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."

Sunset Markets in the Park | Fraser River Park
Tuesday, July 16 & August 20,2019 | 10:00-4:30PM
Stop by our tent where you can purchase unique gifts highlighting the archives holdings and our community history, including: the newly published book Mission As It Was, now in its second printing.

MISSION FEST | Mission Community Archives
Saturday, August 10th,2019 | 10:00-4:30PM
Find out about the place where the treasures of our community's storied past are housed! Join us for a tour featuring highlights of our collection, including the impressive Carl Klenk Postcard collection comprised of over 700 images.

24th Annual Women of Mission Gala
Saturday, Octoboer 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.

SAVE THE DATE - September 28,2019
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Mission Community Archives. This milestone will be celebrated during Culture Days weekend on Saturday, September 28th. A variety of programs and activities are planned and everyone is invited to attend.

Watch for more information on the website this summer 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: 1995

Noel Hall fonds 0208-S010-FFS90-004 / Mission Community Archives

was held in Fraser River Heritage Park from July 21 to the 23rd in 1995. Reflecting the "emerging music scene in Canada," the festival featured artists demonstrating "the making of a new musical language… of cross cultural and inter-disciplinary exploration, fusion, experimentation and fun….the music of different cultures talking to each other and blending their conversations with their own distinct colors and sounds." (SOURCE: Mission Folk Music Festival Program, 1995: page 3).

The 32nd Annual Mission Folk Music Festival is being held at Fraser River Heritage Park from July 26 to 28th. For information visit their website

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! 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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