“Freedom, Land, & Legacy. Alberta’s Estonians 1899-2009” is Now Available for Sale

October 22, 2010

The history of Alberta’s Estonians dates back to 1899 and the arrival of two brothers looking for freedom, land, and a place to catch fish. It’s a story of pioneers and refugees, adventurers and scholars; a story of courage, renewal, and assimilation; a story of success.

The book is the culmination of a heritage project of the Alberta Estonian Heritage Society. The seeds for this ambitious initiative were planted by Estonian President Lennart Meri during his visit to Alberta in 2000. His imagination was caught up by the story of Alberta’s adventurous pioneers who braved hardships to find a new life. He suggested that “we have done very little to try to discover the recorded history of Estonians abroad. So with your help and interest…we will move forward.”

The selections presented inBook_Cover the book tell the story about pioneers and refugees from Estonia and their collective efforts to establish themselves in Alberta. They tell stories about individuals and families facing a new life in their adopted homeland. Finally, they also tell stories about communities they helped to build and efforts to preserve their cultural heritage through enterprise, music and community celebrations.

The book is organized into two parts. Part One highlights the legacy of the early pioneers. Part Two documents the history of post World War II immigrants and extends to present-day activities and achievements. The book is richly illustrated with over 200 photos, tables and maps covering the 110-year history of Alberta’s Estonian community.

For the first time, an English translation is available of earlier articles about the history of Alberta’s Estonians. This fascinating story is of interest to descendants of pioneers and a worldwide audience.

This soft-cover 10” by 8”, 304-page richly-illustrated book is now available for sale at $40.00/copy.

All mail orders, including shipping and handling:

Canada: $54.00 CDN; USA: $55.00 US; Estonia: $58.00 CDN/single copy.

Method of Payment:
Cheque in CDN or US funds, or International Money Order in CDN funds, payable to AEHS.

Order Forms and instructions are posted on AEHS website: www.aehs.ca

Please send your order with cheque or money order to:


Enquiries: aehsbook@yahoo.ca