August 11, 2000
Stoesz has been hired in a permanent position as archivist (half-time) for the
Mennonite Heritage Centre. Stoesz has previously worked at the centre on six different
occasions from 1992-2000, working on various projects.
At the Mennonite Heritage Centre, Stoesz will be responsible for adding new historical
resources to the existing archives, and identifying, cataloguing, locating, and
retrieving records for researchers.
"Conrad brings a youthful enthusiasm and a keen interest in Mennonite history
to his work. He also has research and writing strengths, and is very active in
his church," said Alf Redekopp, heritage centre director.
Stoesz credits a grade eleven family history project for piquing his interest
in Mennonite history, and says his passion for history is on the same scale as
the treasure trove of historical documents in the centre's vault.
"If you made one stack out of all the papers in the archive centre, it would be
as high as the CN Tower," said Stoesz.
Stoesz holds a Bachelor of Theology (CMBC) and a Bachelor of Arts, History major
(University of Winnipeg). He has written for the Mennonite Historian, Heritage
Posting, and Preservings. More recently he served as chair for the 125th Anniversary
Committee which organized numerous events to celebrate the 125th anniversary of
Mennonites of Manitoba's West Reserve (Altona/Winkler area), as well as a volunteer
for the 125th celebration of east reserve Mennonites in 1999. He has also completed
a pastoral internship at Sargent Avenue Mennonite Church in Winnipeg.
"Mennonite history and the church is necessarily theology," says Stoesz. "I see
this job as closely tied to the church."
Stoesz began his official appointment on August 2. Originally from Altona, Manitoba,
he is now a member of Sargent Avenue Mennonite Church in Winnipeg where he serves
as youth sponsor, refugee sponsor, and preaches occasionally. Stoesz also works
half time at the Centre for Mennonite Brethern Studies. He lives in Winnipeg with
his wife Michelle Stoesz.