At Lifetime Learning we believe that one of our duties is to preserve Mission’s unique history. Through our Oral History Archives we collect and make available to researchers and the public, the little-told stories of the people of Mission.

In our collection, there are stories from Missionites who remember raised sidewalks on Main Street, the original “swimming pool”, summer jobs at the King Beach factory, and businesses, families, community events and clubs from Mission’s past. Oral Histories preserve the sights, the smells, the sounds of yesterday, and tell the story of creating the Mission we know today.

Lifetime Learning’s Oral History Program owes its continued success to the volunteers who graciously donate their time and talents to digitizing, summarizing and transcribing these histories.

The collection consists of audio recordings on cassette tapes. Some of the oral histories have been transcribed, and some have been summarized. A number of the audio tapes have been digitized and converted to CDs. Tapes and CDs are not available for borrowing, but researchers and members of the public are most welcome to to consult the collection by appointment during our office hours.


July 18, 2013 by LLC_Admin in Events, Events By Type, Oral History, Past Events 2013, Past Events By Year, Tea

Remembrance Day: Tea & Remembrances

  Music and Stories from our Past, Remembering our veterans and peace keepers     Date: Wed, Nov 6, 2013 Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Cost:  $7 (members) /$10 (members)

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September 13, 2012 by LLC_Admin in Floods, Oral History

A Flood of Memories

In 1998, Lifetime Learning created a valuable addition to the historical record of the Mission community. To mark the 50th anniversary of the disastrous Fraser Valley Flood of May 27th 1948, a commemorative documentary was created by many Lifetime Learning volunteers, Mission community members, municipal and provincial partners and The

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August 15, 2012 by LLC_Admin in Health & Medicine, My Story, Oral History, Women

Mission History – A Doctor’s Family

Catherine Marcellus recalls her role as a physician’s wife in the 1950′s, 1960′s and 1970′s in Mission. She also recalls the public image of the doctor’s family, and the social roles, obligations and expectations they were aware of. Marcellus talks about her public life, and what was expected of her

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August 15, 2012 by LLC_Admin in Education, Local Government, Oral History

Mission History – Places and Spaces

Two Mission residents discuss heritage places and spaces. They reflect on how festivals, the Fall Fair and other special events that people experienced in the past can be remembered. they also consider the integration of local heritage in the present so may be memories are preserved. They talk about a

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August 15, 2012 by LLC_Admin in Floods, Oral History

Mission History – The Flood of ’48

A number of Mission residents gather at Carrington House to remember the 1948 Flood in Mission. They describe neighbourhoods that were flooded, how the community came to the aid of families in need, and the necessity of evacuation for some families. They recount what they saw and heard, and how

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August 15, 2012 by LLC_Admin in Multicultural Traditions, Oral History

Mission History – Christmas

A number of Mission residents meet at Carrington House to share their personal Christmas memories and traditions. They discuss the kinds of foods and dishes that were prepared, the preparation of various holiday treats and the kinds of gifts they received and bought or made for giving. Specific events associated with

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August 15, 2012 by LLC_Admin in Floods, Industry & Business, Modernizing, Oral History, Transportation

Mission History – River Industry

At this roundtable discussion, members of the community share memories, experiences and knowledge of the Mission River Industry from the 19th century to present day. The members discuss the river industry from the late 1800’s to the 1920’s, through the 1930’s to the flood of 1948, 1948 to the 1970’s,

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August 15, 2012 by LLC_Admin in Industry & Business, Modernizing, Oral History, Transportation

Mission History – The Fraser River

A participatory session that explores the industries and activities that were predominant on Mission’s waterfront in the early years. Various members share their stories. Martin Dorner discusses the “Lifeblood of the Economy”, David Horne discusses Silverdale and the cut ice on the river, Manzer’s sawdust, Hanna G. was an artist,

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August 15, 2012 by LLC_Admin in Health & Medicine, Local Government, Oral History

Mission History – Seniors

A Lifetime Learning panel discussion and healthcare workshop with three Mission residents who discuss seniors’ issues and concerns. They raise issues such as healthcare, community housing, assisted living, and supportive housing. Other issues addressed are pharmacare, tax credits for volunteers, the extended care unit at the Mission Hospital, as well as

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August 15, 2012 by LLC_Admin in Health & Medicine, Local Government, Modernizing, Oral History

Mission History – Mission Memorial Hospital

A Lifetime Learning event to commemorate the Mission Hospital and its 40th anniversary. Suzanne Vermeer introduces the event. Participants discuss the beginning of the hospital and people involved. Dr. Jim Marcellus talks about the old hospital and the new hospital, doctors at the hospital, nurses, auxiliary, community involvement, differences between the

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