Alder Grove Heritage Society Telephone Museum and Community Archives. (Aldergrove Star files)

Alder Grove Heritage Society Telephone Museum and Community Archives. (Aldergrove Star files)

‘It’s a one-way walk through Aldergrove history’

Community Heritage Day will have historic artifacts, newspapers, and more on Saturday, Sept. 19

Aldergrove residents are invited to come connect with their history by visiting the first ever Community Heritage Day this Saturday, Sept. 19.

Held at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch, 265 26607 Fraser Hwy, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the event is a free family friendly way to explore artifacts and photographs and learn what Aldergrove has been like throughout the past 150 years.

Tami Quiring, president of the Alder Grove Heritage Society, said the event was originally scheduled for April, but COVID-19 postponed it to September.

“We’re going to be following safety protocols – everything will be contact-less, there will be masks and everyone will keep a safe distance from each other.”

To limit contact, she said guests will only be able to walk in one direction, touting the idea as a one-way walk through Aldergrove history.

“There will be indigenous history, settling and crown grants, building the town, and the history of early businesses – including the longest running business that is still in operation,” Quiring explained.

Quiring wouldn’t reveal the answer, insisting the only way to find out was to come down visit the heritage day.

READ MORE: Langley seniors home creates colourful butterflies for fundraiser public can support

“Aldergrove has had a real agricultural past with a diversified history,” she went on to say. “There were many East Indian, Chinese, and Japanese settlers along with a lot of people of European descent.”

The biggest takeaway that Quiring wanted people to get from the event is the understanding that Aldergrove indeed has a history.

The annual general meeting will commence after the heritage event; Quiring invited interested people looking to get involved with the society to join them.

“We’re always on the look out for help, particularly for older photos and volunteers who can digitize and help give back and add to the Aldergrove story,” Quiring said. “A lot of people say ‘oh, you don’t want those pictures – that’s just us downtown being silly,’ but what’s important a lot of the times is what’s in the background. Historical buildings that are no longer there.”

An on-site heritage hunt for a chance to win a “history pack” will also be happening at Community Heritage Day.

People can find out more details on the society at


Is there more to this story?


Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter



Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Mirandy Tracy, left, and Tara Kurtz are two Langley mothers who are organizing a "sick out" for Tuesday, Dec. 1 to protest COVID conditions in schools. They're calling for masks and smaller class sizes, among other things. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
Politician, labour leader throw support behind student Sick Out day

Langley parents started the movement to keep kids home on Dec. 1 as a protest

Submit letters to the editor through our website, via email or in writing.
LETTER: Candidate in provincial election impresses Langley resident

A local resident wanted to send a shout-out for a candidate’s simple gesture

A small tree topped with a bow was standing out front of the vacant lot where the Alder Inn used to stand. It will be replaced with a much larger one, thanks to Langley Township councillors Bob Long and Petrina Arnason, who convinced a majority to approve a 27-foot tall tree at the Monday, Nov. 30, 2020 council meeting (Shirley Sawatsky/Aldergrove Star files)
27-foot-tall Christmas tree approved for former Alder Inn site

Township council funds 27-foot tree on lot where Aldergrove hotel once stood

Jackman Manor COVID-19 outbreak is over, the provincial health officer announced on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020 (file)
Outbreak at Jackman manor in Langley declared over

More than 400 new cases reported in region

A family emerged with a purchase at the Tannenbaum Tree Farm at 5398 252 St in Aldergrove on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Christmas tree season is off to an early start, Aldergrove family farm reports

People are ‘bored’ with staying home due to COVID-19 and want to decorate early, farm owner believes

A tongue-in-cheek message about wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 on a sign outside a church near Royal Columbia Hospital, in New Westminster, B.C., on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C.’s COVID-19 infection count climbs back up to 656

20 more people in hospital, active cases still rising

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

A heavy police presence was on scene on Dec. 28, 2017 following the shooting death on Bates Road in Abbotsford of Alexander Blanarou, 24, of Surrey. (Abbotsford News file photo)
Three men charged with Abbotsford shooting death of Surrey man

Alexander Blanarou, 24, was killed in a rural area on Dec. 28, 2017

B.C. researchers launch study to test kids, young adults for COVID-19 antibodies

Kids and youth can often be asymptomatic carriers of the novel coronavirus

A convoy of seven pickup trucks, six of which were hauling boats, makes its way around the Chilliwack Law Courts on Dec. 1, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
First court date for Fraser River anglers ticketed during demonstration fishery

Convoy of trucks circled the courthouse in downtown Chilliwack Tuesday honking their support

A sign is seen this past summer outside the Yunesit’in Government office west of Williams Lake reminding visitors and members to stay safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Rebecca Dyok photo)
B.C. First Nation leaders await privacy commissioner decision on COVID-19 information

Release of life-saving data cannot wait, says coalition of First Nations

MLA Jennifer Whiteside is B.C.’s new minister of education. She is speaking out against Chilliwack school trustee Barry Neufeld and asking him to resign. (Black Press)
New education minister calls on Chilliwack trustee to resign

Whiteside echoes former minister’s promise to look at options to remove Barry Neufeld

Most Read