Catch a guided tour at the archives

The new state-of-the art shelving is already making a big difference for the Chilliwack Museum and Archives staff.

The new state-of-the art shelving is already making a big difference for the Chilliwack Museum and Archives staff.

There’s lots more room and better storage capacity gained with the museum-quality rolling shelving that was installed.

“With this addition, our collection storage facility is one of the best purpose-built archival facilities in the Lower Mainland,” said Shannon Bettles, heritage collections manager.

The 4,000-square foot addition on Corbould Street was the focus of a recently completed archives expansion, which cost about half a million dollars.

The museum’s entire artifact and archives collection is now centralized in one accessible location, as opposed to being scattered all over Evergreen Hall.

Various levels of government, businesses, museum members and the public came through with ample donations to make the renovation possible, say officials.

“The money raised allowed us to complete a project that meets professional standards and the facility will no doubt continue to serve the community for years to come,” said museum director Ron Denman.

They’re celebrating the new addition with an open house on Oct. 15 at the archives from 1 to 3 p.m. Take a behind-the-scenes guided tour to get a glimpse at some of Chilliwack’s storied treasures. The Archives is located at 9291 Corbould Street.