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October 11th, 2014.....

Archives under construction, 1994
Dominion Construction Company Photo
Mission Community Archives

Archives Celebrating Milestone
On October 7th, 1994 a dream was realized. A custom-designed, state of the art facility providing optimal space for Mission's documentary heritage was officially opened. The building was filled to capacity by people who came to witness the historic event - the first facility of its kind in the community and the Fraser Valley.

The Community Archives was constructed as part of the new library complex which opened earlier that same year. The planning, constructing and opening of the new Mission Community Archives facility involved local government officials and personnel, members of the Mission District Historical Society, citizens of the community, contractors, architects, conservators and many more.

On October 29th at 2PM, there will be a joint 20th anniversary celebration with the library. There will be displays about the construction and the vital role these two information resource centres serve in the community. Mark the date on your calendar so you do not miss this milestone celebration! Watch for further details in the upcoming weeks.

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Operated by the Mission District Historical Society, a non-profit organization, the Mission Community Archives welcomes your financial support to advance our programs and services. Your donation will help us to preserve and provide better access to the community's documentary heritage.

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Welcome
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: 1950

Mission Community Archives / J.L.English fonds

AROUND TOWN was first published on February 10, 1949 by the "Mission Business Services." Intended as a shopping guide to local businesses, the editor stated in the first issue: It will not be devoted purely to advertising. It is hoped that you will find the various features and columns of interest to you. It is not intended to compete with the dailies or weekly newspapers. Items of interest that are not news items will be the theme. (Vol.1 No. 1) This "Thanksgiving and Hunting Season" themed issue marked a new era for the publication - each page was copied on to the metal plates used for printing. The Community Archives only has the first issue and the one featured above. If you or anyone you know have copies of the publication or more information about it, please email the archivist, Val Billesberger.

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