What’s UP at the Archives – January 26, 2023

The year 2023 is already shaping up to be an exciting one at the Community Archives! Staff and volunteers have been back for several weeks working on a range of projects to advance the acquisition, preservation and accessibility of Mission’s documentary heritage. Here are some of the initiatives planned for 2023:

• New virtual 2023 Heritage Week exhibit: PICTURE THIS! featuring photographs of contemporary photographer Noel Hall (1930-2017) who donated 30,000 images to the Community Archives in April 2000.

• New video tutorials to be created  in partnership with students from the Library and Information Technology Program at University of British Columbia

• CITIZEN ARCHIVIST – the rebranding and expansion of the Archives Volunteer Program to include opportunities for virtual volunteering

• New video productions to be added to the Community Archives series:  Then & Now and Mission Moments.

• 26th Annual Celebration of Women featuring extraordinary individuals whose life stories and personal archives have been added to the Community Archives holdings.

• During October our BLAST FROM THE PAST series on social media will feature posts to celebrate the 65th anniversary of West Heights Elementary School.

    Watch for updates here and under our EVENTS & PROGRAMS page!

    What’s UP at the Archives – December 22, 2022

    Whatever your plans are, wherever you are going, the staff and volunteers of the Mission Community Archives wish you a happy, memorable, and safe holiday!

    Thank you to all our donors of historical records, patrons, visitors and over 3,000 social media followers.

    We look forward to seeing you in 2023.

    Happy Holidays!

    Val Billesberger, Archivist

    What’s UP at the Archives – December 16, 2022

    The Mission Community Archives Christmas tree is filled with history about its volunteers. The Archives holiday ornament tradition was started by Archivist Val Billesberger in 1994. Each volunteer contributed an ornament that embodied that year, a favorite holiday season memory, something they did, or a big life moment for them. From that year forward, new volunteers contributed an ornament for the tree – each with their own unique meaning. 

    View our gallery to find out the stories behind some of the ornaments.

    What’s UP at the Archives – December 9, 2022

    The Mission Community Archives is excited to announce that our new instructional videos are now live! Produced by UBC students Kevin Burke, Alanna Carswell, and Audrey Li in collaboration with Archivist Val Billesberger and Communications Services Coordinator Kyler Garza, the videos provide detailed instructions on how to book an appointment, access the online database, and apply to become a volunteer. “The videos were developed,” stated Garza “with the purpose of helping those unfamiliar with website interactions”

    What’s UP at the Archives – December 1, 2022

    In October Archivist Val Billesberger was approached by three students from UBC’s School of Information about doing a project for an information instruction course. Their assignment was to work with a local institution to design and create a short instructional video/web tutorial. After meeting virtually, it was decided three different videos would be produced on how to navigate the Archives NEW website. COMING SOON… the launch of the tutorial videos, produced by Kevin Burke, Alanna Carswell, and Audrey Li.

    Kevin Burke is in his second year in the Master of Library and Information Studies program at UBC’s iSchool. With a background in opera, Kevin is hoping to become a music librarian.

    Alanna Carswell is a second-year dual master’s Archival Studies and Library & Information Studies student at UBC’s iSchool. Alanna is passionate about reading, history, and genealogy and aims to work in museums or archives in the future.

    Audrey Li is a third-year master’s student in the Dual Archival Studies and Library & Information Studies program at UBC’s iSchool, who is passionate about music, creative writing, and history, and hopes to work in community cultural institutions in the future.

    What’s UP at the Archives – October 13, 2022

    Tomorrow at 8AM, the Archives NEW VIDEO goes LIVE HERE!  Part of the NEW VIDEO SERIES produced by the Mission Community Archives called MISSION MOMENTS, this one-minute video features the incredible story about the year Mission’s famous Soap Box Derby made Canadian history! Check it out HERE and please share the video!

    What’s UP at the Archives – October 6, 2022

    Tomorrow we are excited to launch, a NEW VIDEO SERIES produced by the Mission Community Archives called MISSION MOMENTS. One minute in length, each video highlights a story from the community’s storied past. This premiere video in the series features the origins of Dewdney which is believed was first settled in 1867. Check it out HERE and please share the video!

    What’s UP at the Archives – September 23, 2022

    Today the Mission Community Archives is officially launching a redesigned website!  “This has been in the works for the past year,” stated Archivist Val Billesberger and “we are thrilled to officially launch it as part of Culture Days.”  Designed to be faster, easier to navigate with improved security, and more user-friendly, some of the website’s features include: a blog with up-to-date Archives news, the ability to book a visit to the Archives, and a new online store. Give us your feedback.

    What’s UP at the Archives – September 2, 2022

    Culture Days is a nation-wide celebration of arts and culture now in its 13th year. Similar to the previous two years, the Archives is launching the following NEW online activities.

    Friday, September 23rd | 8:00 AM – NEW WEBSITE Launch

    The Mission Community Archives is officially launching a newly designed website on September 23rd. It is faster, easier to navigate and more user-friendly. Some of the website’s features include: a blog with up-to-date Archives news, the ability to book a visit to the Archives, a new online store, and integrated social media buttons for Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

    Friday, October 7th | 8:00 AM – MISSION MOMENTS: Historic Dewdney

    We are excited to launch a NEW VIDEO SERIES produced by the Mission Community Archives called MISSION MOMENTS. One minute in length, each video highlights a story from the community’s storied past. This premiere video in the series features the origins of Dewdney which is believed was first settled in 1867.

    Friday, October 14th | 8:00 AM – MISSION MOMENTS: Mission’s 1953 Derby Part of the NEW VIDEO SERIES produced by the Mission Community Archives called MISSION MOMENTS, this one minute video features the story about the year Mission’s famous Soap Box Derby made Canadian history!

    WATCH for CULTURE DAY EVENT updates on our Facebook and Instagram page.