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."

Canada Day | Fraser River Park
Monday, July 1st, 2019 | 10:00 - 4:30PM
Stop by our tent to explore how Canada Day has been celebrated in Mission over time with the help of our Canada Day photos book. PLAY Canada Day Trivia & Bingo, our popular LOOK! Now & Then Game and take on the Historic Puzzle Challenge! Come say hello to find out what other family-friendly fun we are offering this July 1st.

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.

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: 1946

Fraser Valley Record fonds 0025-194606-001-AN001 / Mission Community Archives

in Mission was held on June 26, 1946. The "Noon-to-Midnight" event was held on three blocks of Main Street (today's First Avenue)to promote Mission as "The Home of the Big Red Strawberry." A proclamation was issued by local politicians as a holiday "to better enable citizens to participate or co-operate in the arrangements…assist the committees entertain the many visitors" anticipated. Fraser Valley Record June 20,1946) The program of events included: the crowning of a Festival Queen, soap box derby races, rides on Percy Routledge's "famous miniature steam railway, "every hour on the hour entertainment," and dancing in the street. An estimated three to five thousand people attended the first festival.

The above photograph is of Strawberry Festival Royalty and the winner of the Class B Derby Race(from left to right: Princesses Doris Grinstead, Bonnie Ellerbeck and Leona Swaren; Ken McInroy and Queen Grace Holmes - a teacher at Steelhead School.

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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