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Raffle Tickets @ The Mill Lake Cruise-In

The MSA Museum Society and Abbotsford Arts Council will be selling raffle tickets at the BC Classic & Custom Car Show this coming weekend. Come down to Tradex from Friday, April 18th – Sunday, April 20th and find us at the Fortin’s Booth, by the Food Court (South Side #307 – #312). The prizes are awesome this year!

1st Prize – 383 Stroker Engine (Value $7,000)
2nd Prize – 18′ Flat Deck Car Trailer (Value $3,000)
3rd Prize – 2 Pulls on Chassis Dyno (Value $500)

$2.00 each or 3 for $5.00

**** Proceeds go to the MSA Museum Society & Abbotsford Arts Council ****

More information on the BC Classic & Custom Car Show can be found at www.bccustomcarshow.com

18th Annual Fraser Valley Regional Heritage Fair

The MSA Museum Society is proud to sponsor and host this year’s 18th Annual Regional Heritage Fair which will be taking place at the Ag-Rec Building in Exhibition Park. The dates are Wednesday, April 23rd and Thursday, April 24th. Student activities and judging will take place from 8:30am to 2:30pm on April 23rd and April 24th. The showcase for the public will be on Thursday, April 24th from 6:00pm to 6:45pm followed by the Awards Ceremony from 7:00pm to 8:15pm.

Like a “science fair”, Heritage Fairs are a wonderful opportunity for students to research and showcase projects on a topic of their choice, that is interesting and relevant to them, and which relates to local, provincial or Canadian heritage and history. The Regional Heritage Fair is part of a national initiative to encourage youth to celebrate Canada’s heritage and history.

Students in Grades 4 to 10 who have qualified from their school fair move onto the Fraser Valley Regional Heritage Fair. This two day event consists of students being judged on April 23rd; the second day (April 24th) consists of educational workshops followed by an awards ceremony in the evening with local dignitaries. Over 150 students from the Lower Mainland will be competing with five students being selected to represent their school and district at the Provincial Fair. The Provincial Heritage Fair is being held in Kamloops, BC from June 29th to July 3rd, 2014.

The Heritage Fair Program:

** Provides an opportunity for students to explore Canada’s rich heritage and pick a topic of their choice to present and display

** Allows students to see connections between the past and the present

** Gives Students a chance to find their place in history

** Creates an environment where students are excited to learn

** Students are able to share their oral, written and creative talents

For more information on upcoming Fairs and Conferences please visit:


Do You Have A Story To Tell?

Lifewriting Made Easy!

FREE information session on Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 1pm – 2:30pm
@ the MSA Museum Society 2313 Ware Street (Trethewey House Heritage Site – Mill Lake Park)

Learn how you can capture the priceless stories of your life, or those of a loved one, and preserve them for future generations.

Call 604 853-0313 or email info@msamuseum.ca for more information.



Summer Student Job Posting



Title: Museum Assistant
Location: Abbotsford, B.C., Canada
Status: Seasonal Full-time (May 6th – August 23rd , 2014)
Hours: 35 hours/week; Tuesday – Saturday from 9:00am – 5:00pm
Deadline for Application: Please submit by April 25th, 2014

The mission of the MSA Museum Society is to be the memory of the community by preserving and interpreting its history.

Job Description:

The MSA Museum Society is seeking a Museum Assistant for a temporary full-time position. This position is subject to grant funding by Young Canada Works Program. More details can be obtained at their website http://www.pch.gc.ca/ycw-jct/guide/101-eng.cfm. The successful candidate will assist in museum interpretations, educational tours, research, collections inventory, collections care and documentation, cataloging, database work, event planning and public programming. The Museum Assistant will work closely with the Collections Manager.


• A student currently enrolled in a post-secondary program and who intends to return to
full-time studies in the fall.
• Canadian citizen between the ages of 16 – 30 and registered on the Young Canada Works
candidate inventory.

• Knowledge of Microsoft Office, Past Perfect software is preferred
• High level of written and oral skills
• Exceptional communication skills to confidently explain information and converse with the
• Strong organizational skills to effectively process all paperwork/collections
• Experience with event planning
• Demonstrate enthusiasm and a willingness to learn museum procedures
• Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
• First Aid, Serving It Right, Foodsafe would be beneficial

If you are interested in this opportunity, please forward your resume to dorothy.v@msamuseum.ca or mail to 2313 Ware Street, Abbotsford, BC, V2S 3C6.

We thank all those who apply, however only candidates selected will be contacted.

2014 Museum Assistant Job Posting

Lifewriting Made Easy

Lifewriting Made Easy

A promising new initiative will make it easier for Abbotsford residents to tell the stories of their lives and preserve them in print for future generations, the MSA Museum Society announced Monday. In collaboration with local writer Philip Sherwood, the Museum has begun offering several services to help aspiring lifewriters overcome obstacles and tell their stories.

The museum is offering several new services to promote lifewriting. Free information sessions — the first one will be held on Saturday,April 5, from 1-2:30PM — will give an overview of the life writing  process, provide a question and answer session, and point participants to several resources to get started. Individuals who want to get going but need help with a plan can request a free one-on-one consultation. A free list of do-it-yourself resources will be available at the Museum, and daylong seminars will be held for those who want more detailed help. Several fee-based services are also offered to those needing more assistance.

“People often lament that they want to gather their stories for their families and the community, but they don’t know how to get started and go about it,” said Dorothy van der Ree, Executive Director of the MSA Museum Society. “We want to encourage them and offer services that remove as many of the hindrances as possible. Individual stories are priceless, and every story preserved adds in a small way to the collective memory of the community.”

The Museum is joined in this venture by local writer / editor / personal historian Philip Sherwood, whose company lifewriters.ca specialises in helping individuals, families, organisations, and communities tell and preserve their stories in book form. Philip’s clients include the Vancouver Buckerfield family of feed and seed fame and several Abbotsford residents. In 2013 Philip worked with the MSA Museum Society to edit and publish MSA Pioneer Stories 1890–1950, a collection of 199 stories by pioneers and their descendents.

“We’re excited to be able to facilitate lifewriting,” said van der Ree. “The benefits are almost endless, and it’s not that difficult. We encourage everyone — you’re never too young to tell your story — to take the first step and come out to the session on April 5. Bring your questions!”

For more information:

Dorothy van der Ree
Executive Director,
MSA Museum Society
2313 Ware Street
Abbotsford  BC V2S 3C6

Tel. 604.853.0313
Email: Dorothy.v@msamuseum.ca