When president of the P&H Elevator Preservation Society, Stan Eichhorn and Jack Schultze decided to initiate and back the project – intrinsic to many small communities in Alberta, a history book recording and documenting our town – little did they know some of the stumbling blocks they would be facing.
“It quite frankly is frustrating because I know that there are people in this town who cares about the history, and yet besides a dozen eager enthusiasts, we’ve been struggling to get the word out and have more people involved,” Eichhorn said. “There are over 200 communities in Alberta that have their own history books, with some even completing a second update and Stettler can’t even come up with one!”
Eichhorn along with Schultze and a core team of volunteers would like to get the first history book of Stettler off the ground, but it has been a daunting task so far as the dwindling number of people who attend the history book meetings every month reflects.
“But, we have decided to continue with this,” Eichhorn added. “We will be conducting interviews and in-depth research and have as much information as possible at hand, and maybe once we can get the optimal number of people interested, we will do something about it. I still have hope.”
Both Eichhorn and Schultze are optimistic that people will eventually get it and approach them to volunteer and help.
“So far we’ve had six to seven meetings I think,” Eichhorn said. “It’s my hope that if we keep at it, we will succeed.”
Every first Monday of the month, the group meets at the old ATCO building location, across from the Heartland Youth Center (HYC) at 7:30 p.m.
If anyone wishes to volunteer please call Stan Eichhorn at 403-740-4799 or Jack Schultze at 403-742-2249. You could also get in touch via the Facebook page that has been set up under “Stettler History Book.”
The next meeting is scheduled on Monday, Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m.