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Slate Valley Welsh Heritage Weekend (VT/NY)
June 10 @ 9:00 am - June 12 @ 4:00 pm
Friday / Saturday / Sunday, June 10 / 11 / 12, 2016 – “Welsh Heritage Weekend in the Vermont / New York Slate Valley”, organized by Poultney Area St. David’s Society; Co-hosts include, but are not limited to: the Welsh-American Genealogical Society, Inc. and St. John’s Episcopal Church. Additional details, co-hosts and sponsors will be publicly named as they become available.
Friday, June 10, 2016 – “Independently Tour the Slate Valley” – 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m., independently tour the Slate Valley’s several communities, their shops, markets, restaurants, chamber of commerce offices and beautiful country clubs. For anyone having heritage to the slate valley, it is a good time to visit town clerk offices or make connections with the Fair Haven Historical Society, Castleton Historical Society, Hubbardton Historical Society, Hubbardton Battlefield Museum, Poultney Historical Society, West Pawlet and Pawlet Historical Societies, Green Mountain College’s Welsh Room Collection, Castleton University Library, Pember Museum & Library, Skeenesborough Museum, public libraries in Castleton, Fair Haven, Poultney, Pawlet, Whitehall and Salem; or visit the cemeteries of the valley where one’s ancestors are at rest. For caravan and tent camping, it is a great season to visit the Vermont State Parks of Lake St. Catherine in Poultney and Lake Bomoseen in Castleton. We can also recommend several bed and breakfast locations – email us for more details.
The Vermont/New York “Slate Valley” comprises the townships of – Benson, West Haven, West Castleton, Caslteton, Blissville, Hydeville, Hubbarton, Fair Haven, North Poultney, Farnamsville, Poultney, East Poultney, South Poultney, Wells, North Pawlet, Pawlet, West Pawlet, West Rupert and Rupert in Vermont and Hampton, Jamesville, Raceville, Truthville, Middle Granville, Granville, South Granville, Porter, West Hebron, Whitehall, and Salem in New York.
Friday, June 10, 2016 – “Gathering of the Clans Pub Night Dinner” – 5:30 p.m. to ?? – if there is sufficient interest, we will organize this event.
Friday, June 10, 2016 – “Independently Tour the Slate Valley Museum” – 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m., tour the Slate Valley Museum and learn more about the Vermont / New York Slate Valley’s slate industry, its history and the people who emigrated to it from Wales and other nations. Location: 17 Water Street, Granville, Washington County, New York.
Saturday, June 11, 2016 – “Researching your Welsh Family Tree” – 9:30 p.m. to NOON in a Poultney, Rutland County, Vermont location to be announced – presentation by Susan Davies Sit, Genealogist, born in North Wales. Susan has been researching her own family tree in Wales, England, Scotland and the USA for more than 40 years. She also enjoys helping others in their genealogy research, mostly in Wales and the USA. She is President of the Welsh Society of Western New England and a member of the Welsh-American Genealogical Society. Some of the topics the presentation will cover include are: life in Wales before emigration to the USA, values of US and UK census records, birth, marriage and death (BMD) records, US state records, newspapers, obituaries, use of paid websites for research and compiling a family tree.
The Saturday morning session will be followed by luncheon and one-on-one 15 minute sessions with Susan. $25.00 per person pre-registration fee will be required through the Welsh-American Genealogical Society, Inc. (WAGS), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Event details are still in the planning stages; more details will follow. Tax-deductible donations to WAGS will be gratefully appreciated and will be publicly acknowledged. Contact: WAGS – c/o 60 Norton Ave., Poultney, VT 05764-1029; message phone – (802)-287-5744.
Saturday, June 11, 2016 – “3rd Annual Welsh Heritage Evening Service” – 4:00 p.m. – at historic St. John’s Episcopal Church, East Main Street, East Poultney, Vermont. The service will include Welsh hymns and special music performed on the church’s historic pump organ; and scripture is read in the Welsh language. The service is spoken in the English language. Tea Social in the garden follows the service, weather permitting. Free will offering at the service shall benefit the St. John’s Episcopal Church’s historic preservation fund.
Saturday, June 11, 2016 – “Gathering of the Clans Dinner” – 6:00 p.m. – Event details are still in the planning stages; more details will follow. Prepaid preregistration will be required through Poultney Area St. David’s Society.
Sunday, June 12, 2016 – “Flashmob Worship Together” – 10:00 a.m. – Event details are still in the planning stages; more details will follow.
Sunday, June 12, 2016 – “Gymanfa Ganu and Te Bach” – 2:00 p.m. – Event details are still in the planning stages; more details will follow.