About the Society
The Museum’s permanent collection started in 1958 when the Chilliwack Museum was first 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.
Their influence was profound and helped propel the museum and archives on a course that continues today. The holdings of the museum and archives have expanded greatly since those early days but the spirit of the Wells brothers still guides the staff in daily decision-making.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors consists of a total of 11 members in good standing from the Chilliwack Museum and Historical Society. To become a Director you must be a member in good standing for a minimum of 90 days and elected at the 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!
Fred Fiestman | Director, Past President