News & Events
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.

On October 1st from noon until 3pm as part of this year's Culture Days celebrations in Mission, the Community Archives and Museum will be offering for the whole family. Watch for details about what's happening at the Community Archives on our website later this month.

READ about the remarkable lives of women whose records have been acquired by the archives through its Paths & Pathfinders: Women of Mission Program. This week find out about Lucetta Solloway - one of Mission's most prominent and spirited woman pioneers who was honoured posthumously through the Program in 1999.

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 (left to right: Archivist Val Billesberger, volunteer Pooja Rattan, summer student, Tessa Grogan) were dressed to the nines in clothing provided by Fashion Historian Karin Edberg-Lee of Silverhill to celebrate Mission's memorable 40s. Click here to read more.

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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: 1956

Fraser Valley Record fonds / Mission Community Archives

TUGS FLOAT NEW MISSION BRIDGE SPAN into place on July 22, 1956 - "just a year less a day after a section of the 50 year old CPR bridge span collapsed and plunged into the Fraser River." The span - 158 feet in length, 28 feet in height and an estimated 220 tons in weight - was erected on the top of two Bailey bridges resting on two scows that were tied together and moored at the Mission wharf. The loss of the bridge crossing between Mission and the south side of the Fraser Valley for such a long period of time had a serious impact on the economic development of Mission because of the huge loss of business from Abbotsford and other surrounding communities.

This WEEK visit our Facebook page for Throwback Thursdays, Historical Trivialities and our new weekly feature: Blast From the Past. sure to follow us on for news and upcoming events.

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