We're getting ready to embark on the digitization project of the Chilliwack Progress historic newspapers. The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre has granted us $15,000 towards the project. This combined with the City of Chilliwack, the Chilliwack Foundation, Black Press and the Chilliwack Progress contributions, mean you will be able to search back issues of the newspaper- dating to 1891 online! Stay tuned... we will provide updates on the project as we go.
For thousands of years, the ancestors of the Stó:lō, the people of the river, have lived beside the Fraser River and in adjacent river valleys. In 1858, gold was found in the Fraser River canyon around the community of Yale. Thousands of newcomers subsequently flooded into British Columbia. While most continued in their quest for gold, others settled beside the river. A small agriculturally-based community, named Chilliwack, began to form.
The Chilliwack Museum and Archives began collecting objects and archival documents in 1958, amassing a collection that chronicles the lengthy history of the area. We welcome visitors to our web site and to our museum and archives buildings to learn about this history.