24th Annual Cornish Festival

Mineral Point, Wisconsin, USA
September 23, 24, 25, 2016


A Bit About The Cornish Festival

The Southwest Wisconsin Cornish Society was formed in 1991 to raise awareness of the influence the early Cornish immigrants had on SW Wisconsin in general and Mineral Point in particular. Jim Jewell was the first president of the organization that quickly grew in numbers with members scattered all around the country. Jim had long dreamed of a festival celebrating the still very visible evidence of the Cornish culture.

In 1993, Edgar Hellum, one of the restorers of the Pendarvis complex, was named a Bard of the Cornish Gorsedd for his work in saving and preserving the Cornish-built buildings on Shake Rag Street. The first festival was a one day affair with an afternoon program at the UCC Church, where Edgar was presented his Bardic certificate, in a mini-ceremony with Howard Curnow of St. Hilary, Cornwall, presiding. The day was capped off with an evening pasty banquet and program, also at the church. About 100 people attended. In 1994 the festival was expanded to two days. The Taste of Mineral Point became a part of Cornish Fest in 1995. As time went on, recognition of other Celtic peoples has been included. In keeping with our mission of education as well as entertainment, genealogy seminars were occasionally a part of the Festival.

Cousin Jacks and JennysSo come join the Cousin Jacks and Jennys at the 24th Cornish Festival & Celtic Celebration on September 23, 24, 25, 2016 in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. Please see the Event Schedule for more information.

Walker House will have room discounts for Cornish Fest attendees. Be sure to mention Cornish Fest when making reservations. Other housing options may be found on mineralpoint.com.

Cornish Memorial

A memorial to the Cornish who migrated to this region in the 1800's was installed in the Mineral Point Library by the Southwest Wisconsin Cornish Society. The memorial, a bas-relief mural of dimensional clay with colour, was commissioned to be designed and constructed by Bruce Howdle, Artist in Residence, renowned Bas Relief maker and Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Platteville. The mural includes Cornwall's mining heritage, our Cornish mining, and our farming connections.

Cornwall Family History Society Records

We are fortunate to have the records from the Cornwall Family History Society available to us on line in Southwest Wisconsin for researching our Cornish ancestors. Birth, death, and marriage records that happened in Cornwall are all accessible on CFHS records. You may contact either one of the two convenient depositories at the Southwest Wisconsin Room in the Ulsvick Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville (608-342-1719) or at the Mineral Point Library Archives in Mineral Point, Wisconsin (608-987-2447). They are available FREE for your use and you may order copies of documents from Cornwall for a small fee. Please remember that these records are a work in progress, not a finished product. We suggest you call ahead to make certain the facility is open and available on the day you wish to visit. The Mineral Point Library Archives is open on Thursday from 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

In addition to the CFHS records, you may be surprised at the array of genealogical information you may find at both of these fine libraries.

Kernow bys vykken!

(Cornwall forever!)


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