Curiosity In The Corn Episode 2: How Corny Was My Valley (The Welsh Among Us)

Aug 29, 2019

By the mid-1800s, white immigrants had spread across northern Illinois -- Irish, Scottish, German, Swedish -- and in community after community, their contributions are well documented. But there is another group that came here that we know little about: the Welsh.

Join hosts Clint Cargile and Connie Kuntz as they explore northern Illinois’ forgotten Welsh heritage. Travel with them to the village of Big Rock, which was settled by Welsh colonists from the "land of the leek."

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Show Notes

Big Rock Historical Society

Big Rock Plowing Match

Village of Big Rock

The Past and Present of Kane County, Illinois (1878)

Interview with Tom Jones (1987)

Theme Song

Dan Whitaker & the Shinebenders (performed live on WNIJ’s own Sessions from Studio A)