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COVID-19 Project
How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted your life? The Mission Community Archives in partnership with the Mission Museum wants to document and preserve your first-hand experiences during these unprecedented times through their Life at TWO Metres initiative.

The Community Archives invites all those who live and/or work in 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) to submit digital and hard-copy materials documenting their response to the evolving new normal including: pandemic social bubbles. Submissions can include: personal accounts, photographs, audiovisual materials, ephemera (printed materials), and oral histories.

We are living in momentous times that will be studied in the future. What is collected will inform and be appreciated by generations to come. Contribute your experiences and insights to Life at TWO Metres and be a part of history.

Temporary Closure of Archives
Due to the evolving situation with the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic and the need for social distancing to help minimize its transmission, the Mission District Historical Society is temporarily closing the Mission Community Archives to visitors and researchers until further notice. The health, safety, and well-being of our community, including our dedicated staff and volunteers, is a top priority.

At present, the Archivist intends to provide services to the public remotely as best she can by telephone, email, and other digital platforms. Any change to these coronavirus-related measures will be posted. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this unprecedented public health challenge.

For up to date information, please email the archives or leave a telephone message and you will be contacted as soon as possible.
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: 1940

Mission Hospital Auxiliary fonds 0295-1980041-0043 / Mission Community Archives

For over 60 years Mission's May Day Royalty wreigned until the last coronation in 1981. During this time period seventy-three queens were crowned. Mission was unique in the fact that the event was started to raise funds for the hospital.

The Royal party included a Queen and her royal party - several maids of honour, flower girls, and page boys. The Queen was voted to her position by her school peers and the following year she would make a speech and then relinquish her title at the ceremonies, crowning her successor. The above image is of the 1940 May Queen Winnie Solloway following her crowning at the Mission fairgrounds on May 24th surrounded by officials of the event and other members of the royal party, including last year's maids of honours.

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