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After an extended closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mission District Historical Society is excited to announce that once again the public will be able to visit the Mission Community Archives in-person starting Thursday, May 13, 2021 in accordance with new COVID-19 protocols to ensure the safest conditions for visitors, staff and volunteers.

Please CLICK HERE to find out how to book your visit.

The Mission Community Archives is an innovative operation that is responsible for managing and making accessible the documentary heritage of the District of Mission. The Archives serves as a primary information centre, providing leadership in the areas of historic preservation, cultural education, and community initiatives to foster an appreciation for local heritage.

Through the support of Services Canada Summer Jobs Program, the Community Archives is offering two exciting job opportunities for youth between the ages of 15 and 30.

Applications are currently being accepted until May 21st for an Archivist Assistant and June 11th for a Communications Service Coordinator

Both positions are time-durated with the option of flex hours, offering the opportunity for the development of transferable skills from a broad range of career related fields, including: archives, library, and information management; business administration, communications, education, software application developer and online programmer. If you have questions, please email Archivist Val Billesberger.

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. READ HERE how you can contribute your experiences and insights to Life at TWO Metres and be a part of history!

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

Community-wide events bring people from all walks of life together, strengthening the connections between them and building a strong town identity that instills pride and community spirit.

Following an influx of the population to the Mission area in the 1890s, social gatherings at local churches and schools evolved into the staging of annual events spanning the four seasons.

This video presentation features photographs and documents housed in the Archives dating from the 1800s to the 2000s showcasing FOUR signature events from the past and present which literally put Mission on the map: May Day (1921-1981), Mission Soap Box Derby 1946-1973; 1999- ), Mission Fall Fair (1894-1999), and Mission Candlelight Parade (1984- )

DISCOVER how these four events served as catalysts in the social, economic and cultural development of Mission.

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