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December 3rd, 2016...
This coming week be sure to visit our Facebook for the first post in DECEMBER - the theme is Tis the Holiday Season We will be posting photos with stories about the Yuletide season in Mission both past and present. Also be sure to check out our other weekly features: Throwback Thursdays - focusing on the "Nifty Fifties" and our ever-popular Historical Trivialities on Fridays.

November 1st, 2016...
Movember Tribute
Be on the lookout for special posts on Facebook every Wednesday during the month of November. Our tribute to 'Movember' will give you the chance to view some impressive moustaches, as well as learn the stories of some of the noteworthy men of Mission who sported them. You might even get some inspiration for your own Movember 'stache!' Join "the movement to change the face of men's health CLICK HERE

October 31st, 2016...
Women Celebrated with Style
On Saturday, October 22 over 100 people, including dignitaries from all three levels of government, attended Women of Style & Substance - a joint event by the Mission Community Archives and Mission Museum .

Held in the Cedar Valley Mennonite Church Auditorium, guests were entertained by a Then & Now Fashion Show by Mission Museum that revisited some of the fashion trends of the 1940s including authentic WWII uniforms. This was followed by a sample of some of the latest fashions available from local Mission businesses: FRONYA Thrift Boutique, Mac & Mango, Silk Degrees, Suzanne's and Uncommon Thredz.

Attention then focused on three extraordinary women whose lives and contributions were being honoured as part of the Paths & Pathfinders: Women of Mission Program by the Community Archives. Archivist Val Billesberger opened the celebration by acknowledging the honourees and the value of the Program.

Dedicated. Caring. Vibrant - the spark that nurtures and inspires others - this describes all three women we are honouring today. Each in their own special way has made a difference in our community and now their stories, their legacy, has been documented and preserved in the Community Archives for present and future generations to learn from. How wonderful is that!

She then introduced 2016 honourees Pam Alexis, Barbara Fehrmann, and Marilyn MacDonald. Each were individually recognized for their extraordinary contributions with the assistance of Councillor Jim Hinds.

As is customary, all those previously honoured that were in attendance were roll called. The biographies of all women recognized since the inauguration of the program in 1996 - 103 to date! - are available on our website - HERE

A special thank you to all those who assisted Archivist Val Billesberger with the planning and staging of the 21st Annual Celebration of Women - Tessa Grogan, a university student hired through a Canada Summer Jobs Program Grant; Taneane Twele Photography; Chris Lindgren of Spider Broadcasting, videographer; Tami Serandos owner of That's A Good Cookie! archives volunteers: Polly Betterton, Keith Billesberger, Donna Rash, Pooja Rattan, Sheila Roberts and Loretta White; the staff of Cedar Valley Mennonite Church; and our generous supporters: Lloyd's Cleaners; Magnolias On First; Mission Community Services - Rivendell, Second Stage Housing, and table sponsors: Ann Harper, MacDonald & Spicer Notaries, Lilly Miller, Homelife Glenayre Realty, Leslie & Simone Redburn, Homelife Glenayre Realty, Sues Copy Place, Trendy What Knot & Yarns, U & I Thai Restaurant and World Odyssey Travel & Cruise.

September 24th, 2016...
Special Event - Archives EXPOSED
Visit the Mission Community Archives on Saturday, October 1st between noon and 3pm to take part in this year's Culture Days celebrations in Mission. Come and discover the community's heritage and the role of the archives to preserve it. Find out "What's inside the vault?" Children can participate in the "A-Team Treasure Hunt" and more...

While visiting the Community Archives, you can also participate in two other Culture Days events in the building. Guild members of the Mission Spinners & Weavers will be on hand to demonstrate the fibre arts of spinning and weaving and Fran Briscoe of Talann Creations who does laser art will demonstrate her technique for creating pieces using wood along with samples of her work.

There are more than 25 events occurring over the 3 day celebration - September 30, October 1-2nd! CLICK HERE to find out what else is going on in the community.

August 27th, 2016...
NEW STREET STORY - Catherwood Street
We have added a NEW street story to the website this week. Find out about the individual that Catherwood Street is named after here.You can also discover the fascinating story behind the names of many other streets in Mission by clicking here.

August 20th, 2016...
On Saturday, August 13th over 100 people of all ages visited the Mission Community Archives and participated in an array of fun activities related to Mission's Historic Fall Fair in the 1940s - an annual event for 105 years! For many, it was their "first visit" to the Archives.

Our staff and volunteers were dressed to the nines in clothing provided by Fashion Historian Karin Edberg-Lee of Silverhill to celebrate Mission's memorable 40s.

