Chicago’s Welsh Families
The Welsh have been part of the fabric of Chicago from its very beginnings. The few who settled here when it was no more than an outpost on the prairie grew to many thousands once the fledgling city was established; soon to become the fastest growing metropolis on the continent. In the mid to late nineteenth century and well into the first half of the twentieth century Chicago’s Welsh community was thriving. The pinnacle of their success was a three day ‘international’ eisteddfod in September 1893 in conjunction with the World’s Columbian Exposition/World’s Fair. Welsh churches and societies abounded and Welsh was regularly spoken in the homes of Chicago’s Welsh families. Many of these families helped build the city and contributed to its growth and development. We want to recognize and celebrate those Welsh families.
As part of the 160th anniversary of the Cambrian Benevolent Society (established January 31st, 1853) to be celebrated in 2013 we are gathering information about Chicago’s Welsh families. Are you part of a Chicago Welsh family? Would you like to participate? We will display all items, artifact, photos etc. at our St David’s Day dinner in the Carleton Hotel in Oak Park on Saturday, March 2nd 2013. We are particularly interested in families who have had close ties to the Cambrian society as members or Board members. Two of our current board members are 3rd generation Welsh Americans and there are many more of you out there. Please contact us.
Project coordinator: Dilys Rana firstname.lastname@example.org 847-251-3214