The Museum’s permanent collection started in 1958 when the first Chilliwack Museum was opened in a room in the local police station. The founders of the historical society had deep roots in the community. Brothers Oliver Wells and Casey Wells were the grandsons of A.C. Wells who settled on a farm in Sardis in 1865. As amateur historians and anthropologists they left us with our foundation collection, biographies of early settlers, interviews with Sto:lo elders, oral histories from a wide variety of people and much more.
The Board of Trustees are elected at a yearly annual general meeting. The Chilliwack Museum and Historical Society welcomes new members year round, with a range of categories for individuals, families, or businesses. See what type of membership is right for you!