From The Cornishman:
GOLOWAN, Penzance's midsummer festival, is going global this year with a theme of world culture, particularly in relation to the Cornish diaspora.
Following the decline of Cornwall's mining industry, it is estimated that between 1861 and 1901, 250,000 people left Cornwall to make a new life overseas – in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Mexico and South Africa – and 11 million people around the world can trace their ancestry to Cornwall.
A festival spokesman said: "Golowan, which runs from June 20 to 29 with Mazey Day on June 28, hopes to include a section in the festival programme about the Cornish diaspora and to hold a small exhibition on the topic.
"We need to obtain resources about this period of Cornwall's history – photographs, diary entries, advertisements for jobs overseas, posters or letters from Cornishmen who emigrated.
"We would love to hear from readers who have ancestors who were part of the diaspora.
"If you have materials Golowan would like to see them – even oral stories or anecdotes passed down, we'd be pleased to hear them."
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