News & Events
The Engineering Department of the District of Mission has initiated a program to wrap some its utility boxes along main streets to enhance the areas in which they are located.

Utility box on corner of Best and Cedar

During the past two weeks, boxes along Cedar Street have been wrapped with historic photographs from the Mission Community Archives that capture the early 1900s in the community.

The first installations are images of Mission's CPR bridge, 1909 (box on corner of 7th and Cedar), early Mission businesses along Grand Street c.1916 (box on corner of Best and Cedar) and the historic CPR train station,1900s (box on corner of Cherry and Cedar).

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BC CULTURE DAYS: Dear Mission Exhibition
As part of local celebrations to mark BC Culture Days, on September 26th the Archives is once again staging the exhibit titled Dear Mission, which will feature images from the extensive holdings of contemporary photographer Dr. Noel Hall that are housed in the Archives. This year there will be both an ONSITE and ONLINE version of the exhibit with some NEW images. READ MORE

The Mission Community Archives is opening their 20th annual Paths and Pathfinders: Women of Mission exhibit on October 3rd at 1:30 PM at the Cedar Valley Mennonite Church. READ MORE

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

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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: 1960

Fraser Valley Record fonds / Mission Community Archives

BACK TO SCHOOL was front page news in the September 7th edition of the Fraser Valley Record in 1960. Featuring a series of photographs spanning across the top of the page, including the ones above, the newspaper reported that the opening day enrollment figures for each school were as follows: Mission Senior High - 619; Mission Junior High - 507; Cedar Valley School - 129; Deroche School - 53; Dewdney School - 157; ESR School - 156; Ferndale School - 53; Hatzic School - 85; Hatzic Prairie School - 63; Lake Erroch School - 18; McConnell Creek School - 11; Nicomen Island School - 22; Mission Central School - 437; Silverdale School - 68; Silverhill School - 27; Stave Falls School - 26; Steelhead School - 16; and West Heights - 186. The students in the above photographs are: (left to right) Betty Fulton, Sharon Imakire and Terry Beckstrom.

Coming in the fall...a NEW REGULAR feature on the website: Your Stories, Our Heritage

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