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Caring After offering remote services for over a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mission Community Archives is now OPEN by appointment in accordance with latest COVID-19 protocols to ensure the safest conditions for visitors, staff and volunteers. Masks are recommended for those who are not yet fully vaccinated approximately two weeks after the second dose.

Please CLICK HERE to find out how to book your visit.
Have you ever wondered where your street got its name? Mission is one of the few B.C. communities that continue to name streets after its citizens. As such, our street names are rich with local history.

Mission street names connect us to those who went before; pioneers who hacked their way through acres of brush to clear land for their homes, entrepreneurs who established businesses to service the growing community, local men and women who served selflessly to preserve our freedom, and visionary citizens who wanted to make Mission a better place to live. These are people who, through hard work and community involvement, made a name for themselves in Mission's history.

Read the interesting story behind the Mission street that was named after pioneers who homesteaded in Hatzic and constructed their house from logs felled on their property here. You can also discover the fascinating stories behind the names of many other streets in Mission.

As part of local celebrations to mark Culture Days this year, the Archives is once again participating to showcase Mission's storied past.

With the assistance of summer staff Kyler Garsa and Anna Manuel hired through the Canada Summer Jobs Program of Services Canada, a special program of events is being developed. Watch for more information on the website 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 City 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 City of Mission
and the Province of British Columbia
"I remember missing my family," 13-year-old Capri writes on their postcard, "missing travelling, hearing about the stories on the news, and waking up every day hoping my family would be safe that day."

How has COVID-19 impacted your life? Mission residents can now contribute to the historical record of the pandemic through the Archives' Life at Two Meters Postcard Project. By writing a message, drawing a picture, or creating a collage, you can contribute your pandemic experience.

COVID-19 has changed many aspects of our lives. For 6-year-old Texas, it has resulted in a new way of interacting with their great-grandparents. "We don't go in their house," Texas writes, alongside a colourful illustration, "but they throw ice cream bars out their window to us!"

Another Mission resident, 54-year-old Debbie, comments on "the devastating effects of seniors being totally isolated for months on end."

Throughout Phase 3 of BC's Restart Plan, we must consider how future generations will interpret the unprecedented nature of the past year. Selected postcards will be preserved at the Archives, so that people in years to come, including members of your own family, can gain insight into the pandemic experiences of Mission residents.

You can pick up a Life at Two Meters Postcard at the Archives or Library, and once completed, mail or drop it off at either location. For more information, and to hear from previous participants, WATCH VIDEO

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