About CHS

(Society logo designed by Tom Muich)

Society Purpose and Activities

The purpose of the Cambrian Heritage Society, organized in 1984, is to foster and encourage interest in Welsh hymnology and the culture, customs, and traditions of the Welsh people. Any person of Welsh lineage or any other person interested in the Society’s purpose is eligible for membership. Yearly dues are $10 for individuals or $15 for couples or families. Members receive the Society’s newsletter  Newyddion Cumreig –by mail or by e-mail–to inform  them of upcoming meetings and other news of interest. as well as the directory of members.

If you use Facebook, please join the Cambrian Heritage Society of Madison, Wisconsin groupClick on https://www.facebook.com/groups/417484435128/  to make a request to join.   (Thanks to Trefor Williams for providing this link.)

Fall and spring gatherings feature speakers or performances of interest to members. Recent gatherings have featured programs including

  • A performance by an Ambassador String Quartet from the Madison Youth Symphony Orchestra,
  • A presentation entitled “Welsh Language Broadcasting: Savior of the Language of Heaven?” by Trefor Williams
  • A presentation entitled “Adventures of a Fulbright  Exchange Teacher from Wales” was given by Paul Rogers, a teacher from  Caldicot Comprehensive School in southeast Wales who had spent the 2000-01 year teaching biology at Monona Grove High School
  • Llecture about Dr. Joseph Parry by music scholar and  Parry biographer Dr. Dulais Rhys.
  • Welsh and other Celtic music with Turner Collins  playing the harp and providing commentary
  • Ripon College student Lindsay Spindler and her  instructors Dr. Suzanne Katz and Dr. Mary Williams-Norton discussed and showed slides of their “Maymester” trip to North Wales to visit  primary schools in May, 2005.
  • Members competed in a “bake-off” to choose their favorite recipe for Welsh cakes. The winner was Cynthia Bagley.
  • The Society helped plan and carry out a very successful  a “Welsh Weekends for Everyone” in Wisconsin Dells May 3-4, 2008.
  • Michael O’Rourke performed Dylan Thomas’s “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” (If you want to contact Michael about arranging a performance, phone 608-223-6803 or send e-mail to sfxfilms@gmail.com .)
  • At our annual celebrations of St. David we have enjoyed Welsh trivia quizzes prepared by pupils of Ysgol Gynradd Henllan in Denibighshire, North Wales.  See our  CWISYS for  examples

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Several Society members (and family) organized by Mona Everett set up displays,  provided handouts, led singing. and provided and tried out activities at Old World Wisconsin on June 8, 2013, in support of  British Heritage Week  (photos by Kim Corbin)  For kite-making instructions go to  http://bryncedrwydd.net/kite .

Many gatherings also featured  Welsh language lessons led by Avril Hanson, Kevin Rottet, or another fluent Welsh speaker, singing of Welsh hymns and folk songs, and a lavish te bach.

Jean McCarragher organized the Society’s first annual Gymanfa Ganu in 2000. It was held in conjunction with a St. David’s Day luncheon on February 26, 2000, and directed by Trefor Williams.

Society Affiliates:

Life Member of Welsh North American Association

(WNAA)/ Cymdeithas Gymreig Gogledd America

Great Plains Welsh Heritage Project

If you have comments or questions about this site, please contact Mary Williams-Norton at williamsnorton1858@centurytel.net .

(Note:  Many thanks are due to Mat Bolwerk at Ripon College for his assistance in getting this website up and running.  Diolch yn fawr iawn, iawn, Mat!)