Anerchiadau a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda oddi Smoky Mountains!
And that took a lot more effort than I expected... <wincio>
Is anyone on the list affiliated with a children's school in Carmarthen?
Mr. Barry Thacker and his tireless crew at the Coal Creek Watershed
Foundation in East Tennessee have been working on an idea to set up an
exchange of cultural information between the students at Briceville
Elementary School, located in rural East Tennessee, USA, and a school in
Wales. They could become e-mail pen-pals.
Mr. Thacker, who came up with the idea, thought a school in Carmathen would
be a good place to start looking. Carmathen is where Rees R. Thomas was
born. Mr. Thomas, an immigrant coal miner in Briceville, owned a rare book
collection that was donated to Harvard in the 1800's. Briceville students
cleaned the headstone of Rees R. Thomas in Wiley Cemetery during a field
trip last May as described at
Mr. Thacker would appreciate any ideas you might have as to how we can
contact an elementary school in Carmathen to see if they are
interested. If you have suggestions, please post them to him
What they're doing is fabulous -- and neither Mr. Thacker nor his
assistant, Carol, have a drop of Welsh blood in them. You can read all
about how they became so absorbed in the history of Welsh miners in East
Tennessee at the Foundation's Web site (http://www.coalcreekaml.com
Diolch yn fawr iawn!