News & Events

[News]   Xá:ytem / Hatzic Rock on Canada's Historic Places

July 2014

You never know what you might see at Canada's Historic Places! Xá:ytem / Hatzic Rock showed up on the main page of the site--wonderful to see Mission's Heritage on a national site.

"The Canadian Register of Historic Places (CRHP) is Canada's definitive source of information on historic places." It is a site that brings together education and conservation tools in order to keep our historic resources in our communities.

Please look for this, and other, local heritage resources on the site Canada's Historic Places.

[News]   Silverhill Hall on front page of Canada's Historic Places

July 2014

Canada's Historic Places has featured Silverhill Hall as a "New Place" on their front page.

"The Canadian Register of Historic Places (CRHP) is Canada's definitive source of information on historic places." It is a site that brings together education and conservation tools in order to keep our historic resources in our communities.

Please look for this, and other, local heritage resources on the site Canada's Historic Places.


[News]   New Coordinator for Heritage Places Branch

August 2013

The Heritage Places Branch is pleased to announce that Dawn Smaill has joined our team as Coordinator. Dawn brings a variety of experience with her from working overseas in education to volunteering for various local and university-based organizations to a degree in Communications. As well, she is currently working on her diploma in Library and Information Technology at the University of the Fraser Valley.

Her focus will be on timely updates of the Heritage Places Branch website--including the profiles of the Heritage Inventory, organization of its records, and updating a walking tour guide.

"I am excited to be joining the Mission District Historical Society as Heritage Places Branch Coordinator in their work preserving and recording Mission's heritage resources to share with the community. I am dedicated to continuing this valuable work that serves to document Mission's vibrant history. To that end, I am also pleased to be working in conjunction with the Mission Community Archives in regards to research of the heritage, historic places, and natural environment from the Mission District and surrounding area. I look forward to sharing Mission's heritage with you."

Please watch for updates to the Heritage Places Branch website. As always, we are continually seeking more information about Mission's special heritage places, and if you have stories that you would like to share, we are very interested in hearing from you--please email us.


[News]   Launching a New Searchable Database of Historic Sites

December 2012 - MDHS Historian, Winter Newsletter

Have you been dying to find out where jam was once made in Mission? Or what buildings may have been constructed the year your mother was born?

It may soon be easier to find out, as the Heritage Places Branch launches a database of Mission's historic sites just in time for the new year. Over the next few weeks we will be migrating all of our existing Profiles of Historic Sites into the new portal, which will feature a search function! Search for "chocolate", "flood", or "wood frame", and you'll find out where jam was once made!

The new database will also benefit Heritage Places' staff and volunteers in the future; making it easier to get historic site information and images online, maintain and update existing lists, and standardize profile record formats. The Gateway Project was funded in part by a 120th Anniversary Grant awarded by the District of Mission, which we gratefully acknowledge for providing the financial assistance necessary to establish a gateway to Mission's heritage resources preserved by the Historical Society's branches.

As 2013 gets underway be sure to keep an eye out for changes to our website as we integrate the new database.


[Event]   Turn On The Juice: The Development of Electricity in Mission

February 19, 2012 - The Power House at Stave Falls

To celebrate this year's Heritage Week theme, 'Energy in BC,' we featured posters documenting some of the history of the Stave Falls area including an exploration of hydro development and its lasting impact. 'Turn On The Juice' exhibits by the three branches of the Mission District Historical Society were on display February 19-26th at the Power House at Stave Falls. The official launch of the exhibits followed a Heritage Awards presentation by the Mission Community Heritage Commission, and celebrated the history of electrical energy in Mission and the personalities and sites that formed the core of its power communities.