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The Community Archives is once again hiring staff for the summer. Through the support of the 2019 Services Canada Summer Jobs Program, the Community Archives is offering two exciting job opportunities for youth between the ages of 15 and 30.

Applications are currently being accepted until May 18th for a Archives Technician and May 28th for a Archives Programming & Events Assistant

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.

Mission Community Archives was officially 30 years old on February 25th.

Established in 1989 by the Mission District Historical Society, the Mission Community Archives houses a vivid, first-hand account of the Mission area's storied past. It is a treasure trove of information documenting over 125 years of the community's history, including its social, economic, and political development.

The Archives is housed in a custom-built 3000 square foot facility - the first of its kind in the Fraser Valley - which was opened in 1994 - 25 years ago this year.

Constructed by the District of Mission and leased by the Historical Society, the facility offers a spacious, secure, environmentally-controlled vault for records with a storage capacity in excess of 4,000 linear feet and optimal space to support the other operations of the archives, including records processing, reference services and public programming.

This milestone year will be celebrated during Culture Days weekend at the end of September. A variety of programs and activities are planned and we like everyone to join us.

Watch for more information on the website in the upcoming months and and also on our Facebook page.

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: c1907

Fraser Valley Record fonds 0025-198303-018 / Mission Community Archives

moved into its new premises on November 1st, 1907, nine months after it first opened on February 20th. "Costing in the neighbourhood of $7,500" the building was located on the northeast corner of First Avenue (known in 1907 as Washington Street) and Welton, facing the latter. The building was owned and constructed by the Pacific Masonic Lodge of Mission who had their offices on the second floor. This remained the home of Mission's 1st bank until 1910, when a pre-fab two story building was assembled on First Avenue.

Visit our Facebook page for Blast From the Past on Tuesdays 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.
33215 2nd Avenue, P.O. Box 3522, Mission, B.C. V2V 4L1  Ph. 604.820.2621
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