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18th Annual Celebration of Women
September 7, 2013

The Mission Community Archives is holding their 18th annual Paths and Pathfinders: Women of Mission celebration on October 5, 2013 from 1:30 to 4:00 PM at the Cedar Valley Mennonite Church Auditorium.

The annual event is part of a program which was founded in 1996 by Archivist Val Billesberger to facilitate the preservation of local women's records and celebrate the diverse contributions of women to the community. It is first program of its kind in British Columbia.

At this year's event, the lives of three outstanding women in our community will be celebrated: Diana Muntigl, a lifelong lover of the arts and Executive Director of Lifetime Learning Centre who is an advocate of healthy lifestyles and active aging; Ann Senae, a semi-retired accountant and talented musician who is passionate about helping women gain independence and achieve goals; and Daphne Sleigh, a BC historian and accomplished writer who has devoted countless hours volunteering to preserve local history.

You may purchase tickets for the event at the Mission Community Archives during their regular hours of operation on Thursdays and Fridays. The cost is $10 if purchased prior to event and $12 at the door. For more information about the event please Email the Archivist or leave a telephone message and you will be contacted by staff.

Street names tell history
September 7, 2013

"If the streets of Mission could talk, the tales they might tell of their namesakes"

In 1998 Laura Barth, a third year history student at what was then called the University College of the Fraser Valley did a practicum at the Mission Community Archives. Her project was to establish a column that would run weekly for a year in The Times which would reveal the stories behind the names of streets in Mission.

In an interview by Mia Thomas, a reporter for The Times, Laura explained the purposes behind the column:We want to get people in Mission interested in their own history so they have a better sense of community....And we want them to realize the archives is here and we have information they can use.

The column proved very popular and so with the same purpose in mind, it was decided to make Street Stories available online. The web version includes the graphic image for the column that was drawn by Dennis Smith but never used by the newspaper. It also has the GPS coordinates so if you click on link, it will take you to where the street is located in Mission. Each week a new story will be added so bookmark this page Street Stories to stay current!

We're on Facebook!
August 22, 2013

There is now an official Mission Community Archives facebook page where you can get updates on programs, services and special events. Our cover and profile images feature the new mural on the Archives building painted by artist Dean Lauze of D'Arts. Like us on Facebook at

Revisit Mission Historic Soap Box Derby
July 27, 2013

Mural Officially Presented
June 22, 2013

"A lasting tribute that shows the humble beginnings of Mission and all the different aspects that make up the fibre of what Mission is"

So spoke Chief Alice Thompson of the Leq'a:mel First Nation, the first of the dignitaries, to the large crowd gathered on Saturday, June 15th for the presentation of the District of Mission 120th Anniversary Commemorative mural.

Attendees were treated to Leq'a:mel First Nation dances which were to bless the occasion and the wall. Before introducing the dances, Jason Thompson, Youth Worker and Cultural Coordinator, described how "there really are no words how to describe what this wall does. It's not just a picture-it brings us all together." And this sentiment was reflected in the imagery of the "Paddle Song" dance, as the young dancers pulled together to move as one.

Other dignitaries at the event included Mayor Ted Adlem stating that the mural represented "Community spirit at its best", MLA Marc Dalton, Jim Hinds of the Mission District Historical Society and, Remco Bergman, of the Mission & District Soap Box Derby Association, who also served as the emcee. After the artist, Dean Lauz, spoke about painting the mural, Val Billesberger, archivist, commented how he had brought "these images alive."

Refreshments were generously donated by Save On Foods store manager Jim Shaw who proudly supports the Soap Box Derby Association.

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