Who We Are
The Cornish are fisherfolk, farmers, miners and merchants, scholars, saints, sometimes law-breakers. Above all, they are people of an extraordinary clan in an extraordinary land — and they know it. And so do we. We are descendants of Cornish people who emigrated to the Americas. Though we are no longer in the land of our heritage, we are linked to Cornwall by blood and by the tug of our hearts.
Find the latest news and events for all things Cornish.
The Board is looking at 2020. Our plans for a gathering in 2019 have fallen through. We were unable to find a venue that could host all of the daytime meetings in one building. As we age our mobility sometimes decreases and we are taking that into consideration. To...read more
A deep feeling of pride in being honoured with Cornish bardship will be plain to see this year as 16 proud initiates, 8 of whom are from outside Cornwall, wait to take their place among the 500 or so existing members of the College of Bards of Gorsedh Kernow. Read...read more
Start making your plans today! May is a perfect time to visit Cornwall. You have 'Obby 'Oss in Padstow, the Furry Dance in Helston, spring flowers in full bloom. And, in May 2019, you will also have this - 60 Male Voice Choirs, of all ages, numbering over 2,000...read more
The Cornwall Record Office, the Cornish Studies Library, and the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Historic Environment Record are coming together on one site in Redruth. Both existing and potential users are welcome to make comments and suggestions during the public...read more
History & Heritage
The newest resources for historians & genealogists
Ken McKechnie has a new book, The Boy In The Dark. Perhaps it has a story that includes your ancestor's experiences. Cornwall 1858: a boy descends alone into the darkness of the Wheal Emma copper mine tormented by the mystery of his father's tragic death. What clues...read more
What We Do
The Cornish American Heritage Society (CAHS) promotes and preserves Cornish heritage and culture in North America. We sponsor and participate in events throughout the continent in support of our mission. We are also committed to providing resources and information on Cornish settlement, culture, and history. You can learn more about all of this below.
CAHS maintains several projects that support and promote Cornish heritage. The Global Migration Project, CFHS Records, the Paul Smales Award, The West Briton Project, Founders Award, and Heritage Certificates are examples of these efforts.
CAHS also maintains a collection of online resources for all things Cornwall. Links to official Cornish Gathering and festival pages, as well as sites featuring Cornish history, cemeteries, nature, language, pictures, videos are but some of the offerings we make available.
We invite you to join with others in celebrating and preserving Cornish culture and heritage. Being a member of CAHS brings a variety of benefits ranging from member publications and special access to members-only content on our website to social activities throughout North America.