The St. David’s
Welsh Society of Greater Kansas City began life in 1893 as a
benevolent association of Welsh immigrants settling in the metropolitan
area. The Society assisted with their adjustment and settling into life
in an American Midwestern city. Since that time it has become a place
for those with Welsh heritage to honor and celebrate their roots in a
land filled with history, wonder, faith, and beauty.
Elaine James, 816-942-2446
Annual Dues date: March
Mail check payable to SDWS
606 Tam O’Shanter Dr.
Kansas City MO 64145
President, Evan Ash
V.P, Programs, Carolyn Adkins
V.P., Membership, Bob Adkins
Secretary, Doug Wyatt
Treasurer, Larry Griffiths
At Large: Bill Ames, Evan Ash,
Elaine James, Ann McFerrin,
Katherine Spencer, Sue Walston
The board meets once a year in the
spring to plan the meetings, with further communications via email.
The Irish Center is located in the lower
level of the west wing of Kansas City's
historic Union Station, 30 W. Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO 64108.
have included an introduction to the 6th century life of St. David -
patron saint of Wales, Madoc - the Welshman who discovered America 300
years before Columbus, and the tradition of Welsh poets who gave rise to
the rich Welsh tradition of vocal music.
When there is
sufficient interest, Welsh language courses are organized for
Although Wales shares a close
political and social history with the rest of Great Britain, it has
retained a distinct cultural identity. Wales is officially
English languages having equal status. The Welsh language is an
important element of
Welsh culture, and its use is supported by national policy. Over
580,000 Welsh speakers live in Wales, more than 20% of the population.
From the late 19th century onwards, Wales acquired its popular image as
the "land of song," attributable in part to the revival of the
Daffodil - Welsh National Flower
Members and their families gather at least four times each year for
distinctive events to enjoy their heritage. When possible, the Society takes
part in special events such as a visiting Welsh Rugby team and the tour
of the North American Welsh Choir.
Sunday June 21 2015 at 2:00 pm
at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral 13th and Broadway, KCMO will present
Sounds of a Sacred Land -The Music of Paul Mealor presented by
The St. David’s Welsh Society
Of Greater Kansas City.
performed by The Te Deum Chamber Choir, Matthew Christopher Shepard,
April of 2011, the world’s attention was held by a romantic moment that
touched all in a joyful and hopeful way – the royal wedding of Prince
William and Lady Katherine Middleton. The grandeur and spirit
of that event was punctuated by the musical score crafted by a young
Welsh composer named Paul Mealor. His music continues to
highlight the world and this special royal family in a classical, sacred
and modern manner.
here for the
flyer featuring the event.
SUMMARY OF THE PAST YEAR: 2013 - 2014
presented a series of six seminars on Welsh History with a video from
BBC. Beginning with pre-history it carried over to current times. The
seminars were held on Saturday evening, May through October at Bob
Evans' Restaurant, 91st and Metcalf, Overland Park, KS.
The Welsh Society rented a booth at The British Faire
November 16th. Lynn and Evan Ash volunteered. They focused on
the music of Wales, past to present.
In December, the film, "A Child's Christmas in Wales"
was shown, Evan Ash, presenter.
On Saturday, February First, Brad Furnish
presented the Welsh film, "Proud Valley", starring Paul Robeson.
entertaining and educational courses on Welsh life, past and present,
such as the Brother Cadfael television series, The Constable
Evans mysteries of Rhys Bowen, and the book of ancient Welsh tales,
The Mabiogion, are offered.
Saturday August 23, 4:00 PM “The Proud
Valley”, presented by Brad Furnish, to be shown at The Irish
Center, Union Station. We are very grateful to the Center for letting
us meet there.
Map of Wales
information about Society activities and other Welsh related topics,
please call Evan Ash at (913) 768-7006 email
firstname.lastname@example.org and Larry
Griffiths at (913) 378-6547.
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Welsh Heritage Project
Bywyd Cymreig - Welsh Life
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