The Home of the Cornish in North America

The Cornish American Heritage Society:
promoting & preserving Cornish heritage
and culture in North America.

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.

What’s Happening…

Find the latest news and events for all things Cornish.

Gorsedh Kernow names 19 new Bards for 2022

Nineteen new bards will be welcomed into the College of Bards of Gorsedh Kernow at Hayle on 3rd September 2022 by the Grand Bard of Cornwall, Pol Hodge, Mab Stenak Veur, in recognition of their outstanding work in serving Cornwall. Gorsedh Kernow was established with...

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19th Gathering update!!

19th Gathering update!!

The Cornish American Heritage Society presentsThe Butte Gathering,Friday July 16 and Saturday July 17,2021The gathering will be two half sessions and take place on Zoom with a 15-minute break between speakers. The cost will be $25 for as many people as you...

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Gorsedh Kernow names 16 new Bards for 2018

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...

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Cornwall International Male Choral Festival

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...

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New Repository for Cornwall

New Repository for Cornwall

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...

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History & Heritage

The newest resources for historians & genealogists

New Book: A Boy in the Dark

New Book: A Boy in the Dark

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...

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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.

Photo of Saint Mawes Castle in Cornwall, England


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.


Photo of the walking approach to Saint Michaels Mount in Mount's Bay, Cornwall, England

Online Resources

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.


Join Us

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.