Today I would like to use this opportunity to promote a new event here at the Archives. Starting this year we have been having free behind-the-scenes tours of the Chilliwack Archives. The free tours are open to everyone and take place on the last Friday of the month. Hint, May 25th for this month. Each tour runs between 45 minutes to an hour.
Archivist Tristan Evans is pleased with the new sandwich board sign. Photo credit: Adrienne Rempel [February 6, 2018]
Are you curious what we are hiding behind those secret archive doors? Ever wondered where I disappear to when you request to view a fonds or photograph? Are you a long-time history nerd with serious questions and you want to know more about our local collections? Come to the tour. Are you brand new to the history field and just looking to see what all the hype is about at the Archives? Come to the tour. The tour is open to everyone, no previous research experience required. Seriously, it is a really great opportunity.
Below is all the information you need:
Where: Evergreen Hall, Chilliwack Archives, 9291 Corbould Street, Chilliwack, BC V2P 4A6
When: Last Friday of every month at 3:00 PM
Reservation: Not required! All you need to do is stop by the Archives at 3:00 PM
“I don’t always go on free tours, but when I do, it’s to visit the Chilliwack Archives”
-World’s Most Interesting Man
Archive Door protecting the secrets of the archive stacks. Photo credit: Tristan Evans [May 16, 2018]
I know that I’m not alone when I say I love visiting archives. Sure museums are fun, but how often do you get to see behind the scenes? You will be rewarded with the opportunity to explore how we catalogue and preserve archival records and cultural objects. At most institutions you are lucky to peak behind an archive door and glimpse a view at the secrets of the archival world. These glimpses into the mysterious world of an archivist are usually reserved for special occasions such as “archives week” or “culture week.” Not here at the Chilliwack Museum and Archives. We are very fortunate here in Chilliwack to have a large and diverse collection of archival records, artifacts, and cultural objects for a community of our size. My job is to preserve these archival records; but also, to make them available to the community. So please, stop by on the last Friday of every month, 3:00 PM, no RSVP!
Are you sold yet? If not, here are a couple comments I’ve heard after our first three tours:
Newspapers… Boxes and boxes of newspapers. Photo credit: Tristan Evans [May 16, 2018]
“I really enjoyed that, thank you”
“Oh wow! That was the greatest tour I have ever had in my entire life. It totally changed my life. Nothing can ever top this”
Okay… Maybe I slightly misquoted that last one and perhaps exaggerated a little bit. In all seriousness though, these tours are great. I really hope to keep them going and they are something that very few institutions offer. Generally speaking, the public is forbidden to go behind-the-scenes of an archive. These tours tear down those restrictions. They make my job less of a mystery to you, the public, and they are a perfect opportunity for you to ask questions you may have about our collections or general Chilliwack community history. I really hope to see you on May 25th or any other last Friday of the month.