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Welsh Cultural Endeavor’s vice president, Dr. William Nash III, has died

Posted by on Mar 31, 2016 in Blog, Featured, News, Uncategorized | 0 comments


It is with a heavy heart that we share sad news – Dr. William Nash III, our dear friend, passed away on Sunday, March 27. He was 69.

Dr. Nash, a Pottstown resident, was the former president of the St. David’s Society of the Wyoming Valley and, until his passing, served as vice president of our organization, The Welsh Cultural Endeavor of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Without his efforts, this organization would have never survived.

His obituary, which appeared in the Pottstown newspaper, The Mercury, appears below. The Welsh Cultural Endeavor extends its deepest condolences to Mr. Nash’s loved ones in their time of loss. He was a Welshman of the finest stock, and we were proud to have called him a friend and a Cymbro.

Contributions from his Welsh friends may be made to the Dr. William L. Nash III Scholarship Fund for Music Study c/o The Welsh Cultural Endeavor of Northeastern Pennsylvania on our Donate page via PayPal or mailed to 10 Skyview Dr., Dallas, PA 18612.


Dr. William L. Nash III, 69, of Pottstown, husband of Janet N. (Nossal) Nash, passed away on Sunday, March 27, 2016 at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.

Born in Kingston, PA, he was a son of the late Raymond S. Nash and the late Margaret (Zimmerman) Nash. Bill was a music educator for Quakertown Community School District for thirty years retiring in 1998. He also was the music director at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Boyertown for 18 years, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Pottstown for 22 years, and Parkside United Church of Christ for one year. He was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Pottstown, Stichter Masonic Lodge #254, Pottstown, American Guild of Organists, The Antique & Classic Boat Society, and PA Music Educators’ Association.

Surviving, besides his wife, are a son, William J. Nash, Pottstown, and a daughter, Adrienne Nash Melendez wife of Carlos, Coatesville.

A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 1, from Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Hanover & Walnut Streets, Pottstown. Officiating will be Reverend Phillip Waselik. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park. 

Contributions may be made in his memory to Emmanuel Lutheran Church “Organ Fund”, 150 N. Hanover St., Pottstown, PA 19464. Arrangements were by the Schumacher & Benner Funeral Home & Crematory, at 359 King St. in Pottstown, PA. Our web site exists to serve the friends and family of the deceased.

Go to to extend sympathies and access additional service details.

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Watch The Trailer!

Posted by on Feb 24, 2013 in Featured | 0 comments



It was Cymro like 94-year young historian, author, and sought after lecturer Bill Hastie featured here who not only spoke about Welsh beginnings in our region, but also lived it.  Hastie spanning several decades began as an anthracite miner as seen here and with his sharp intellect recollects our effects on industry, government, Christianity, music and literature.  Also incorporated are three other selected interviews with noted experts Fiona Powell, Tony Brooks, and Dr. Richard Loomis along with striking scenery from Wales and our encompassing northeast region.  For a donation of $30 this 141-minute chronicle featuring Welsh narration, stirring song and video can be yours.

Titled – Pwy Sydd Fel Nyni ? – Neb!   or  “Who Is Like Us ? – Nobody!  ….It will leave no doubt!

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“Pwy Sydd Fel Nyni? Neb!” – The DVD

Posted by on Jan 7, 2013 in Blog, Featured, News, Portfolio | 0 comments

DVD FRONT COVER…or (Who Is Like Us? – Nobody!)

Discover on this DVD…

  1. Who are the Welsh, where are we from and what are we all about?
  2. Why we’re not at all like the English
  3. Video scenes from Wales and Northeastern Pennsylvania
  4. Heritage interviews with noted regional Welsh authors, historians, anthracite coal miners and folklorists
  5. Huge folk gatherings – Christian revival, powerful singing, musical and literary competition
  6. Our effects on government, industry, spirituality, agriculture and what we overcame

TOTAL RUNNING TIME:  141 minutes


“Pwy Sydd Fel Nyni? Neb!” (WHO IS LIKE US? Nobody!)

Created And Presented To You From:

The Welsh Cultural Endeavor of Northeastern Pennsylvania

Produced and Directed by George C. Horwatt

©2010 George C. Horwatt


 Margaret Heness Horwatt, Anna Thomas,  Mary Heness Ward – Bladge Hill, Edwardsville, Pennsylvania…



…selected interviews with :

Richard M. Loomis, Ph.D

Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County

Professor Richard Loomis was born in Denver, Colorado, with Welsh blood emanating from the name Morgan on his mother’s side.

