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The Aldergrove Hotel circa 1950 (Alder Grove Heritage Society/Special to the Aldergrove Star)

PHOTOS & VIDEO: A look back at the Alder Inn

Aldergrove hotel opened in 1949, lasting through robberies, fires, and changes for seven decades

 

The B.C. Farm Museum honoured Langley’s Ann Blaauw at a small ceremony on Monday, Nov. 2. Blaauw recently donated $250,000 to the volunteer-run museum. (Mike Prangnell/B.C. Farm Museum)

Langley’s farm museum welcomes generous donation

Volunteer-run B.C. Farm Museum recognizes two local supporters

 

Karen Dosanjh’s book, Untold Stories: The South Asian Pioneer Experience in BC, was released earlier this year, and details the struggles and successes of the province’s earliest South Asian immigrants. (Contributed photo)

White Rock author’s book tells stories of B.C.’s South Asian pioneers

‘These stories belong to the community’ says Karen Dosanjh

 

Drawing boundaries in Langley – the electoral boundaries commission put forward this map in 1988, dividing Langley for the first time into two ridings. The actual boundaries approved later that year would be slightly different. (Electoral Boundaries Commission of British Columbia)

Langley riding has been divided up, fought over, and won by five different parties

From the Coalition to Social Credit to the CCF, Langley’s political history has been all over the map

Drawing boundaries in Langley – the electoral boundaries commission put forward this map in 1988, dividing Langley for the first time into two ridings. The actual boundaries approved later that year would be slightly different. (Electoral Boundaries Commission of British Columbia)
Seen on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, a mask has been placed on this Langley statue that pays tribute to farmers from the early days (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Seen on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, a mask has been placed on this Langley statue that pays tribute to farmers from the early days (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Langley Centennial Museum’s latest exhibition, “Roaring! Langley in the 1920s” can currently be visited virtually (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Langley Centennial Museum’s latest exhibition, “Roaring! Langley in the 1920s” can currently be visited virtually (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Smith Parr General Store was operated by Charles Smith and his uncle, Henry Parr. (Alder Heritage Society/Special to The Star)

LOCAL HISTORY: Alder Grove Heritage Society celebrates October with family stories

President Tami Quiring is sharing history on Facebook and has asked for community input

Smith Parr General Store was operated by Charles Smith and his uncle, Henry Parr. (Alder Heritage Society/Special to The Star)
A gloved visitor focuses on a historical photograph at the Community Heritage Day exhibition held at the Aldergrove legion by the Alder Grove Heritage Society (AGHS) on Saturday, Sept. 19. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: A walk through previously-unseen history in Aldergrove

Many of the exhibits on display Saturday at the Legion branch were having their first public showing

A gloved visitor focuses on a historical photograph at the Community Heritage Day exhibition held at the Aldergrove legion by the Alder Grove Heritage Society (AGHS) on Saturday, Sept. 19. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
The South Asian Studies Institute at UFV has been given $1.14 million in funding for the Punjabi Canadian Legacy Project, which includes the digitization of South Asian Canadian collections such as photos and artifacts. (UFV photo)

University of Fraser Valley receives $1.14M for Punjabi Canadian Legacy Project

Funds go to South Asian Studies Institute in Abbotsford

The South Asian Studies Institute at UFV has been given $1.14 million in funding for the Punjabi Canadian Legacy Project, which includes the digitization of South Asian Canadian collections such as photos and artifacts. (UFV photo)
Summer student Natalie Reddy has been scanning archival documents for volunteers to transcribe to help enhance accessibility to information at Langley Centennial Museum. (Township of Langley/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

Volunteer Transcription Opportunities Bring Langley’s History Alive

Centennial Museum looking for help digitizing letters dating back to 1890s

Summer student Natalie Reddy has been scanning archival documents for volunteers to transcribe to help enhance accessibility to information at Langley Centennial Museum. (Township of Langley/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
25 years later: The water skiing legend on Kalamalka Lake

25 years later: The water skiing legend on Kalamalka Lake

A group of waterskiers were towed behind a plane on Kalamalka Lake back in 1995

25 years later: The water skiing legend on Kalamalka Lake
A re-enactment of the arrival of the fur brigades during a previous Brigade Days in Fort Langley. (Langley Advance Times files)

