News & Events

This summer discover Mission's storied past and the Archives extensive collection by attending our upcoming events and exhibitions.

Miss Clemo's ART Notebook
June 6th - August 31, 2019 | Public Hours
Visit the Archives to view an extraordinary archival exhibit featuring some of the artwork by Claire Clemo (1934-2017 "better known to thousands of former Mission students as Miss Clemo" who taught at Mission Central Elementary for over 3 decades. She created the artwork while taking a course at the University of British Columbia titled: "Philosophy of Art Education and Child Development."

September 1 - 31st,2019 | Mission Library
33247 2nd Ave, Mission, BC V2V 1J9
Visit the Mission Community Library to view a celebratory exhibit by the Mission Community Archives highlighting the opening of the library AND the Community Archives buildings twenty-five years ago this year.

Saturday, September 28th, 2019 | 1:00 - 3:00PM
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Mission Community Archives. SAVE THE DATE and join us to celebrate this milestone during BC Culture Days weekend. Open house and the laumch of NEW services. Watch for more information on the website and and also on our Facebook page.

24th Annual Women of Mission Gala
Saturday, October 19, 2019 | 1:00-3:00PM
Our community would not be what it is today without the women that helped build it. Join us on October 19th as we celebrate and honour community worker Olene Chaplin, choir director Deborah Handley and educator Denyse Taverner through the Archives Paths & Pathfinders: Women of Mission Program. Tickets to the event can be purchased on the website starting next month.

For further information, please contact the Community Archivist, Val Billesberger, by calling 604 820-2621 (Thursdays or Friday afternoons only) or send her an email.

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.

The Community Archives also offers outreach programs designed to stimulate increased public awareness of the role and value of archives. At present, outreach activities include: guided tours of the archives to members of the public within and outside the community; exhibits to stimulate the knowledge, use and preservation of archival materials in the community; educational programs for primary, secondary and post-secondary students; information seminars and workshops on archives preservation and community history.

We acknowledge the financial assistance of the District of Mission
and the Province of British Columbia

Glimpses of the Past: 1949

Fraser Valley Record fonds 0025-1976102-036 / Mission Community Archives

4th ANNUAL MISSION STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL was held on Monday, June 6, 1949 with at least 10,000 people in attendance. The Councils of the former Corporation of the District of Mission (1892-1969) and the Village of Mission (1922-1969) officially proclaimed it the day a holiday so citizens could enjoy all of the fun and activities including the show at the fairgrounds (site of today's Leisure Centre). Attendees enjoyed the crowning of a Strawberry Queen and King along with a program of live entertainment that included the drill teams of the Bellingham Eagles (photograph above), bands and the legendary country singer, Hank Snow!

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