History at Home: Welsh Settlement & Peniel Welsh Chapel

Event Type: Library Event
Date: 5/16/2019
Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Time: 7:30 PM
 People of Wales immigrated to Fond du Lac and Winnebago counties in the 1800s, building five churches and bringing with them their worship practice of singing hymns in four-part harmony. Members of the Peniel Chapel in Rosendale began in 1923 to share their event, Gymanfa Ganu (translated as Gathering for Singing), which continues today.

Peniel Chapel board members Carolee Schultz, Tom White and Diane Owens Lemke will share the history of Welsh settlement in this area. They’ll talk about efforts to renovate the chapel, one of only two churches of the original five still standing. They might event share a traditional song or two in the Gymanfa Ganu mode, which is celebrated as an annual event at Welsh churches across Wisconsin. The program is free; no registration required.

History at Home focuses on stories about the area's past every third Thursday of the month at 2 pm and repeated at 6 pm (no program in December). Many History at Home programs are captured on video and shared on the library's YouTube channel. That link can be found at

Location: Eugene G. McLane Meeting Room