Welcome to HSGPV! A Canadian society dedicated to preserving and promoting the historical and cultural heritage of Germans from Poland & Volhynia. We maintain a research library specializing in these regions in Edmonton, Alberta in Western Canada. 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 and North American localities and cultural groups to facilitate genealogical pursuits. Enjoy perusing our extensive resources in Library Collection!
Our library is open every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is open to the public. A volunteer librarian is available to assist patrons. Visitors from outside Edmonton may book a private appointment. Membership is $25 annually, which allows borrowing privileges. Newsletters are published twice a year and available to the public. We welcome all visitors! We welcome new members! Volunteer opportunities are available and include Board sub-committees. Enjoy your time with us!
HSGPV was involved at Heritage Days for the second year in a row, partnering with AHSGR, GRHS and GFR. Visitors of all age groups were very curious about our societies, and appreciated the expertise of our volunteers. Our various free handouts about our societies and genealogy were sought-after. A favourite was the Gothic script translator for German, Polish, Russian into English! Our Take & Donate books were also popular!
HSGPV at the AGS Conference in April 2019! Our table at the Marketplace will have sale and free items!
AGS Marketplace is open to attendees or the public.
Visit us: Saturday, 27 April 2019 – 8:00 am to 5:00 pm OR Sunday, 28 April 2019 – 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Consider volunteering at our table!
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.
Please find a short overview of the GDPR, in effect as of May 25, 2018, including information for consumers. We provide this link courtesy of ZDNet, published May 23, 2018. HSGPV has made best efforts to be in compliance.
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.