Richard’s formal education began with a BA from John Carroll University, MA & Ph.D from Cornell University (Ph.D 1959, in Medieval & Renaissance Literature).

He was a professor of English at King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, PA, and Nazareth College, Rochester NY.  His publications include Dafydd ap Gwilym: The Poems;  Edition and translation of The Life of St. Hugh of Avalon:  Bishop of Lincoln, 1186-1200, by Gerald of Wales.

He was an invited speaker at a conference honoring St. Hugh held at Lincoln, England and was also the keynote speaker at NAASWCH (North American Association for the Study of Welsh Culture & History) conference held at Rio Grande, Ohio, speaking on Guto’r Glyn a celebrated Welsh poet of the Fifteenth Century.

Professor Loomis also is recognized for these two translations, “Culhwch and Olwen” and “Arthur in Geoffrey of Monmouth” which are included in the new Third Edition of The Romance of Arthur, edited by Norris Lacy and published by Routledge, U. K.

He is a founding member of the St. David’s Society of Rochester and the Genesee Region from 1976 and a member of the St. David’s Society of Wyoming Valley from 1994.  Within this decade, he was the author of a novel on Gerald of Wales, titled “The Song of Giraldus,” and he has other works of historical fiction.

With his wealth of knowledge and keen talent, perhaps it is no coincidence that Dick Loomis eventually settled in this bastion of Welsh culture.  Currently Dr. Loomis is an active and frequent advisor to The Welsh Cultural Endeavor of Northeastern Pennsylvania where he provides much assistance in dealing in with Welsh projects.



William A. Hastie

Anthracite Miner / Historian / Lecturer

– West Pittston, Luzerne County


Welshman Bill Hastie had been an anthracite coal miner for many years. He was thrown out of work and would never return as a miner – his last mining job abruptly ending on January 22, 1959 when the Susquehanna River crashed through a thin rock roof of River Slope Mine of the Knox Coal Company. Scheduled to work later that day, his life was spared as 12 men died and 69 others escaped disaster in the Pittston area of Port Griffith, Luzerne County.

Hastie’s life changed forever – with no job for a substantial period, he took a lesser paying job at Standard Equipment Company in Kingston, Luzerne County. Welshmen known as the Powell and Davies Tractor Company founded the firm. The name changed when another Welshman by the name of Ben L. Jenkins secured financing for the heavy mining equipment dealership that sold names like Euclid and Terex.

Jenkins at the time was the prime leader in Welsh events of the Wyoming Valley. He soon recognized that Bill was an extraordinarily self-learned man in many subjects, especially Welsh culture and coal mining. In 1960, Jenkins encouraged Hastie to deliver his first lecture during the Warrior Run Welsh Presbyterian Church Centenary. He continues now 50 years later with dozens of newspapers, radio and television station op-ed pieces and interviews. Most recently, he was a consultant for local author Robert P. Wolensky, who wrote the books, The Knox Mine Disaster and The Voices of the Knox Disaster. With modesty, he prides himself with the fact that uncountable students conferred with him for numerous school projects. He is not only quick with unlimited facts and dates, but articulates his points with picturesque reality and detail

– Welsh lifestyle being his specialty. At age 93, it remains unsurprising to find this amazing man in front of a camera. Or behind a microphone. Or behind the podium of a packed house.

When asked how he became so exceptionally educated, he simply replied, – “I did a tremendous amount of reading and listened closely.”




Anthony T. P. Brooks

Historian / Lecturer

– Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County


Tony Brooks is a tenth generation native of Pennsylvania descending from Isaac Bennett, an original shareholder in the Susquehanna Company who came to the Wyoming Valley to plant crops in 1762. Isaac’s nephew Thomas Bennett was in the “Forty Fort” during the 1778 Battle and Massacre of Wyoming.

Don’t let the lineage fool you. Tony claims to be a perfect blend of seven different nationalities that make up the Wyoming Valley – from Connecticut Yankee farmers, Irish canal workers, and German butchers to English miners, Welsh Methodists, and Byzantine Catholics. Tony is a true product of the Wyoming Valley.

