Archives hopes to raise funds to furnish expanded facility

With both arms extended, Paul Ferguson twirled around the expansive, new 4,000 square foot Chilliwack Archives addition.

“Look at this wonderful open space,” the curator exclaimed.

With both arms extended, Paul Ferguson twirled around the expansive, new 4,000 square foot Chilliwack Archives addition.

“Look at this wonderful open space,” the curator exclaimed.

On Friday afternoon, the room was empty, shelving had not yet been installed and the collection is still months away from being brought back into the Evergreen Hall facility, but you couldn’t really blame Ferguson for his excitement.

Chilliwack Archives, a research and storage facility, has been over capacity for 10 years, squished into a 2,500 square foot space that was more like 1,500 square feet when you factored in the office, lunch room, and furniture. Several pieces in the collection had to be stored off-site because of limited space, and some artifacts had to be declined also because of limited space.

Not anymore.

Last July the City of Chilliwack committed to a 4,000 square foot addition, worth $430,000, that is set to be complete later this month.

But with the new addition, comes a whole new set of costs.

Rolling shelving units, shelf-lining foam, map cabinets, pallet shelving, acid-free storage boxes, acid-free tissue, newspaper storage boxes, a new, digital microfilm reader are all on the expenses list.

Chilliwack Museum and Archives hopes to raise $250,000 for the facility; so far, $104,000 has been raised.

“This is a magnificent jewel in our community that belongs to the people of Chilliwack,” said Ferguson. “We’ve got 10,000 years of human history here, Chilliwack specific material.”

And the ongoing fundraiser is all about preserving that material.

In addition to the expansion, the existing space was also renovated, with walls taken out, to provide more office and research space for the community to seek out historical information and work on projects.

“It’s going to make our collection easier to access,” said Ferguson.

For more information or to donate, contact Chilliwack Museum and Archives at 604-795-9255 or visit the website

Just Posted

Chilliwack residents reminded to ‘stand by your pan’ after kitchen fire Tuesday

Unattended pot on stove leads to fire and smoke damage in McIntosh apartment unit

Session will help Chilliwack seniors with paperwork plans

The June 25 info session will cover POAs, wills, and more

Question period won’t change after Chilliwack trustee motion fails

Public participation will continue to be limited to items on the night’s agenda

Chilliwack trustees divided on Trans Mountain pipeline route near two schools

School district will pen letter to NEB to ask for re-routing away from schools to be considered

Summer service by bus from Chilliwack to Cultus Lake starting soon

Seasonal change will see bus service from Vedder Road to Cultus elementary until Labour Day

VIDEO: Acknowledging skeptics, finance minister vows to build Trans Mountain project

Bill Morneau said he recognizes ‘huge amount of anxiety’ in Calgary over future of oil and gas sector

B.C. man faces deportation over father’s honour-killing conviction

Father lied to immigration, was later acquitted of charges in Jassi Sidhu’s murder

RCMP allows officers to grow beards

Members can now wear beards and goatees, as long as they’re neatly groomed

Girl, 10, poisoned by carbon monoxide at B.C. campsite could soon return home

Lucille Beaurain died and daughter Micaela Walton, 10, was rushed to B.C. Children’s Hospital on May 18

30 years later: B.C. woman uses sidewalk chalk to reclaim site of her sexual assault

Vancouver woman didn’t think her powerful story, written in chalk, would ignite such support

Slain friend motivates rookie football player to make it with hometown B.C. Lions

Jaylen Sandhu, stabbed to death in 2014, a source of inspiration for promising RB Jamel Lyles

Men caught with illegal gun near Burnaby elementary school

They were sitting in a parked car near Cameron Elementary

Home care for B.C.’s elderly is too expensive and falls short: watchdog

Report says seniors must pay $8,800 a year for daily visits under provincial home support program

B.C. ‘struggling’ to meet needs of vulnerable youth in contracted care: auditor

Auditor general says youth in contracted residential services may not be getting support they need

Most Read