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Annual Gift Basket Fundraiser
The Community Archives, Museum and Mission City Farmers Market are raffling off four amazing gift baskets to raise funds for the Mission District Historical Society.

Tickets are $2 each or three for $5 and the winning tickets will be drawn at the end of MissionFest on August 15th. Swing by the Archives or Mission Museum to purchase your tickets and a chance to win one of these incredible baskets - ticket sales begin on August 1st and continue until 4pm on the 15th.... READ MORE

Unique Program to Preserve Archives
Established in 2000 by Archivist Val Billesberger, the School Archives Program (SAP) is a unique partnership with Mission School District which encourages students and educational staff to become involved in the preservation of their local documentary heritage. FIND OUT about some of the records acquired through the program this year...

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

MISSION'S NOTABLE WOMEN... READ about the remarkable lives of women whose records have been acquired by the archives through the Paths & Pathfinders: Women of Mission Program.

Support the Archives!
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. We need your support!

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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: 1955

Mission City Record fonds / Mission Community Archives

FIRST EMERGENCY SERVICE ACROSS FRASER RIVER following the July 24th, 1955 collapse of the CPR Bridge span at Mission - 60 years ago this past week - was provided by Captain Charles Merchant on his tugboat, Weaver Lake. Deemed the "worst catastrophe since '48", a 150 span of the bridge suddenly dropped into the swollen waters of the river cutting off all auto and rail traffic between Mission, Matsqui, and Abbotsford (Fraser Valley Record July 27, 1955. On the far left of the photograph the missing portion of the bridge is visible.

According to newspaper reports, 2 drivers and 6 passengers narrowly missed death when the span gave way….Had the bridge collapsed later in the day, with the full Sunday tide of traffic running, many lives might have been lost. (Vancouver Province).The major transportation corridor was out of commission for a total of 384 days!!

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