The National Welsh-American Foundation (Sefydliad Cenedlaethol Cymru-America) recently awarded a grant to the Welsh-American Heritage Museum in Oak Hill.
NWAF, organized in 1980, seeks to provide a link between U.S. Welsh and Wales to preserve the Welsh language, culture and heritage. The funding will enable the museum trustees to continue with the work of preservation, cataloging and digitation of materials which started during the Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board grant project last summer.
And because of a donation from museum trustees Evan and Elizabeth Davis, the Welsh-American Heritage Museum will be open several days a week as it was last summer. The museum has secured the help of a former intern, Rachel Lyles, to continue the work of labelling exhibits, cataloging and general preservation of items.
The normal hours will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on open days, with the exception of Memorial Day.
- Friday, May 16: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Saturday, May 17: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (during Welsh Heritage Days at Bob Evans Farm in Rio Grande)
Memorial Day Weekend and Festival of Flags:
- Friday May 23: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Saturday, May 24: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Sunday, May 25: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Monday, May 26; 1-3 p.m. only
- Thursday, May 29: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Friday, May 30: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
During June, July and August, the museum will be open each Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Museum hours after Aug. 29 will be updated at a later time.
The public is invited to visit the historic Welsh Congregational Church filled with relics from Welsh immigration, displays on the Welsh imprint on the local landscape, and historical records from Welsh churches, gymanfadau and eisteddfodau — traditional Welsh musical events. There is no admission charge and the museum is handicapped accessible in the rear entrance.
For more information, contact the Madog Center for Welsh Studies at (800) 282-7201, Ext. 7186. Summer hours at the Madog Center are Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.