There was also a Guessing Contest which required entrants to view photos and then estimate the weight of a mangel beet harvested in 1947 and a tomato grown in 1976 as well as the number of blossoms that a single sunflower produced in 1980. Other interesting activities included our Interactive My Home Town Mural Tour, a Fair Trivia Challenge and the ever-popular Archives Then and Now game.

We would like to say a special thank you to Venetta from Kea Embroidery and Design for helping us recreate the atmosphere of the Historic Fair by showing her meticulous embroidery, sewing and knitting to visitors.

Overall the Archives had a delightful MissionFest and we hope to see everyone again next year!

July 30th, 2016...
2016 MissionFest Celebrations
On Saturday August 13th from 9am to 3pm as part of Mission Fest, the Mission Community Archives and Mission Museum will be offering a range of free activities for the whole family with Mission's Historic Fair as the theme.

The Archives' fun events include a vegetable guessing contest, our new My Town Mission Mural Interactive Tour, Historic Fair trivia and a special poster exhibit: Mission's Memorable Forties. The Museum will be launching their Children's Interactive Scavenger Hunt and their new Multicultural Mission exhibit. They will also have a green-screen photo booth with historic photos from the Archives and crafts for kids. There will also be local artisans to recreate the historic Fair atmosphere, including...

  • Kea Embroidery and Design is a home-based business which creates sewing, embroidery and a small line of clothing. She is a regular vendor at the Mission Farmer's Market and will be demonstrating her knitting and giving away some free knitting needles. She will display her embroidery, knitting and sewing.
  • Horse Barn Artisans is the creation of Master Carver Randy Hayes who has been a Mission Resident for 47 years. He has competed on an expert level and attained prizes such as "People's Choice" and "Best of Show". Hayes will be demonstrating his carving during the event.

    Pick up an event passport at the Archives or Museum and partake in the activities. Once you have your passport all stamped, you qualify to enter in our RAFFLE DRAW where you could win some great prizes: either a Family Fun Raffle Basket or a $25 Special Gift Card that you can use at Safeway, Thrifty Foods and more!

    July 16th, 2016...
    Collective Efforts to Preserve Records
    Another school year is over and as the staff and students are enjoying summer vacation, we'll be working hard at the Mission Community Archives processing the donations acquired through our 2016 School Archives Program.

    Established in 2000, the program is designed to get staff, students, and parents to play a proactive role in preserving the documentary heritage of their educational institution. In September, each Mission school is given an archives box containing folders to place records in during the year. The boxes are then collected at the end of June and inventoried during the summer. Among the "stand-out items" received this year were…..

  • a collection of 13 DVDs donated by École Christine Morrison Elementary School. They were the hobby creation of Josée Maltais, a teacher who retired this year that had spent hours filming and editing footage of the students and their work. Thanks to her tireless efforts, these school performances and special events will never be forgotten.

  • Dewdney Elementary donated three boxes of records which included student work, yearbooks and thousands of photographs. We now have comprehensive records of Dewdney's teachers, students and events back to the 1960's filing gaps in our holdings.

  • Cherry Hill Elementary donated over 359 photographs of individual students which will aid in the naming of students in previously unidentified photographs.

    We would like to extend a special thank-you to all of the schools and our sponsor Prospera Credit Union for another successful year. Through this partnership with the Community Archives the history of education in Mission is being actively preserved for use by present and future generations.

    July 7th, 2016...
    During the past several weeks, summer student Tessa Grogan, has arranged for the Community Archivist to visit local schools to collect their records for 2015-2016. This year, all 18 schools contributed records documenting events, activities, and much more through the Mission School Archives Program (est. 2000)

    During her visit to Deroche Elementary School, she was very pleased to receive boxes of photographs that had been squirreled away dating back to the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s!

    Archivist Val Billesberger noted this year she received many compliments from principals and staff for the work the Community Archives is doing to preserve the history of their school. Further information about the program will be in a subsequent news post.

    July 2nd, 2016...
    On August 13th from 8am to 3pm as part of this year's MissionFest, the Mission Community Archives and Mission Museum will be offering a range of free activities for the whole family with the Mission's historic Agricultural Fair as the theme. Watch for details about what's happening at the Community Archives on our website later this month.

    June 18, 2016...
    On Tuesday, June 21st, it is the 20th anniversary of National Aboriginal Day in Canada. This coming Tuesday be sure to visit Facebook for our special post about the achievements of a group of local First Nations - the theme is Graduation - Caps Off to You!

    June 4, 2016...
    This year - for the first time - the Mission Community Archives will be joining the Mission Museum to celebrate Canada Day at Fraser River Heritage Park on July 1st from 8am to 3pm. Details on our Canada Day events coming soon!