Since December 2008, Tony has served as the executive director of the Luzerne County Historical Society, the first county historical society in Pennsylvania. He is responsible for the Luzerne County Museum, the Bishop Memorial Library, the Denison House and the Swetland Homestead. The Society has 823 members and he’s always looking for more.

If there is any information on Wyoming Valley history available, Tony can and will find it.

A native of Forty Fort, he is a graduate of Wyoming Valley West and the University of Pennsylvania where he studied history. He lives in downtown Wilkes-Barre.




Fiona Siobhan Powell

Folklorist / Storyteller / Radio Broadcaster

– Milton, Northumberland County


Fiona Powell spent her childhood wandering around Europe, when she wasn’t ensconced in a “very proper” school in England, learning Latin, History, and how to speak “BBC received”.

Her ancestors hail from Brecon, located just above the famous coal mining valleys, and it was to Wales that she returned in her early teens, promising to the land of her fathers her everlasting fealty.

After attending an Agricultural College, Fiona worked as a shepherd until moving to the USA in 1988, with her four children. Not being able to find any employment in the agriculture sector, Fiona accidentally fell into storytelling and turned her lifelong passion for Celtic folklore into a career. Fiona is a folklorist specializing in the folklore and stories of her people, their history, and the stories of Welsh immigration into Pennsylvania. She has researched the lives of infamous Welshmen, such as Joseph Parry as well as the unsung heroes, coal miners and ironworkers, who lived their lives in obscurity.

Fiona is a rostered artist with the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts, specializing in early childhood education, taking stories to schools and Headstart organizations.

Fiona also works for WVIA Radio, as a producer and on–air host. Not able to stay away from her native Wales for very long, she continues her studies in folklore and history in old Cymru.

As she captivates spellbound audiences with endless Welsh folklore, time seems irrelevant. At the conclusion of the program, it is difficult to come away from a gathering with Fiona without a lump in your throat or a dry eye – even if you’re not Welsh.


…also breathtaking scenery taken from Northeastern Pennsylvania and Wales and a with Welsh narrator…


THE WELSH by Wynn Griffith

The Pattern of Life

The Oxford Dictionary defines a nation as ‘ A distinct race of people, characterized by common descent, language or history, usually organized as a separate political  state and occupying a define territory.’

Until Act of Union in 1536, Wales fulfilled these requirements.  Since then, it has, like England, ceased to be ‘organized as a separate political state’.  But no one would suggest that political union with England had in any way deprived Wales of its remaining rights to recognition as a nation, or that government from London had turned a Welshman into an Englishman, except for the purposes of a common system of law.  However, it is as difficult for a Welshman to argue his title to his nationality as it is for an Englishman to subordinate his own claims, and for the same reason:  they both take it for granted, and they can only invite any doubter to ‘come and see for himself’.

Sir Alfred Zimmerman, whose residence in Wales qualified him to speak with knowledge of its people, and whose wide experience of other peoples protected him from hasty generalizations, says that, ‘Welshmen are the inheritors of a civilization which is both very ancient and very distinctive.  How ancient I will not presume to say, but Wales and the Welshmen of Giraldus Cambrensis are at least as true to the modern type as the England and the Englishmen of Chaucer…  How truly distinctive Welsh civilization is becomes clear to anyone who will reflect on the significance of the survival of the Welsh language.  Welsh has survived because it represents something – a spirit, a culture, a national character, an atmosphere – which, unlike its compeers in Scotland and Ireland, in Cornwall and the Isle of Man, cannot survive the transformation into English.  Through the record of their political relations with the dominant partner may seem to belie it, there are in fact greater and more-deep seated differences between the English and the Welsh than between the English and the Irish.  This becomes clear enough to anyone, whether English of familiar with England, who has penetrated, preferably on foot, into the out-of-the-way parts of both countries.


The Pattern of Life Continues

Struggling for identity everywhere they went, the Welsh undoubtedly made their impact in the new world.  Penn’s Woods was no exception.  William Penn, a Welshman with Tudor lineage, declared his land charter ‘New Wales’ – a refuge for persecuted Quakers that eventually became the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

For Northeastern Pennsylvania, the 1750s brought land grants for thousands of English settlers known as ‘Connecticut Yankees’.  As famine, disease, economic decline, and religious persecution escalated in Europe, a second wave of immigrants appeared decades later in this area of the Commonwealth.  They were Welsh or, as they were known, Cymry.  Attracted to the rich soil and the region’s natural resources of coal, iron, and timber, their presence became integral to the area.

