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Oral History

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.

Tech Time: Learn to Use Your Tablet, Computer or Cell Phone

With students from Fraserview Learning Centre & Valerie Sprott Please bring your cell phone, ipod, tablet, e-reader, or other device, and we will have students on hand who can show you how to get the most from [...]

Bus Tour: Interurban Heritage Train

Interurban Heritage Train Tour After your ride on Car 1225, take a guided tour of the Carbarn and see the restoration process underway! During the  Carbarn Tour, you will: Learn all about the history of [...]

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Art Appreciation: The Exhibition: Focus on Contemporary Art & Artists

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Escaping Death and Other Adventures

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Bus Tour: Bad Rock Tour

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Banned and Censored Books

With Brian Murdoch This two-hour presentation will provide a glimpse of the history of works which have been censored or banned, together with a consideration of some of the common themes underlying such actions.  Specific [...]