HSGPV is a Canadian non-profit society, operated solely by volunteers, dedicated to preserving and promoting the historical and cultural heritage of Germans from Poland & Volhynia. We maintain a research library
located in Edmonton, Alberta in Western Canada.
Library Hours & Public Access: Thursday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors welcome! Guest WIFI available! Volunteer librarian available to assist patrons.
Our origins stem from showcasing the private holdings of Ewald Wuschke, a major contributor to research in these areas. Donations over the years have increased our library collection to include over 2000 books, periodicals, maps, etc. Research materials also include other European, Canadian localities & global and cultural groups to facilitate genealogical pursuits. Enjoy perusing our resources in Library Collection!
VOLHYNIAN VILLAGE ADVENTURE TOURS May 20-30 and September 7-17, 2019. See Advertisment and ROOTS TOUR BROCHUREfor more information. ANOTHER DATE ADDED!June 10-19, 2019: This particular tour will be in Ukraine, particularly Western Volhynia as well as in Poland. This would be a unique opportunity to see two countries in one trip. We will see two capitals and would visit the most attractive places in Poland and Ukraine. If you are interested in this proposal please do not hesitate to contact me for more details. I’m sure all of you have your Must see villages. If you make your reservation before March 15, I guarantee you 20% off my regular time! This saves you 400 USD. Best regards, Alex
Do you have family stories you would like to share? The HSGPV newsletter is always looking for content so if you have any family stories, historical research or announcements such as birthdays, anniversaries, or obituaries, please send them to the HSGPV office. Collecting stories? How about orally … and digitally?Edmonton Public Library has a kit for you can borrow! See our Resourcespage for more information.
This magazine is treasured by researchers and a complete set can be bought through HSGPV-News
HSGPV exists because of Ewald Wuschke’s research spanning 50 years. In the late 1990s, Wuschke donated his research and Wandering Volhynianscollection, forming the foundation of the library of the HSGPV.
Edmonton was selected as a site for his extensive collection because it already had a large German and European community, and Wuschke believed that the establishment of a library would be an asset. His vision was that a historical society could preserve and promote an understanding of the German heritage of the Volhynian and Polish Congress regions. It would also lend itself to expansion of resources from other donators and support further research.
Several locations were considered. Wuschke, and a steering committee of five Edmontonians, accepted a generous offer by the Trinity Lutheran Church in Old Strathcona to house the library. The formation of The Historical Society of Germans from Poland and Volhynia soon followed with an initial membership of around 60 members.
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