Chilliwack – OCTOBER 22 UPDATE – The CFB Chilliwack Historical Society has found a new home for their museum. On a lazy Sunday, recovering from the election hangover, an FVN reporter noticed signs in the window of the long since closed Graham’s Gifts On Wellington. Up until now, it was the temporary home of the Sam Waddington election headquarters. The signs say that the new museum will open soon. The old museum had to leave its previous locations, near UFV Garrison and on Hocking Avenue. Both facilities have been closed to are to be repurposed.
CFB Chilliwack Historical Society Communications Director Rachel Doucette noted in their media release:
ORIGINAL STORY – SEPTEMBER 18 – The legacy of CFB Chilliwack, started to end on a sour note when the base was closed in 1995. It is now UFV and the surrounding Garrison Crossing area although the Veterans Memorial remains.
In 2015, the Canadian Military Education Centre (CMEC) Museum closed. It was one of Canada’s largest collections of restored military vehicles including armored personnel carriers, tanks and a plane. That building next to Canada Education Park, became the extension of the Agriculture faculty at UFV.
Now, the CFB Chilliwack Historical Society is in panic mode again. In a release to media, they state:
We are writing to announce the tragic news that the building we are currently in, has been sold. With only 3 months to find a suitable location and maintain our display rooms, leaves us facing many challenges. We urgently seek help from our community of Chilliwack in planning for a new home for thousands of Military artifacts. We reach out to you for your support as we embark this precipitated circumstance. We would like to invite you to come meet and mingle with some of our members and partners as we share new direction in the Supporting The Legacy Of CFB Chilliwack.
For more information, contact Founder and Past President Jim Harris (604) 769-3833 or firstname.lastname@example.org