    To keep up to date on ALL Canada Day Celebrations in Mission CLICK HERE

    April 23rd, 2016...
    Our new weekly feature on our Facebook page - Blast From the Past - is proving to be extremely popular. Since the themed based post was first launched on January 12, the reach by the end of March had exceeded 33,000! This coming week concludes posts featuring The Arts and Artists in Mission. Be sure to visit our Facebook to learn about our community's storied past and watch for our May Blast From the Past posts - the theme is sports and leisure.

    You have only one week left to submit your nominations for the 21st anniversary of annual celebration of women which is being held on October 15th, 2016.

    Women to be honoured at the event will be selected from nominations and we need your help in identifying potential honourees. Within your organization or business there are undoubtedly women who are inspirational to others through their achievements at home, work and /or the community. We encourage you to use a nomination form to let us know who they are. Click here to download a form.

    For additional information, please contact the Community Archivist, Val Billesberger, by calling 604 820-2621 (Thursdays or Friday afternoons only) or send an email
    April 16th, 2016...
    There is a NEW street story on our website....You can find out the story behind the street named Henry Avenue in Hatzic here

    March 19th, 2016...
    CLOSED March 25th
    The Mission Community Archives is closed on Good Friday, March 25th. We will resume our regular hours of operation on March 31st at noon. Please note there will no updates to our website during that time.

    If you wish to visit the archives on March 31st, please Email the archives or leave a telephone message and you will be contacted by staff. We look forward to assisting you.

    March 12th, 2016...
    Archives staff is busy planning celebrations for the 21st anniversary of annual celebration of women which is being held on October 1st, 2016.

    Women to be honoured in 2016 will be selected from nominations and we need your help in identifying potential honourees. Within your organization or business there are undoubtedly women who are inspirational to others through their achievements at home, work and /or the community. We encourage you to use a nomination form to let us know who they are. Click here to download a form. The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2016.

    For additional information, please contact the Community Archivist, Val Billesberger, by calling 604 820-2621 (Thursdays or Friday afternoons only) or send an email to the archivist, Val Billesberger.
    March 5th, 2016...
    The Mission District Historical Society, the governing authority of the Mission Community Archives, is having its annual general meeting on March 30th.

    To find out further details about it, including who is going to be the special guest speaker VISIT the society's website. Everyone is welcome to attend!

    February 23rd, 2016...
    A capacity crowd attended the opening reception of a special exhibit of student artwork and photograph - a collaborative exhibition between Mission Secondary and the Mission Community Archives titled "Places That Matter."

    Comprised of 36 pieces by grades 10, 11, and 12 students, the images captured notable places in the community. Twenty-seven of the pieces included personal statements by the students explaining what made the place they chose special to them.

    While on display almost 100 people came to see it and all were impressed. Here are some of the visitor's comments….

  • I am impressed with what youth have identified as important in our community. Well done everyone!

  • What great talent we have in Mission!

  • A really lovely idea. What a wonderful collaboration between the Community Archives and Mission Secondary. Thank you for doing this exhibit I really liked it.

  • A wonderful exhibition. I've lived in the community for over 20 years and I saw it in a new light - thank you for sharing!

    A very special thanks to the teachers and students who participated in this unique and memorable exhibit.

    Grade 11 and 12 Art - TEACHER: Kathy Baker
    Madison Adams, Kathleen Clingwell, Kelly Coulson, Xu Da, Kayla Fisher, Taylor Fraser, Rebecca Flynn, Brittany Grant, Bethan Griffiths, Blake Hudson, Dylon McLay, Makayla Morgante, Katrina Penner-Loat, Cameron Palmer, Rosa Ravenstein, Suyeon Roh, Michelle Wiebe, Thomasina Williams, and Ashley Wittrock.

    Grade 10 Social Studies - TEACHER: Jamie McGrath
    Loreejane-Agamata, Vanessa Beckmann, Sara-Salah-Derradji, Kianna Elmes, Brianna-Ferguson, Lisa Hill, Sawako Ishii, Rebecca Kelder, Emma McWilliams, Kenyan Motala, Edan-Parent, Angie Pellegrino, Carissa Selbie, Gabi Simon, Hannah-Snipstead, Sewon Son, and Tanisha Townsend.

    February 13th, 2016...

  • February 10th - 21st Mission Fairgrounds: A Cultural Gathering Place
    Mission Leisure Centre 7650 Grand Street Mission BC
    A joint exhibit by Mission Community Archives & Mission Museum which introduces the broad range of events, activities and community milestones which have occurred on this property from the early 1900s to 2000s.

