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During the month of December, the Community Archives will be open its regular hours until December 21st. It will then close for the holidays and reopen on Thursday, January 11th at noon.

If you wish to visit the archives on January 11th or 12th, please Email the archives or leave a telephone message and you will be contacted by staff. We look forward to assisting you.


The year 2017 marks the 125th anniversary of the incorporation of the District of Mission. This milestone was celebrated with the publication of a revised edition of a book on the community's history that was originally published in 1973. The project was undertaken by the Mission Community Archives through a grant from the Community Fund for Canada's 150th, a colloboration between the Mission Community Foundation, the District of Mission, and the Government of Canada.

Daphne Sleigh, a well-known BC historian and author, has mostly kept to the original authors' arrangement of material and choice of subject matter in the 1973 edition. CLICK HERE to read more and purchase your copy of Mission As It Was - a limited-edition book.

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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: 1958

Fraser Valley Record fonds / Mission Community Archives

STAVE FALLS SCOTTISH DANCERS - Cheryle Macdonald (nee Ruddick), the eldest of 5 children, developed her keen interest in highland and scottish country dancing at an early age inspired by her neighboring grandparents in Stave Falls. Cheryle studied dance at UBC and St. Andrews University in Scotland. She became a certified teacher in 1965 - the same year she married John Macdonald. Four years later she formally established her own dance school - the Stave Falls Scottish Dancers - with "a non-competitive" policy while "continuing striving fro a high degree of proficiency and authenticity." (SOURCE: Cheryle MacDonald 2001 Interview, Mission Community Archives).

The posted image shows Cheryl Macdonald (far right) performing at a 1958 Robbie Burns celebration in Mission along with (left to right) Dixie Ried, Jane Ried, Bill Haggerty (Piper) and her sister Karin Ruddick.

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