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Saturday, November 23rd,2019
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Special photographic exhibition featuring photographs from the Archives of iconic locations as they were in past and contemporary ones by photographer Katrina Penner-Loat as they are today.

Following the official opening, the Exhibit will be on view during the Archives regular hours of operation until December 20th.

At the Mission Community Archives volunteers play a significant role working with a trained professional to preserve and make accessible Mission's documentary heritage as well as help the public discover Mission's remarkable and storied past. Our volunteer staff members range from university students to retired seniors and we are currently looking for individuals to assist with the following. Visit the archives this upcoming week to find out more about these volunteer opportunities.

  • SCHOOL ARCHIVES PROGRAM -assist with OUR district-wide Program (September - June) designed specifically to teach and assist primary and secondary students, staff and parents how to collect and preserve their school history. This includes arranging for collection of materials from 18 schools and the preparation of finding aids to facilitate access to the items collected;

  • WOMENS MEMORY PRESERVATION PROGRAM - help with the administration of the Paths and Pathfinders: Women of Mission Program developed to collect, preserve and make accessible materials which document the lives and contributions of women; and

  • PUBLIC PROGRAMS Assist with the preparation of promotional material and interactive displays for special and outreach events in the community.

  • Welcome
    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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