Community Stories include the Kwantlen

Rare artifacts on display at the Fort Langley National Historic Site tell of a deep connection Kwantlen people have ad with this land for some 12,000 years. See our latest Community Story HERE.

October 23rd, 2017|

We Are Kwantlen

Coming to Fort Langley National Historic Site: We Are Kwantlen Kwantlen and other Coast Salish peoples have direct links to this land that reach back millennia, a deep history of some 12,000 years on this fertile landscape. Step inside the Visitors Centre at the Fort Langley National Historic Site and you’ll discover three unique artifact displays that hint at this history.  A delicate, 800 year old cedar cradle basket discovered in the mud of the Stave Reservoir (traditional Kwantlen territory) has been carefully restored, utilizing Japanese paper and glue techniques that have helped return the baby basket to its original shape. Baskets, hats and headbands demonstrate the powerful influence of cedar in the lives of Kwantlen people. Cedar was used to fashion canoes, clothes, dwellings and various ceremonial objects. Cedar hats are now seeing a revival among the Kwantlen, and the woven hat pictured below is being used by the [...]

October 23rd, 2017|

Calling All Storytellers

    Our new feature on Langley Heritage Society's website is an experiment in storytelling: COMMUNITY STORIES. Share your family stories (photographs are appreciated) or stories about life in Langley -- whether before European contact, through pioneer settlement or in more recent times. Langley is the oldest community settled by Europeans in the Lower Mainland, a large area that predates settlement at New Westminster and Vancouver, so there are countless stories to tap into. We relate to personal stories. They provide texture, colour and context to local history and culture; they also offer newcomers and visitors a sense of what's unique about this part of the Fraser Valley.  Read some of our offerings through the COMMUNITY STORIES link above, and consider adding  yours. Send to:  (We may edit for length and clarity.)    

May 4th, 2017|

Riding the Rails to Langley

Art Woolley rode the rails west to the Fraser Valley from Saskatchewan in the Dirty Thirties and later drove truck for W.H. Berry for a number of years.  His son Marvin Woolley tells the story below. Arthur Harold (Art) Woolley was born in Edenwold Saskatchewan, June 21, 1912. He was the oldest of five children and “rode the rails” to Langley in 1931 when he was 19 years old.  The Woolley family followed, settling in Langley later that year.  The 1930’s were difficult times in Saskatchewan, as in many parts of Canada, and the Woolley family were considering a move to British Columbia. I am not aware if Art was sent or if he volunteered to come out to BC to find a future home. He left home with very little, and wasn’t sure why his mother gave him a new testament. On one occasion he was down to one [...]

May 1st, 2017|

Mystery Photo

Langley Heritage Society has received an intriguing photo from resident Brian Johnson.  The image was taken at West’s Creek, just east of Fort Langley on River Road where it flows into the Fraser River. The creek was named after Henry West, a German midshipman who jumped ship in Washington and landed in Fort Langley in the early 1870s. He homesteaded with his wife Louisa (Fallardeau) and their 11 children. Henry was resourceful: he hand-logged, built a steam powered sawmill, a saloon and also made boats, including a steamer scow named Defender. We're wondering: Who is crossing the wooden bridge in the photo? When was it taken?  We zoomed in for a closer look. A woman is driving the horse and buggy. It’s hard to see her features, but she appears to be wearing her finest. She's drivng the horse across the bridge, possibly on a Sunday outing? Then again, it might [...]

January 16th, 2017|
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