News & Events
August 16, 2014.....

  • New Acqusition.... This past week surviving records from the Fruitvale Rebekah Lodge No. 41 were donated by members of Helen Swan's (former secretary) family. The Lodge was instituted in Mission on June 3rd, 1920 with 6 charter members and was operational until 1994. The records include a detailed membership register (1920-1994) and photographs. If you or anyone you know were a member of the lodge, please email
  • the archivist.

  • Rockin River Music Festival Fundraiser - Last Saturday, 10 individuals for the Mission Community Archives joined ranks with 7 for the Museum to form a clean-up team to raise funds. A special thanks to Kristin Parsons, Executive Director of the Mission Adopt-A-Block Society, for her excellent coordination and to all our amazing team members: Keith and Val Billesberger, Emily Drain, Hazel Godley, Jacqui Govereau, Robin Gregory, Hailey Froggatt, Joanne Hanuse, Beth Harris, Sheryl McKamey, Bruce McKinnon, Greg Peterson, MiKayla Ponting-Wetteland, Sheila Roberts, Sara Race, Dan Shepard, and Dawn Smaill.

  • Celebrating ONE Year - On August 22 we're celebrating our 1st facebook birthday. Celebrate with us by SHARING our Page and Posts, helping to bring us to 200 likes before our birthday!!! Be sure to visit our Facebook page on August 22nd and see our NEW look!

  • MISSION'S NOTABLE WOMEN - READ about the remarkable lives of women whose records have been acquired by the archives and visit our Facebook page every Wednesday to find out this week's featured notable woman. This past week the biography of Carol Hine (1958- ), the founder of SAINTS - an animal rescue service and sanctuary for senior and special needs animals - was added.

  • 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: 1923

    OSBOURNE'S ICE CREAM PARLOUR - located on First Avenue between Welton and Horne, was owned and operated by Edmond and Edith Osbourne. The above photograph is the interior of the second one constructed in 1923. In 1926, they added a "dance pavilion" and the following year, it was equipped for radio broadcasting. At the time, Mission enjoyed the distinction of being the smallest town in America having its own broadcasting station. After operating for only 3 months, however, the owner of the radio station, a Mr. Earl Streeter, sold it to Clarence Wells and Jack Menzies of Chilliwack "due to a lack of public support." Based out of Chilliwack, it was renamed CHWK. SHARE our community's heritage - please email the link to this page to others and ask them to do the same.

    Mission Community Archives / Mission City Record fonds

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