen, center, with Apollo astronauts Buzz Aldrin, left and Jim Lovell, right.

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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