Pommerscher Verein Freistadt
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The Pomeranian Society of Freistadt
The Pomeranian Society of Freistadt
Welcome to the website of the
Pommerscher Verein Freistadt!
 
We are glad you came to visit. 
Please stay awhile.
Be sure to explore the links in
the red bar on the left.
 
 
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Based on overwhelming feedback from the membership, the board has voted to change the meeting day and time. Beginning September 2018, the PVF meetings will change to the second SATURDAY of the month, beginning at 1:00 p.m. 
 
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40th Anniversary Celebration
        Freistadt was settled in 1839 by people from the state of Pomerania, in the kingdom of Prussia. There was little contact with the people back home until 1976, when the Pomeranian folk dance group Ihna visited Wisconsin to take part in the opening of Old World Wisconsin and included Freistadt on its itinerary. This sparked enough interest that the next year a group from the area visited Pomerania in Germany.  While they were there, the group members learned some traditional dances and had so much fun that in the fall of that year the Pommersche Tanzdeel dance group was begun in Freistadt. Then the Pommerscher Verein Freistadt was “founded in 1978 to preserve our Pomeranian heritage through the study of its history, genealogy, culture and language.”
         Through the years, the group has enjoyed more than 300 programs and celebrations, held Potato Pancake Dinners, established a bookstore, an awesome reference library, and a giant genealogical database housed in a robust website, published more than 150 Rundschreibens, arranged tours, and hosted 42 Pommerntag Festivals.  Yes, Pommerntag began BEFORE the group was founded!
         The membership has grown through the years. Currently, we have almost 700 members living in 41 states and four other countries.
As part of our 40th Anniversary Celebration, a special Anniversary Dinner
was held on Sunday, April 22, at the Bavarian Bierhaus (formerly the Bavarian Inn).
Peggy Mueller and the Milwaukee DANK Folk Dancers entertained.
To share in the entertainment, click on the link below.
 
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Change in 2018 member fees:

Because of increased printing and mailing costs, PVF has voted to charge an additional $5.00 for each member who requests to receive the newsletter through the U.S. mail.  When you choose to renew online with PayPal and credit card, if you simply click the "Renew" button, you will only be set up to get the newsletter via e-mail.  If you wish to receive the paper copy by U.S. mail, please also add $5.00 under "Optional donation" on that same page.  (Naturally, other donations are gratefully accepted as well!).  Thank you!

Receive the Rundschreiben (newsletter) by USPS mail AND e-mail

Individual $20.00/year
Family $25.00/year
Non-voting Associate or Organization $17.00/year 

Receive the Rundschreiben (newsletter) by e-mail only:

Individual $15.00/year
Family $20.00/year
Non-voting Associate or Organization $12.00/year

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An abbreviated list (title and author) of the cataloged items

in the PVF collection is now on this web page.

Check the Library / Archive entry in the red bar on the left.



Tour of Pomerania

                                                                             
The Pomeranian Heritage Tour Group gathered in front of the
Pommersches Landesmuseum in Greifswald, Germany in May 2017.
The museum specializes in the history of Pomerania.
Tours of northern Germany and Poland, in what was once Pomerania,
were conducted in May 2015 and May 2017. Enjoy some photos of the trips below. 
Another tour is potentially being planned for the spring of 2019.  If you have a specific
"Pomeranian" town in Germany or Poland you are researching and might possibly
wish to join a tour, please email information@pommerscher.org with the name of
the town (and closest current city if you know it.)