The mission of the Madog Center for Welsh Studies at the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College is to foster understanding and appreciation for Welsh heritage and contemporary Welsh culture.
The Madog Center for Welsh Studies at the University of Rio Grande is an outgrowth of the North American Association for the Study of Welsh Culture and History (NAASWCH). The first conference was held at Rio Grande in 1995 with generous support from the National Welsh-American Foundation (NWAF)., the Welsh National Gymanfa Association (now the WNAA), other Welsh donors, the Ohio Humanities Council, and the University of Rio Grande. Established by the University of Rio Grande Board of Trustees in June, 1996, the Center was housed in Wood Hall until the permanent move to the Elizabeth Davis House in 2002.
Located in the midst of one of the largest Welsh-American settlements in North America, the Madog Center for Welsh Studies has established a Resource Center and Library. The activities and programs of the Madog Center help to support the preservation of the Welsh language and culture, the arts, academics, the Welsh-American connection, and promotes local Welsh-American activities.
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Welsh Scenic Byway
The Welsh Scenic Byway, designated under the Ohio Scenic Byways Program in 1997, extends for about 64 miles through portions of Gallia and Jackson counties and follows federal, state and county highways. The byway connects elements of Welsh culture including Welsh churches, cemeteries, farm land, settlements and other cultural features.
Other attractions on the byway include the Bob Evans Farm & restaurant in Rio Grande, the Homestead Museum, log cabin village; the Madog Center for Welsh Studies, Greer Museum and University Archives; Tyn Rhos Church & Cemetery; Nebo Church & Cemetery; site of the Old Cora Mill; Sardis Church & Cemetery; Bethel Church & Cemetery; Jefferson Furnace: Horeb Church & Cemetery; Welsh-American Heritage Museum; Moriah Church & Cemetery; the Lillian Jones Museum; Cambrian Hotel building; Lewis Drug Store building; Powell Memorial; Markay Art Center; Carmel Church & Cemetery; Centerville Hill Cemetery; Peniel Church & Cemetery; and Bathania Cemetery.
The Welsh Scenic Byway is sponsored by the Jackson Chamber of Commerce, ODOT, the Welsh-American Heritage Museum and the Madog Center for Welsh Studies. For more information on the Ohio Scenic Byways go to www.ohiobyways.com
Madog Center is located in the Elisabeth Davis House on the University of Rio Grande & Rio Grande Community College campus.
Business hours: 8-5 Monday – Friday
Closed each day from 12-1 for lunch
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Welsh-American Heritage Museum
Note: WE ARE NOT THE WELSH-AMERICAN HERITAGE MUSEUM! WE CAN HELP YOU WITH QUESTIONS ABOUT THE MUSEUM, BUT IT IS SEPARATE FROM THE MADOG CENTER AND OPEN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY AT THIS TIME.