Dr. H. Elizabeth Kroeger
On July 30, 2019, the Foundation lost its Founding Director Dr. H. Elizabeth (Liza) Kroeger. Liza has been the driving force behind the work of the Foundation, bringing her enthusiasm, zeal, and creativity to the work of documenting and sharing the stories of Mennonite clocks. The Foundation is committed to continuing this mission.
H. Elizabeth (Liza) Kroeger was the Founding Director and Donor of the Kroeger Clocks Heritage Foundation and sponsor of The Virtual Museum of Mennonite Clocks. As the Executrix of the Estate of the Late Arthur Kroeger, Liza established the Foundation to continue Arthur’s work in collecting and sharing the stories of Mennonite clocks. She held a Masters of Laws from the University of California at Berkeley and a Ph.D. in German Law from the University of Freiburg in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany.
Dr. Rosmarin Heidenreich
Position: Founding Director and Sponsor of The Virtual Museum of Mennonite Clocks
Rosmarin Heidenreich holds a doctorate in Comparative Literature from the University of Toronto. As a writer and academic, she has taught and published mainly in the areas of literary theory, criticism and translation studies. She taught at the universities of Tübingen and Freiburg before returning to Canada to teach at the Université de Saint-Boniface, Winnipeg, where she is professor emerita. Her publications include five books as well as numerous essays and articles.
Dr. Kathleen Wiens
Position: Founding Director, Exhibitions Developer
Kathleen Wiens works as Exhibition Developer for the Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She holds a doctorate in Ethnomusicology from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Dr. Roland Sawatzky
Position: Senior Historian
Roland Sawatzky received his PhD in Archaeology from Simon Fraser University in 2005. He was Senior Curator at the Mennonite Heritage Village in Steinbach from 2003 to 2014 and has taught university courses in Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Winnipeg. Since 2011, he has worked as the Curator of History at The Manitoba Museum in Winnipeg where he conducts research, develops exhibitions, and is responsible for acquisitions related to the settlement period and recent history in Manitoba. His research interests include the social meaning of material culture, domestic architecture, Mennonite history, and historical archaeology.
Position: Assistant Researcher
Alexandra Kroeger holds a B.A. (Hons.) in History and a Master’s degree in Cultural Studies (majoring in Curatorial Practice) from the University of Winnipeg. She has served as Acting Curator at Transcona Historical Museum in Winnipeg, Assistant Curator at Mennonite Heritage Village in Steinbach, and now is the Curator and Administrative Coordinator for Dalnavert Museum and Visitors’ Centre in Winnipeg.
Position: Conservation Consultant
Carolyn Sirett holds an Advanced Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Classical Studies from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, a Diploma in Collections and Conservation Management from Sir Sandford Fleming College in Peterborough, Ontario, and a Diploma in Cultural Resource Management from the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia. Carolyn was the 2012 recipient of the Canadian Association for Conservation–Emerging Conservator Award and throughout her career has completed private contracts for federal, municipal and various non-profit organizations providing museum-quality conservation and assessment services.
Position: Art Director, Graphic Designer and Project Manager
Anikó Szabó studied creative arts in Winnipeg. A former Art Director for The Manitoba Museum, she is the founder of Anikó Szabó Graphic Design and includes among her clients architectural firms, authors, universities, international non-profit organizations, and composers.
Position: Photographer, Videographer
Jerry Grajewski has been a professional photographer and videographer in Winnipeg for more than twenty years.
Position: Digital Archives/Photography Re-touching
Jerry Sutherland holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Manitoba and a Horticultural Certificate from Olds College in Olds, Alberta. He has held positions in the graphics industry at True Colour Media Creative Studio, Pixel 8 Color Graphics, and Space2Work.
Contact: bill acheson.ca
Bill Acheson is Senior Designer, Art Director, for the Marketing and Web Presence Department at Red River College in Winnipeg, and a former photography instructor in its Digital Media Design program. He is also Art Director at Winnipeg-based Velocity Branding.
Doug Whiteway holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from the University of Manitoba and a Bachelor of Journalism (Hons.) from Carleton University. He is a former reporter and features writer for the Winnipeg Free Press and a former editor of Canada’s History.
Roland D. Wickstrom is a retired limnologist. He holds a Master’s degree in Science from the University of Manitoba with interim studies from the University of Toronto. His scholarship in the study of inland waterways took him to a career with the Canadian Wildlife Service, much of it spent in Yukon and the Northwest Territories. He is a member of the board of the Mennonite Benevolent Society, chairman of the board for the Autumn House Seniors residence, and a past president of the board of the Western Canada Aviation Museum.