Second screening planned for ‘A Welsh Farmstead’

November 26, 2013

A second screening of the documentary film, “A Welsh Farmstead: The Story of the Howe Family from 1858,” will take place Dec. 10, at the Emporia Granada Theater in downtown Emporia. Doors open at 6:30, film starts at 7. If you missed the October premiere of the film, this is your chance to see the final director’s cut of this moving portrayal of local history. Copies of the film will be available for purchase at the theater. All proceeds benefit the Howe House.

Welsh immigrant Richard Howe, a stonemason, worked on many buildings in Emporia and Lyon County during his lifetime. He constructed the house just south of Emporia in 1867, and his descendants willed it to the Lyon County Historical Society in 1996. Howe House project directors Jim Hoy and Steve Hanschu noted that the story of the house has been a missing link in the regional history of Welsh settlement.

Volunteers from the Lyon County Historical Society, Flint Hills Technical College, and Emporia State University’s Center for Great Plains Studies and Department of Social Sciences received grants from the Kansas Humanities Council for the Howe project totaling just under $30,000. Collection of oral histories from local residents connected to the Howe family began in 2012 and the project was completed in October 2013. An exhibit featuring a timeline of the Howe family is on display through the end of the year at the Lyon County Historical Society.

“This project seeks to increase public awareness of Welsh settlement in Kansas, specifically in Lyon County, and to illuminate the experiences of the Howe family and its lasting significance in Emporia,” Hoy said.

Individuals who have information about the Howe family or the Welsh settlement in Lyon County are encouraged to contact Steve Hanschu or Jim Hoy at shanschu@emporia.edu or jhoy@emporia.edu, or call the Center for Great Plains Studies at 620-341-5574. 

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