OUR HISTORY: Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrated this year

Mission's Lifetime Learning Centre offers an event for Royal fans

The public’s fascination with royalty will be enhanced during this year’s Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

In some families memories and keepsakes have been handed down generationally. Mission’s Lifetime Learning Society is hosting Memorabilia and Monarchy: Royal Souvenirs and Commemorations on Feb. 18.

There will be music, archival film footage and photographs and exhibits of souvenirs and personal memorabilia — from coins to tea sets, serving trays to coffee table books. Everyone is encouraged to bring their favourite mementos.

Throughout 2012, The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee will be celebrated around the world, particularly in the 54 Commonwealth countries which make up almost a quarter of the population of the world. This year actually marks the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. She had ascended the throne at the age of 25 on Feb 6, 1952 following the death of her father King George VI.

If you are organizing an event, are interested in being involved, have memories of royal visits, scrapbooks, or stories, please contact Sharon at 604-615-6082.

Sharon Syrette is a community historian. Throughout 2012, she will research and share stories of Mission’s connection to royalty, and of local celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.