News & Events
Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate the Meet me on Main Street official opening on February 21st. A highlight of the event was Glen Kask's multimedia narration of three captivating events that took place on today's First Avenue - Mission's impromptu victory parade in 1918, the official opening of the first paved street in 1929 and finally, an OPEN HOUSE WEEK in 1956 to celebrate the restoration of a vital traffic artery over the Fraser River.

The exhibit - Meet me on Main Street - will be on view until April 30th. You can come by the Community Archives at 33215 - 2nd Avenue to see it during our regular hours of operation on Thursdays and Fridays.

A special thanks to all those who helped promote and provided assistance for the event, including: the District of Mission Parks & Recreation and Planning Departments, What's On Mission magazine, the Mission Library and Archives volunteers: Keith Billesberger, Jean Chalifoux, Samantha Eastman, Jessica Huntley, Glen Kask, Donna Rash, and Loretta White. The exhibit would not have been possible without this support!

An application to participate in the Mission Adopt-A-Block Annual Spring Clean-up fundraiser has recently been approved.

Now the Mission Community Archives needs to put together a "team" of 20 volunteers to clean an assigned route on May 2 beginning at 9am - rain or shine. In return for contributing to the community-wide litter clean-up, up to $400 will be raised for the Archives. It is a win-win situation.

If you or anyone you know is willing to assist with this fundraiser, please email the archivist, Val Billesberger.

WE NEED YOU... This year you can make a lasting contribution to your community by becoming a volunteer at the Mission Community Archives. CLICK HERE to find out more.

MISSION'S NOTABLE WOMEN... DISCOVER the remarkable lives of local women whose records have been acquired by the archives through the Paths & Pathfinders: Women of Mission Program.

MISSION STREETS... You can find out the fascinating story behind the names of local streets by reading our Street Stories
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: 1954

Fraser Valley Record fonds / Mission Community Archives

OVERWAITEA in Mission opened a second store on the south side of Main Street on June 25, 1954 which cost a $100,000. The advertisement in the local newspaper for their grand opening boasted: OVERWAITEA is proud to announce the opening of a new store in Mission City. The store has an ultra modern meat market - fixtures - lighting - wide shopping aisles - speedee checkouts - and a read checkout to enable you to park on Railway St. and use the convenient rear entrance for customers. FREE orchids to the ladies - hampers of groceries to lucky winners A child's real jeep to be drawn for Pacific Milk demonstrator in attendance. (Fraser Valley Record, June 23, 1954 S/S:2)

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