Come and experience Welsh-American heritage in 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 or Vimeo .
The Mari Lwyd Joins us for Christmas Tea
The Mari Lwyd (Gray Mare) recently made her premiere at the Great Plains Welsh Heritage Centre during our Christmas Tea on December 20. Dating back hundreds of years, and possibly recalling pre-Christian traditions, the Mari Lwyd is made from a horses skull (ours is artificial), decorated and mounted on a pole. Traditionally in Wales, she would be carried from house to house asking to enter for treats by singing—the residents would play along by singing back. We had a most willing attendee carry the Mari Lloyd throughout the room while Gail Price Baker relayed the history of this unusual tradition. We want to personally thank the individuals who made this such a special Christmas event; friends from Wilbur who sang carols in Czech, our local German speakers singing “O Tannenbaum” and the Southern High School Chorus.
Ninnau Editor Visits Wymore
Megan Williams, editor of Ninnau and Y Drych, the Welsh-American monthly newspaper, visited the Great Plains Welsh Heritage Project on September 17. Board president Gwenith Closs Colgrove gave her a tour of our Welsh Heritage Centre and archives, as well as our recently-restored one-room schoolhouse. Megan will be publishing an illustrated article about her visit in the next issue of Ninnau.
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.