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The Historical Society of Germans from Poland and Volhynia maintains a library specializing in these regions. In particular, we showcase the private holdings of Ewald Wuschke, a major contributor to research in these areas during the 1980s and 1990s when information about these regions was difficult to obtain. Donations over the years have increased the library collection to include 2000+ books, periodicals, Cds, maps, etc. We have a wealth of resources to explore! The library is available to the public. Members of HSGPV may borrow resources.

HSGPV’s mandate is:  To assist MEMBERS in researching their ancestral heritage at a centralized library/archive site through weekly access and planned seminars; to promote greater PUBLIC AWARENESS of the culture of Germans from Poland and Volhynia (as well as other areas) through open house sessions and complimentary visits. HSGPV has been active since 2000.  

HSGPV Board 2022-2023  Contact a Board member through our office.

PresidentLarry JavorskyDirectorHelga Roth
Vice-PresidentArt BreierDirectorMarita Wolff
TreasurerBrenda JavorskyDirectorVacant
SecretaryBrenda JavorskyDirectorVacant
DirectorWalter EppDirectorVacant
DirectorLorne KublikPast PresidentBarbara Stenzel
DirectorErhard Pinno  

HSGPV thanks Ewald Wuschke for his inspiration in founding the society!
Wuschke, Ewald Rudolph January 20, 1929 – November 7, 2008.  Born in a wooden shack on a homestead at Mankota, Sask, Ewald grew up at Mossbank, Sask. After a short time in Ontario, he returned to Mossbank and published the Lake Johnston Star newspaper. He then moved to Prince Albert, Sask, where he met his wife, Maria Schulz. They were married in Mossbank on June 1, 1952. After starting a family in Winnipeg, they moved to Vancouver in 1959 where Ewald founded the family printing business in 1965. Ewald had a life-long passion for genealogy.

He was never at a loss to express his opinion on political or religious issues. He published a genealogical magazine called “Wandering Volhynians” and helped many people with German backgrounds from Poland and Volhynia discover their family roots. He also loved to sing and formed a German Sing-A-Long group. Ewald enjoyed 5-pin bowling and won Gold and Silver Medals at the 2003 BC Seniors Games in Chilliwack. He enjoyed lively discussions with everyone and lived life to the fullest.

Ewald is predeceased by his father Gustav, his mother Adelgunde, and his sister Ida. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Maria; his children: Ewald Jr (Grace), Arthur (Mary), Caroline, Garth, and Kenneth (Cheryl); and seven grandchildren: Christine, Jennifer, Kent, Heather, Sarah, Reid, and Tomas. Ewald is also survived by brothers and sisters: Frederick, Reinhold, Leon, Eva and Elvira.

Funeral service [was] held 11am, Tuesday, November 18th at Trinity Lutheran Church, 7100 Granville Ave, Richmond, BC. Interment [was] on November 26th at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Cemetery, approximately 10 miles NW of Mossbank, Sask (procession to leave from Trinity Lutheran Church in Mossbank shortly after 11am). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to HSGPV (Historical Society of Germans from Poland and Volhynia) for the Ewald Wuschke Library, a large collection of genealogical materials Ewald donated to help individuals discover their family histories.


HSGPV was founded in 2002 by a steering committee who started the process of founding the society in 2000.  Many contributors ensured its success and we hope to have further information about our journey available soon.