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.
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.”
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.
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.
Cabinet maker David Beynon arrived in Nebraska in 1881. The tools he brought with him from Wales are on permanent display.
The Wall of Welsh Heroes celebrates famous
immigrants from Wales and North Americans of Welsh ancestry, including Presidents, civic leaders, scientists, and entertainers.
Our themed exhibits often focus on how Welsh people made a living in their new country, such as mining and farming.
Interpretive panels guide visitors through our exhibits, telling the rich history of Welsh people in the Great Plains region through photographs and historical documents.
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!