29 March 2011

Sharing Research Finds

I'll be at the Welsh League of Arizona meeting in Phoenix on April 2nd, sharing the information I found whilst researching Dragon & Hawk:  Here  is the newsletter alert with directions and a map. Hope to see a good number of familiar faces!


12 – 2 P.M.

Construction Alert:   Due to the Celtic Library construction the Central Avenue entrance is closed.  Come in on Portland (just south of the center) and through the hotel parking lot into the Irish Cultural Center lot.

Our Program
Jude Johnson will share findings of her research on Welsh immigrants in the Arizona Territory, including prominent and not-so-prominent citizens and their impact on towns in Southern Arizona prior to statehood. Tucson pioneers Samuel and L.C. Hughes will be included as well as Copper Queen mine managers Ben and Lewis Williams, plus a few of the Cymry who ended up on the Bisbee deportation list of 1917.

Jude has written three novels utilizing this research. Dragon & Hawk, the first of the series, is in the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth, and she is happy to report that it, as well as any and all sequels, have now been contracted for publication through Champagne Books of Alberta, Canada. Dragon & Hawk is scheduled for initial ebook release on 11 April 2011.

"Native by proxy" to Arizona, Jude has kept her day job as a chiropractic physician in private practice. She lives in Tucson with her husband, son (when he isn't in college at Point Loma University in San Diego), two deranged cats, Bob the Gila Monster, and Big Kitty the Bobcat who frequents the back yard.

New Contact Information For Welsh League
Our New Mailing Address: 4326 N. 57th Place, Phoenix, AZ 85018
Our New E-Mail Address: azwelshleague@gmail.com

Language Classes
The Phoenix Welsh class meets Tuesday evenings at the Irish Cultural Center.  There is an intermediate class at 5:00 p.m., a beginners’ class at 6:00, and a more advanced class at 7:15.  All are welcome to stay for all segments. For more details on the schedule check with John Good at 623-939-0209.

The Tucson Thursday night language meets at Lynn Watts’ house.  Call her at 520-403-7210.

All Are Welcome

Welsh League of Arizona is an inclusive group.  If you are interested in the culture of Wales and enjoy a good time relaxing and mingling with lively people you are welcome.  You do not have to be of Welsh ancestry or speak Welsh – but you might be surprised at how many are learning in Arizona.

Welsh League of Arizona is proud to be a member of the Arizona Celtic Cultural Association.  This group promotes co-operation among all the Celtic groups in the state.  See more at their web site: azcelts.org

The Irish Cultural Center is on Central Avenue just south of McDowell Road and the bridge over the I-10 Freeway.  It is located in Hance Park but has its own entrance and generous parking lot entered from Central Ave.  The easiest way to reach it is to drive down Central south of McDowell, cross the bridge and take the first right into the driveway. The building is made of stone with a slate roof and looks like a large cottage.   Note the construction alert at the beginning of this e-mail. 

Welsh League of Arizona
4326 N. 57th Place
Phoenix, AZ 85018
E-mail: azwelshleague@gmail.com

If you are not yet a member we would welcome you to join our active group.  Annual dues are $15 for an individual and $25 for a family.  You can pay on our web site through PayPal, send a check to the address above or bring it to a meeting.


  1. Thank you, Rosemary! I wish I could come to Scotland! ;-)