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You can find out the fascinating story behind the names of local streets by reading our Street Stories This week read about the street named Rolley Lake in Stave Falls here

READ about the remarkable lives of women whose records have been acquired by the archives through its Paths & Pathfinders: Women of Mission Program (est.1996). This week find out about Helen Boyd - who was affectionately nicknamed "Grandma Boyd." She was honoured through the Paths & Pathfinders: Women of Mission Program in 2006.

At the Mission Community Archives volunteers of all ages play a significant role working with a trained professional to preserve and make accessible Mission's documentary heritage.

The archivist welcomes individuals with a passion for history and the community who would be interested in helping with the archives programs and services. Visit the archives this upcoming week or please email the Archivist, Val Billesberger, to find out about the broad range of volunteer opportunities.

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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.

Glimpses of the Past: 1980

Fraser Valley Record fonds / Mission Community Archives

MAY DAY DIAMOND ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS were held over a three day period in 1980. Organized by the Elks and Royal Purple Lodges and officiated by Mayor John Agnew, the 60th anniversary festivities included a gala party at the Elks Hall at which there was a banquet and dancing; bus tours of Mission for former May Day royalty; music and dance performances; tea at the Mission Museum, and a Sunday morning breakfast, which concluded the festivities. Former May queens who reigned between 1924 and 1979 attended the diamond anniversary celebrations as special guests of the Mission Elks and Order of the Royal Purple. They along with former princesses were introduced during the crowning ceremony in the Mission Leisure Centre.

If you or anyone you know can identify the former May Day queens in the above photograph, please email the archivist, Val Billesberger.

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