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October 4th, 2017...
Women of Style & Substance 2017
Once again this year the Community Archives has partnered with the Mission Museum to stage a joint event on October 14th at 1:30PM in the Cedar Valley Mennonite Church Auditorium to celebrate the remarkable women of our community and the world of fashion

Join us for an extraordinary afternoon where you will have the opportunity to meet and learn about the remarkable women of our community through the Community Archives 22nd Annual Celebration of Women! This year's honourees are: Mission firefighter Tara Griffith and Bronwen Sutherland, a dedicated, well-known advocate for the performing arts.

The Mission Community Archives is also presenting a special theatrical vignette to mark the 100th anniversary of limited female suffrage in Canada. It will feature the characters of two prominent women in the community - one of which was an active suffragist!

The Mission Museum will stage a Then & Now Fashion Show featuring fabulous 1950s and contemporary fashions which promises to be fun, entertaining and informative!

Mark the date on your calendar and buy your tickets now either online or at the Mission Community Archives during our regular hours of operation.

If you wish further information, please contact the Community Archivist, Val Billesberger, by calling 604 820-2621 (Thursdays or Friday afternoons only) or send her an email.

September 23rd, 2017...
Celebrate Mission's Culture Days with us! On September 30th from 10:00am until noon at the Community Archives you can view a special exhibit of over 65 vintage postcards and find out the stories behind them from Archivist Val Billesberger.

The postcards date from the early 1900's, before most people travelled widely, had telephones, cars, or cameras and before newspapers ran many illustrations. Spanning five decades, the postcards provide a remarkable visual record of Mission's heritage and "illuminate the attitudes and interests of the past."

March 15th, 2017...
Leisure Centre - Mission 125 Exhibits
Through the huge support of the District of Mission Parks,Recreation & Culture Department, the Community Archives in partnership with Mission Museum will have displays on the community's heritage in the front foyer of the Mission Leisure Centre for the remainder of 2017 as part of 125 celebrations.

Displays will cover a range of subjects from Mission's storied past and change approximately every six weeks. Be sure to visit the Leisure Centre this week and see the Community Archives new poster exhibit titled Land of Plenty featuring photographs and information on Mission's agricultural history and artifacts from Mission Museum.

February 11, 2017...
  • Looking Back at Mission
    A celebration of art & memory, this special exhibit will feature over 30 artworks created by grades 10, 11 and 12 students from École Mission Secondary School inspired by historic photographs of Mission dating from the early 1900s to the 1940s provided by the Community Archives. The exhibit opens in the Mission Community Archives on Thursday February 16th at noon and will be on display until the 24th during the following hours: February 17th (9am-5pm), 18th (1:30-4:00pm), 20th -22nd (2:00-4:30pm)and the 24th (noon until 8pm).

  • Mission's Community Builders
    A joint exhibit by Mission Community Archives and Mission Museum which showcases through a combination of archival photographs and museum artifacts some of the early visionary, progressive and enterprising men and women who made significant contributions to the development and enhancement of Mission over the past 125 years. The exhibit is on display until the middle of March in the front foyer area of the Mission Leisure Centre.

  • My Mission! Celebrating 125 Years
    If you're strolling downtown during Heritage Week, keep your eyes peeled for the display from the Mission District Historical Society's Heritage Places Branch. Posters detailing the history of four prominent historical buildings in Mission, including the old Municipal Hall, The Record newspaper office, the Royal Canadian Legion and the Masonic Hall, will be displayed in the windows of participating businesses. The posters will be on display until the end of February

  • A Slice of Small Town Life
    Official opening of an exhibit by Mission Museum on Saturday February 18th at 10am will examine our amazing community, highlighting several historic buildings and locales within 3-square blocks. Artifacts from the featured organizations, builders, and residents on the map will be on display. Plus - grab a postcard of the exhibit so you can go and see these places for yourself! Postcards will be distributed for free to visitors at the exhibit opening, and available for purchase in the Museum Gift Shop thereafter.

    January 21st, 2017...
    On Sunday, January 29th the Community Archives will commence a 125 day countdown to the Mission's 125th official birthday - Friday, June 2, 2017.

    "January 29th marks day one of exactly 125 days to Mission's official Quasquicentennial and so to help build the momentum and excitement in the community for Mission's Season of Celebration stated Archivist Val Billesberger, "our weekly Facebook feature Historical Trivialities will showcase community history that will cover the past 12˝ decades."

    "Operated by the Mission District Historical Society who is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year, the Community Archives is very excited to be playing a key role in many of the celebrations planned."

    Established in 1989 by the Mission District Historical Society, the Mission Community Archives houses a vivid, first-hand account of the Mission area's storied past. It is a treasure trove of information documenting over 125 years of the community's history, including its social, economic, and political development. Many of its resources have already been tapped by the District of Mission Parks, Recreation and Culture, the Mission City Record - just to name a few - for their planned activities.

    Be sure to VISIT our Facebook posts every SUNDAY starting January 29th to find out more about your community's incredible heritage.

    January 14th, 2017...
    As part of local events to mark Mission's 125th and Canada's 150th, this year our BLAST FROM THE PAST will feature photographs based upon a monthly theme to celebrate our community's and nation's heritage. The proposed subjects are:
  • JANUARY -Mission "Firsts"
  • FEBRUARY - Going the Distance
  • MARCH - Historic Neighborhoods
  • APRIL - The 3 "R's"
  • MAY - Heart of a Champion
  • JUNE - Our Mission
  • JULY - Oh Canada!
  • AUGUST -Making [kuh-nek-shuhns]
  • SEPTEMBER - Our Culture & Heritage
  • OCTOBER - Mission's Extraordinary Women
  • NOVEMBER - Chieftains, Whistle-Stoppers & Pacesetters
  • DECEMBER - With My Own Two Hands

  • Be sure to VISIT our Facebook page every Tuesday to experience a blast from the past!

    January 7th, 2017...
    2017 promises to be a great year of is Mission's 125th and Canada's 150th! Over the next 12 months the Mission Community Archives will be staging and participating in special events to mark the anniversaries and featuring more on our website and social media about our community's and nation's heritage.

    Watch for upcoming special features this month, including: Blast From the Past on our Facebook page will focus on some of "Mission Firsts," the beginning of an official 125 day countdown to Mission's official birthday ( January 29th - June 2, 2017); and upcoming Heritage Week Celebrations and Events!

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