The California Cornish Cousins is an organization founded in November 1991 to stimulate interest in Cornish culture, to preserve Cornish heritage and to share family histories and genealogy. Membership is open to any person of Cornish heritage or any person in full accord with the stated purposes of the Society.
2022 marks the 30th Anniversary of the California Cornish Cousins Gathering
ST. PIRAN’S DAY CELEBRATION (Patron Saint of Cornwall and Miners) March 5, 2022 in Downtown Grass Valley, California
2022 ANNUAL GATHERING OF THE COUSINS June 3-5, 2022 in Grass Valley, CA. Details to follow.
HOWARD’S BOOK IS AVAILABLE NOW! Click Here for More Info or to Order
“CORNWALL MY COUNTRY” by HOWARD CURNOW
As a young boy Howard Curnow hit the local Cornish headlines when he fell under a one-ton steel roller in a field on his father’s dairy farm. He would thereafter never be completely happy when any further from Cornish soil!
In Cornwall, My Country, Howard Curnow tells the story of his remarkable and eventful life, from his early days as one of seven children on the farm in West Cornwall, including watching as German bombs fell on his St Hilary birthplace, to his 25 or more visits to the USA and Canada, setting up Cornish societies.
In 1990, he organised and hosted a ‘Grand Curnow Homecoming’ at the family farm, attended by 350 Curnows from all over the world, an event that led to him visiting North America, Australia and Cuba, setting up Cornish societies wherever he went.
No one has worked harder than Howard in the cause of preserving and championing Cornish identity and culture; from leading a ‘walk’ to London on the 500th anniversary of the Cornish Protest March to London in 1497; to reviving Cornish traditions such as St Piran’s Day celebrations and persuading Cornwall Council to fly the Cornish flag over their offices.
His tireless efforts on behalf of Cornwall were recognised by the Cornish Gorsedh in 1990 with his election as a Cornish Bard.
Sadly, Howard passed away in June 2021, aged 84, having completed the book, but before it could be published. Family and friends have ensured that his last wish has been carried out.
A wonderful new service for your ancestors in Cornwall!
Louise Hollick created a delivery service to take flowers or other tokens of remembrance to resting-places of friends/family buried in mid and west Cornwall.
Book your request online at http://www.attendservices.co.uk specifying the location, requested week of delivery and the choice of token to be delivered – flowers (some grown locally), painted stones or potted plants are all available. The journey is made to the location in the week requested, photos are taken of the site before and after the gift is in place, and write a letter (typically an A4 page in medium text) describing the visit, so that the giver has a sense of having been involved in the process. A text and photos are sent to the giver, who has a lasting memento of the location, and a feeling of connection with the place. For each delivery, a £1 donation is made to the funds of the churchyard visited (or a donation to Cornwall Hospice, if the setting is one managed by Cornwall Council) and I donate to a charity planting trees on Dartmoor to offset the carbon emissions of my journey. For questions contact Louise through her website.
California Cornish Cousins is a 501(c)7 nonprofit social organization.
Our Annual Gathering is held in June, often at mining locations on historic Highway 49.
An annual Fall Luncheon is held in October in Northern, Central and Southern California locations.
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Membership Dues in the California Cornish Cousins are $25.00/year due May 1st.
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