At the Great Plains Welsh Heritage Centre in Wymore, Nebraska, we have many historic artifacts, documents and photographs that tell the story of Welsh immigrants in North America and on the Great Plains. In addition to interpretive displays, our exhibits include textiles, ceramics, tools, musical instruments, furniture, historic clothing and military uniforms. Here are just a few of the items and special exhibits on display in our museum.
New! We are pleased to share a collection of items donated by Rosalind Morris, a native of Wales and long-time resident of Lincoln.
New! An original map of Wales printed in 1610 provides a view of our ancestors’ homeland in the centuries before they came to America.
Our themed exhibits often focus on how Welsh people made a living in their new country, such as mining and farming.
Come see our historic signature quilt, sewn by hundreds of Welsh Americans to commemorate and support the Denver Welsh Church more than a century ago.
Our military exhibit honors the service of Welsh-American veterans from the Civil War to the present day. In addition to many historic photographs, military uniforms are also on display.
Interpretive panels guide visitors through our exhibits, telling the rich history of Welsh people in the Great Plains region through photographs and historical documents.
Hand-carved love spoons are a centuries-old Welsh tradition which continues to this day. Suitors would carve them to give to their future brides.
This sampler was stitched in Wales by Martha Jones in 1836 when she was 11 years old. Her son, John E. Jones, settled in Wymore many years later. The Welsh bible verse from the Book of Lamentations reads “It is good for a man to bear the yoke in his youth.”
Among the musical instruments in our collection is the organ from the Bethel Welsh Church formerly located south of Wymore. The church closed in the 1960s, so the organ is one of our most treasured artifacts.
The Wall of Welsh Heroes celebrates famous
immigrants from Wales and North Americans of Welsh ancestry, including Presidents, civic leaders, scientists, and entertainers.
Cabinet maker David Beynon arrived in Nebraska in 1881. The tools he brought with him from Wales are on permanent display.
One of our most recent additions is an antique doll house brought to the United States by an immigrant from Wales. It is a replica of a playhouse built in Wales and given to the royal family in the 1930s.
There’s plenty to see at the Great Plains Welsh Heritage Centre. Come visit and make your own discoveries!