Saturday at the Chilliwack Museum is its 60th birthday party celebration (Chilliwack Progress file)

Celebrating 60 years of connecting people with Chilliwack’s past

Chilliwack Museum having a double celebration Saturday

The Chilliwack Museum and Archives is celebrating 60 years of connecting people with Chilliwack’s colourful history.

A birthday party and festivities are set for Saturday, May 13, at 10 a.m. at the Museum, 45820 Spadina Ave.

It’s being held during Museum’s 60th AGM to commemorate the founding of the Chilliwack Museum and Historical Society, recorded on April 10, 1957.

“We will be looking back at some of the history through community leaders like Oliver Wells and Chief Richard Malloway,” said Matthew Francis, executive director of Chilliwack Museum.

The celebration is actually for two milestones, since it also marks the 30 anniversary of the Museum taking up headquarters in the old City Hall.

The event has the theme of ‘Past, present and future.’

There will be brief presentations about the museum and long-time board member recognition, as well as a ribbon-cutting on new signs with special guests.

Of course they will be putting some relevant artifacts on display.

“We have the minutes from the first AGM,” Francis noted.

The new signs have a design meant to mirror the shape of the museum’s soaring, tall windows.

The new signs by Ace Signs and Fircrest Development are in partnership with City of Chilliwack.

Fircrest created the concrete pedestals that the signs will be affixed to, and they can apparently withstand galeforce winds, if need be.

A very special cake is being crafted by Kickass Cakes with a 3D design.

Admission to the Museum during the 60th celebration is free. Everyone is welcome. Festive refreshments will be served.