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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.

Nomination Deadline March 31st
The Mission Community Archives is once again accepting nominations for the Paths & Pathfinders: Women of Mission Program. Since the inauguration of the program in 1996, the Community Archives has recognized and built its holdings on more than 100 women who have helped shape the community.

We need your help in identifying who will be honoured in 2020. Within your organization or group there are undoubtedly women who are worthy of recognition. We encourage you to use a nomination form to let us know who they are.

Nominations for this year's special 25th anniversary celebrations are being accepted until the end of this month - March 31st. To be eligible the nominee must have lived or presently reside in the District of Mission, Hatzic Prairie, Hatzic Island, Dewdney, Deroche, Nicomen Island, Lake Errock and/or McConnell Creek.

The nominator must submit, on two pages or less, biographical information about the nominee, including her length of residence in the community, field of endeavor and personal attributes along with 2 letters of support for the nominee from family, friends, organizations etc. Click Here to download 2020 Nomination form for 25th anniversary of the Annual Women of Mission Gala. For further information please calL 604 820-2621 (Thursdays or Friday afternoons only) or send an email.

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: 1948

Fraser Valley Record fonds 0025-1998302-4129 / Mission Community Archives

HATZIC BASE OF DEWDNEY PENNINSULA DYKE was raised following the devastating flood of the Fraser River in 1948. The local newspaper reported that "earthen rampart" being constructed was "based against the high natural river bank and CPR embankment at Hatzic." Structural material for the dyke - which extended south and east to the western end of Dewdney Slough - was obtained from a pit located north of the Lougheed highway just east of the Hatzic Store in 1948. The photograph also shows the former CPR train station at Hatzic which was originally established in 1906.

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