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This holiday season give the gift of history to those on your shopping list. Shop the Mission Community Archives for exclusive products that honor the legacy of the community. Your purchase supports the Archives - a volunteer-based operation of the Mission District Historical Society dedicated to preserving local heritage.

  • Customized Holiday Cards - featuring an historic photograph of your choice and greeting
  • Local History Books, including: (i)MISSION: As It Was(/i) by Daphne Sleigh, a well-known, award winning BC historian and author featuring maps and over 125 photographs.
  • Historic Postcards of Mission available in sets of four-a great stocking stuffer!
  • Photographs of Yesteryear Mission available in various sizes with thousands to choose from.

  • To place an order and/or obtain more information 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!

    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 has temporarily closed 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.

    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: 1900s

    McKamey family fonds 0218-246-019 / Mission Community Archives

    DEWDNEY PIONEERS - Originally known as Kanaka Prairie and later Johnson's Landing, Dewdney's early settlers included (left to right, front row) Robert Granville McKamey who the Crown granted land on December 9, 1874 comprised of 160 acres, Mr. Wade, Mr. Goodwin and Mr. Purcell.

    Named after the Lieutenant-Governor Edgar Dewdney (1892-1897), the early settlers struggled to clear the forested areas and fight against flooding. By 1920, the area had been cleared of dense bush and more than 1800 acres had been reclaimed by the construction of dykes. Dewdney was described as "a country of homes."

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