History of the Mennonite Heritage Centre Archives

  • 1933: The delegates of the Conference of Mennonites in Canada approved a recommendation by Bernhard J. Schellenberg to start an archives program.  For some years Schellenberg was in conversation with Peter Braun who was in charge of an archival collection in Russia, which was confiscated by the Russian government.
  • 1933 - 1940: Bernhard J. Schellenberg was appointed by the Conference of Mennonites in Canada as Conference Archivist.
  • 1941-1958: The work came under the direction of Benjamin Ewert
  • 1958-1966: Gerhard Lohrenz
  • 1966-1973: Henry H. Epp. By this time two special archives rooms for the collection had been set up at the Canadian Mennonite Bible College and Epp created a classification system.
  • 1974: An expanded program of heritage preservation began when Lawrence Klippenstein was asked serve as archivist on a part-time basis. A five-member board was appointed as well as a secretary/receptionist. Numerous volunteers also helped staff the Centre.
  • 1978: The Mennonite Heritage Centre became a reality with a generous gift of the Peter W. Enns Family Foundation of Winkler, Manitoba, that made building the Mennonite Heritage Centre possible. Its dedication took place in January 1979.
  • 1984: Dennis Stoesz served as interim archivist and Peter Rempel as acting archivist 1992-1993 when Lawrence Klippenstein took a study leave and later a MCC assignment in Moscow.
  • 1992: Connie Wiebe was hired as the administrative assistant.
  • 1994: Alf Redekopp was hired on a half time basis as archivist and Klippenstein then served as director of the MHC.
  • 1997: Lawrence Klippenstein resigned, succeeded by Ken Reddig
  • 1998: the Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery program was started
  • 1999: Reddig resigned, Alf Redekopp became director and Conrad Stoesz was hired as half time archivist.
  • 2013: Alf Redekopp's retired in 2013, Korey Dyck became the director.
  • 2017: Korey Dyck leaves January 2017.
  • 2017: June 1 Conrad Stoesz in charge of the archival program which becomes supported by Canadian Mennonite University, Mennonite Church Canada, and the Centre for Transnational Mennonite Studies.