Despite the Act of Union of 1536 two centuries earlier, this distinct ethnicity never assimilated with England.

The propagation of Welsh lifestyle not only negates the torrid ancestral act, but also exemplifies the stark dissimilarities that inhabit the Northeastern Pennsylvania region centuries later within the realm of poetry, prose, music, Christian lifestyle, industrialization, and governance. No doubt, we mirrored Wales for over three centuries and more than anywhere in the U. S.

Learn why many area descendants throughout the generations of old Cymru still return home and hunger for origin.


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Parade of Trees Advancing Welsh Awareness – 6th Year

Posted by on Dec 5, 2012 in Blog, Featured, News, Past Events | 0 comments


~~~(Left) Grotto Christmas Tree-2015… (Left – Richard Davis, Joan Horwatt and Louise Davis)  (Right) Richard and Louise Davis, George Horwatt – President, Joseph  and Irma Paglianite- founder, Grotto Pizza~~~

Parade of Trees Advancing Welsh Awareness

The 20th annual Parade of Trees is once again under way at Grotto Pizza, Harveys Lake, PA with a Christmas tree competition for the benefit of various area charities. Grotto Pizza was founded at this location in 1953 by Joseph A. Paglianite a Dallas resident, and over several decades expanded his operation to 20 restaurants in Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland.  Paglianite says their Harveys Lake Pennsylvania sponsored event has generated more than $140,000 for charities in Northeastern Pennsylvania.  Joe, known for his sharp wit and humor, stated that his Welsh ancestry comes from Calabria Italy, which he knows is close to Wales.  Even at age 88 he admits that it’s hard to stay away from the day-to-day activity of his business and is still actively involved.


Again, this year’s sponsor of the Welsh tree is Attorney John H. Kennedy of Harveys Lake, who is a well-respected and highly recommended personal injury law practitioner.  Kennedy is also proud in the fact that he is Welsh through his mother the former Marian Jones.  Kennedy boasts that his grandfather John Henry Jones for many years had a tailoring shop located in the Heights section of Wilkes-Barre, which was predominately Welsh.  The Welsh Cultural Endeavor of Northeastern Pennsylvania is again honored to have ‘one of our own’ to sponsor this Christmas season.


Typically, a business sponsors one of about two dozen or more trees for $150 and Grotto dedicates half of the entry fee to the desired charity.  Organizers and friends adorned the tree with Welsh artifacts such as love spoons, Welsh phrased ornaments, pewter statues of St. David, his banners, Y Ddraig Goch flags for the sixth year in a row.  At the base of the tree there is a manger (only one of two displayed), a recent copy of the organization’s DVD titled Pwy Sydd Fel Nyni? – Neb! or Who Is Like Us? – Nobody!  Placed next to the tree is a mailbox marked CYMRU which displays website contact information, DVD order forms, and information of interesting upcoming Welsh events are placed under the tree.


The program is a win-win situation for everyone involved; the restaurant draws crowds and additional revenue to supplement their off-season, the business sponsor receives media publicity, and the charity receives recognition as patrons donate money to their selected favorite and deposit an envelope in a box.  Half of the entry fee goes to the charity and the other half goes to a pool.  At the end of the Parade of Trees, the top three winners (based on total dollars raised) share the pool among the charities they are supporting.


The Welsh Cultural Endeavor of Northeastern Pennsylvania was founded by Dr. William L. Nash, III and George C. Horwatt in 2006 for the purpose of recognizing Welsh identity and accomplishment in all northeastern counties of Pennsylvania which were very diverse.  They will be using the donations to cover expenses incurred in the upgrade and expansion of their website and for the development for new planned events.









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Richard Burton reads Dylan Thomas

Posted by on Nov 19, 2012 in Blog, Featured, Videos | 0 comments

Richard Burton reads Dylan Thomas – from ‘Under Milk Wood’: Rev. Eli Jenkins’ poem…

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Posted by on Nov 18, 2012 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

who like us

Thousands have this priceless gift of unmatched heritage…

…but rarely discover


So, where is Wales? CLICK HERE to find out more!

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