Mission: To discover, preserve, interpret and celebrate the history of Welsh immigrants on the prairies of North America, in order to document this small but important group's contribution to American diversity.
Results: We have a theatre where Welsh movies (with subtitles) can be shown, a garden area enhanced by an 80 foot long mural depicting the emigration from Wales to the Midwest, a library that, when fully cataloged, will contain over a thousand volumes pertaining to Wales and Welsh America, and an archive of Welsh American organizations' records. We have the only known copy of Y Drych, the Welsh American newspaper, 1851-1999, and we do extensive family history research for people studying their Welsh ancestry.
Target demographics: Descendants of Welsh American immigrants, and the public with an interest in the history of immigration and settlement of the prairies.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Approximately 950 visitors per year; annual visits of 4th grade students to our restored schoolhouse.
Geographic areas served: North American prairies states and provinces; all of North America; Wales
Programs: Welsh American Family history research, regular columns in Welsh American publications, Ninnau and WAGS ; observation of Welsh American Heroes.
This is a group I have been privileged to work with for a few years, now. The are all top notch, work hard and focus on the common goal to produce a level of work product that should be envied by other non-profits. Doing long range planning and checking on accomplishments of established goals keep a unified and steady path to achieve them.
The Welsh-American community recognized their accomplishments when the National Welsh American Foundation awarded 2 of the Board members with the NWAF Heritage Medallion in 2010.
The memorial path in the garden attests to the honor bestowed on the Welsh ancestors of Welsh-Americans.
The Great Plains Welsh Heritage Project hosts a biennial festival where folks from around the country come together to celebrate our Welsh Heritage. We participate in traditional Welsh activities, singing and dancing. We have guest speakers who relate tales of Welsh settlers and Welsh culture. Our 4th Welsh Heritage Festival will be held Oct 7-10, 2011 and we hope to see you there!
What a wonderful project to honor our Welsh Heritage! The museum in Wymore, Nebraska is outstanding with oral histories, artifacts, displays and information about our ancestors. I learn smething new each time I visit.