Parks Canada moving past colonial narratives to paint larger picture of nation’s history

Fort Langley National Historic Site will not hold Brigade Days due to COVID-19 restrictions

A re-enactment of the arrival of the fur brigades during a previous Brigade Days in Fort Langley. (Langley Advance Times files)
Mohawk Council of Kanesatake Grand Chief Serge Otsi Simon discusses the current situation and actions relating to the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs during a press conference at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

30 years after Oka crisis, Kanesatake land claims remain unresolved

Serge Simon, the current Grand Chief of Kanesatake, vividly remembers the events of July 11, 1990

Mohawk Council of Kanesatake Grand Chief Serge Otsi Simon discusses the current situation and actions relating to the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs during a press conference at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Bruce Friesen and the team of volunteers at the Canadian Museum of Flight have modified the indoor displays to better accommodate social distancing. And their now ready to show off their display again, to the public as of Friday, June 26. (Carla Deminchuk/Special to Langley Advance Times)

Flaps up and prepare for lift off: Langley museum ready to take flight again

Canadian Museum of Flight re-opens to the public, after three months of behind the scene’s work

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Bruce Friesen and the team of volunteers at the Canadian Museum of Flight have modified the indoor displays to better accommodate social distancing. And their now ready to show off their display again, to the public as of Friday, June 26. (Carla Deminchuk/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Members of the Heritage Rail Players sit in the “Connaught” rail car at the Fraser Valley Heritage Railway in Cloverdale. (Photo: Malin Jordan)

PICTURES: Heritage Rail Players visit railway station in Cloverdale

Still no decisions on whether or not Surrey’s heritage rail will open in 2020

Members of the Heritage Rail Players sit in the “Connaught” rail car at the Fraser Valley Heritage Railway in Cloverdale. (Photo: Malin Jordan)
The public can no longer try out the interactive displays, such as a rope-making machine, at the B.C. Farm Museum while the pandemic is still occurring. (Black Press Media files)

Langley’s farm museum opens but with precautions

The biggest change is the volunteer-run museum can no longer demonstrate its heritage machines

The public can no longer try out the interactive displays, such as a rope-making machine, at the B.C. Farm Museum while the pandemic is still occurring. (Black Press Media files)
An image from the Royal BC Museum’s digitized collection of historical photographs shows an Interior Salish woman and child weaving baskets. The image is one of thousands posted in an online database. (Courtesy of the Royal BC Museum)

B.C. museum releases more than 16,000 historical photos of Indigenous life

Digitized images preserved and shared with Indigenous communities

An image from the Royal BC Museum’s digitized collection of historical photographs shows an Interior Salish woman and child weaving baskets. The image is one of thousands posted in an online database. (Courtesy of the Royal BC Museum)
Crews were on scene on Tuesday, May 26 demolishing buildings at Glover Road and Church Street in Fort Langley. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)

Buildings demolished in Fort Langley core

The site at Glover and Church street has been proposed for eventual development

Crews were on scene on Tuesday, May 26 demolishing buildings at Glover Road and Church Street in Fort Langley. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
Vehicles parade through Cloverdale in 1946. The actual parade is unknown as there were six in Cloverdale that year – May Day, the Rodeo, the Kinsmen’s Gymkhana (June 29th), the Fall Fair, August Memorial Service, and the Wild West Show. (Image courtesy of Surrey Historical Society)

BCHF conference once again slated for Cloverdale

Surrey Historical Society to host 2021 history conference

Vehicles parade through Cloverdale in 1946. The actual parade is unknown as there were six in Cloverdale that year – May Day, the Rodeo, the Kinsmen’s Gymkhana (June 29th), the Fall Fair, August Memorial Service, and the Wild West Show. (Image courtesy of Surrey Historical Society)
Special pins to remember Canada’s liberation of the Netherlands are being distributed by Langley-Aldergrove MP Tako Van Popta (special to the Langley Advance Times)

A pin to remember the liberation of the Netherlands

Langley-Aldergrove MP invites residents to contact office to obtain 75th anniversary memento

Special pins to remember Canada’s liberation of the Netherlands are being distributed by Langley-Aldergrove MP Tako Van Popta (special to the Langley Advance Times)