  • February 13th - 21st Mission: Places That Matter
    Mission Library 33247 Second Avenue, Mission BC
    A display of historic photographs by the Mission Community Archives and artifacts from Mission Museum showcasing some of the "special places" in Mission along with the schedule of community events organized to celebrate Heritage Week.

  • February 14th - 21st Art & Architecture of Distinctive Destinations
    Mission Leisure Centre Display Cases 7650 Grand Street Mission BC
    Organized by Creativity & Culture 365, this exhibit will comprise a variety of mediums - artwork, drawings, photographs, carvings etc. - celebrating sites currently in Mission's Community Heritage Register: Fraser River Heritage Park, Mission Memorial Center, Mission Museum, Mission Post Office, The Power House at Stave Falls SilverHill Hall and Xa:ytem Longhouse.

  • February 17th Whistle Posts with Author Brian Antonson
    Lifetime Learning Centre 32444 7th Avenue Mission BC 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
    From 10:00 am to noon, Brian Antonson will speak about his latest book written in collaboration with Mary Trainer which is a collection of exciting tales from the world of railroading in British Columbia and Alberta. Fee: Members $7 Non-members: $10

  • February 17th - 20th Mission: Places That Matter
    Mission Community Archives 33215 Second Avenue Mission BC
    An Opening Reception will be held from 3:30 - 5:00 pm on February 17th for this extraordinary exhibition featuring 20 artworks and 16 photographs by Mission Secondary School students from grades 10, 11 and 12, capturing places in the community that in their opinion have a special quality, style, and attractiveness. The exhibit will be on display during Heritage Week on Thursday (Noon to 8:00 pm), Friday (9:00 am - 5:00 pm) and Saturday (1:00 - 4:00 pm).

    Mission Museum 33201 Second Avenue Mission BC
    The Museum's public hours will be extended in honour of Heritage Week: Wednesday 1:30 - 3:30 pm, Thursday- Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Be sure to visit the Museum, Mission Community Archives or the Mission Library during Heritage Week to enter the Mission Museum's "This Place Matters" draw to win a Mission Museum gift basket!

  • February 18th Jam Session: Celebrating Heritage Through Music
    Mission Seniors Activity Centre 33100 10th Avenue (at Taulbut), Mission, BC 1:00 - 3:00 PM
    Bring your musical instrument or come and watch this informal gathering of musicians improvising together from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Located on part of what was once known as the Fairgrounds, the Mission Community Archives will have a display of historic photos of some events that took place on the property.

  • February 21st Distinctive Destinations - Silverhill Hall
    31016 Silverhill Avenue, Mission, BC 2:00 - 4:00 PM
    Visit one of Mission's designated historic buildings (2004) located approximately 8 Kilometres west of downtown Mission. From 2:00 - 4:00 pm, there will be tours, displays on the history of the building and refreshments served by members of the Silverhill Hall Association

  • February 15th - 21st Facebook - Places That Matter in Mission
    During Heritage Week be sure to visit Mission Community Archives. and Mission Museum on Facebook for special posts about special events and distinctive destinations in our community. Also visit the Cultural Resources Commission on Facebook for posts about special places in Mission featuring public art.
    January 16th, 2016...
    Plans are currently being finalized by the Community Archives and Mission Museum to celebrate this year's Heritage Week which is happening between February 15th and the 21st.

    The 2016 theme chosen by Heritage BC is Distinctive Destinations. The Archives and Museum will be developing the theme beyond "historic places" within the community by including places that are also memorable to residents and visitors. Watch for the schedule of events which will be posted the first week of February on our website and Facebook.

    January 9th, 2016...
    NEW FEATURE - Blast from the Past
    Commencing next Tuesday - January 12th - the Community Archives Facebook page will launch a new weekly feature titled: Blast from the Past. This latest feature is a joint venture with Mission Museum who will be posting their own Blast from the Past every Saturday Check it out!

    The new weekly post on the Archives Facebook page will feature photographs from the past based upon a monthly theme. The proposed subjects for 2016 are:

  • JANUARY - Developments in Technology
  • FEBRUARY - Places That Matter
  • MARCH - Homes & Gardens
  • APRIL - Art & Artists
  • MAY - Sports & Leisure
  • JUNE - Here comes the bride...
  • JULY - Festivals & Parades
  • AUGUST - Mile 44 - Mission Businesses
  • SEPTEMBER - Back to School
  • OCTOBER - Mission's Extraordinary Women
  • NOVEMBER - We will remember them….
  • DECEMBER - Tis the Holiday Season

    Be sure to VISIT our Facebook page every Tuesday to experience a Blast from the Past!

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