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Mission is celebrating Canada Day at beautiful, historic Fraser River Heritage Park. For the first time ever, the Mission Community Archives will be participating in the event on July 1st from 8am to 3pm.

Swing by our booth at the Park and test your knowledge of Mission's Canada Day history with our trivia game. We'll also have games and historic photographs! Come out to celebrate, have fun, and test your knowledge of your community's heritage!

Starting on Monday, June 27, you can find out more about what the Archives will be doing through our Canada Day Countdown on our Facebook page.

For more information about Canada Day Celebrations in Mission CLICK HERE

MISSION STREETS - Casselman Crescent
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 Casselman Crescent in Mission here

Through a program established in 1996, the Mission Community Archives has proactively collected the records of and stories from the extraordinary women of Mission and District.

This week find out about Ethel Shook - a pioneer of Mission who assisted her husband establish one of the most successful berry farms in British Columbia. She was honoured through the Paths & Pathfinders: Women of Mission Program in 2000.

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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: June 26, 1946

Fraser Valley Record fonds / Mission Community Archives

1st ANNUAL STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL in Mission was held on June 26, 1946 - seventy years ago this year! The "Noon-to-Midnight" event was held on three blocks of Main Street (today's First Avenue)to promote Mission as "The Home of the Big Red Strawberry." Local politicians proclaimed the day as a holiday "to better enable citizens to participate or co-operate in the arrangements…assist the committees entertain the many visitors" anticipated. (SOURCE: Fraser Valley Record June 20,1946) The program of events included: the crowning of a Festival Queen, soap box derby races, rides on Percy Routledge's "famous miniature steam railway", "every hour on the hour entertainment," and dancing in the street. An estimated three to five thousand people attended the first festival.

The above photograph is of the 1946 Strawberry Festival Royalty and the winner of the Class B Sopa Box Derby Race(from left to right): Princesses Doris Grinstead, Bonnie Ellerbeck and Leona Swaren; Ken McInroy and Queen Grace Holmes - a teacher at Steelhead School.

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