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Mennonite Church Canada appoints new director of Mennonite Heritage Centre

Alf Redekopp

Winnipeg, Man.—Alf Redekopp has been appointed to the position of Director, Mennonite Heritage Centre. The appointment was made by the Resources Commission on June 12.

The appointment marks a transition for Redekopp from Interim Director, which he began on November 15, 2000.

Redekopp has worked part-time as the archivist for Mennonite Heritage Centre since August 1, 1994. He also worked part-time as the archivist at the Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies, also in Winnipeg, since 1987. His training includes the completion of the Association for Manitoba Archives Core Curriculum Program.

Duties of the heritage centre director include, overseeing operations of the Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery, supervision of staff, archiving of materials and coordination of writing projects (such as J.J.Thiessen biography, David Toews biography, Conference of Mennonites in Canada history, and indexing of Der Bote). The centre is located on the campus of Canadian Mennonite Bible College.

"I’m keenly interested in bringing technology to the job, in automating the retrieval of archival information via the internet," said Redekopp, citing his long standing interest in genealogy and family history.

"I’m also excited about the gallery exhibits that have been done and new ones that will continue to promote and expand the activities of the centre," adds Redekopp.

He has taught both public and private high school for a total of 18 years. He and his wife Kathy are members of Home Street Mennonite Church.