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The Mission Community Archives is an innovative, volunteer-based operation that is responsible for managing and making accessible the documentary heritage of the District of Mission. The Archives serves as a primary information centre, providing leadership in the areas of historic preservation, historical/cultural education, and community initiatives to foster an appreciation for local heritage.

Through the support of Services Canada Summer Jobs Program, the Community Archives is offering two exciting job opportunities for students between the ages of 15 and 30 who are returning to full-time school in the fall.

  • Public Programs Assistant
    Applications from students are currently being accepted until May 18th for a Public Programs Assistant. The successful applicant will assist the Archivist with the development and delivery of public programs designed to promote the collection and celebration of local history.

  • Collections Management Assistant
    Applications are also being accepted until May 25th for a Collections Management Assistant. Under the supervision of the Archivist, the successful applicant will assist with the managing the archives extensive photographic holdings and the development of resources available on the Archives website.

    For further information about either position, please email the archivist, Val Billesberger.

    Since 1996, the Mission Community Archives has proactively collected the records of and stories from the extraordinary women of Mission and District. This week find out about Claire Clemo (1934- ), a highly esteemed educator in the community for over three decades who was guided by her principle "As I teach I learn, and as I learn I teach". She was honoured through the Paths & Pathfinders: Women of Mission Program in 1998.

    The Community Archives has commenced a countdown to the Mission's 125th official birthday - Friday, June 2, 2017. Be sure to visit our weekly Facebook feature Historical Trivialities on Sundays and discover the community's fascinating history over the past 125 years.

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  • Welcome
    Operated by the Mission District Historical Society, the Mission Community Archives serves as a central repository for all community records that document the social, economic, and political development of the District of Mission and the Fraser Valley Regional District Electoral Areas: I (Dewdney-Hatzic Island), J (Nicomen Island Deroche), K (Lake Errock) and L (McConnell Creek-Hatzic Prairie).

    The holdings include the records of individuals and families, arts and community organizations, clubs and local businesses and some local government. The archives also maintain a small reference collection pertaining to the history of the municipality, genealogical research, and the administration of archives.
    We acknowledge the financial assistance of the District of Mission
    and the Province of British Columbia
    Glimpses of the Past: 1954

    Fraser Valley Record fonds / Mission Community Archives

    OUR LADY OF LOURDES GROTTO PILGRIMAGE , the first large scale one in 30 years - was held on May 30, 1954. Despite light rain, an estimated 5,000 people attended the event which also marked the Grotto's reopening after being renovated. A statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary was brought to the site on a "finely decorated float" with cadets from St. Mary's School serving as a guard of honour.

    If you or someone you know have photographs and/or information about the pilgrimage in 1954, please email the archivist, Val Billesberger.

    visit our Facebook page for Blast From the Past on Tuesdays, Throwback Thursdays, and Historical Trivialities on Sundays for photos and stories of Mission's storied past over the past 125 years! sure to follow us on for news and upcoming events.
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