The Mission Community Archives is staging a special photographic exhibition titled “Over 100 Years of Mission” to mark Archives Week in B.C. / File Photo

‘Over 100 Years of Mission’ showcases local history

Photographic exhibition held at the Mission Community Archives

The Mission Community Archives is staging a special photographic exhibition titled “Over 100 Years of Mission” to mark Archives Week in B.C.

The event demonstrates the use of archival materials for illustrating change over time in the community.

The exhibit features historical photographs of iconic places housed in the archives along with ones taken this year by aspiring photographer Katrina Penner-Loat.

The exhibition captures the essence of these places through the storied images and captions for each image.

The official opening takes place on Saturday, Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Mission Community Archives. During it, the public will have the opportunity to meet and speak with Penner-Loat about her work and film photography. In addition to taking the contemporary photographs, she also developed all of the prints in the exhibit.

Archivist Val Billesberger explained that the partnership with the aspiring photographer came about following Penner-Loat’s use of the archives’ images for a photography project she did this year towards completing the fine arts program at the University of the Fraser Valley.

“Her documentary style photography in conjunction with the historic images she selected was impressive. She creatively used the images to tell stories about and elevate understanding of change in our community in a meaningful way. I therefore approached Katrina about sharing her work through a public exhibition at the archives,” explained Billesberger.

Following the opening, the exhibit will be on view, during the archives regular hours of operation, until Dec. 20.

The archive is open Thursdays from noon until 8 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. For more information contact the Mission Community Archives at

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