For­mer res­i­dent un­veils re­search on Drumheller place names

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa mailphoto by Pa­trick Ko­lafa

friends and res­i­dents at the East Coulee School Mu­seum on Sun­day, June 25, to un­veil a re­cent re­search project he took on, the his­tory of the place names in the val­ley.

A few months ago he took it upon him­self to do some re­search into how the dif­fer- ent com­mu­ni­ties in the val­ley got their name. He com­pleted the work by us­ing the Al­berta Archives, Ernest Hlady’s book Val­ley of the Di­nosaurs, and good ol’ word of mouth. He came up with five pages ex­plor­ing place names, had them mounted and they are now on dis­play at the East Coulee School Mu­seum.

“I have a de­gree in his­tory, so I thought rather than sit­ting in my chair, and I don’t have much to do in my wan­ing years. I think of all these things to do, and this one just stuck in my head,” said Sterna.

This is not the first time he has un­der­taken such projects cel­e­brat­ing the his­tory of the val­ley. In 2015, he and an­other, Bill Nimmo un­veiled a map of East Coulee from the 1940’s, which is also hang­ing in the School Mu­seum.

Through his re­search, he learned a few things he never knew be­fore, in­clud­ing the fact the Town of Drumheller now en­com­passes all of these com­mu­ni­ties.

While some of the place names, such as Drumheller and Nacmine were easy, others still elude him. He said he never learned where the name Wayne came from, although he said the com­mu­nity was ini­tially known as Rosedeer.

He still has fond mem­o­ries of grow­ing up in East Coulee.

“My old house is still there, I left in 1957, and I go down to visit East Coulee at the Break­fast on Sun­days dur­ing the sum­mer time. A num­ber of us go down at the end of June,” he said. “From that, these lit­tle projects come up.”

(l-r) For­mer East Coulee res­i­dents Bill Nimmo and Jack Sterna with son Ed Sterna at the un­veil­ing of Jack’s re­search project on the val­ley’s place names.

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