Monday, April 24, 2017

Vignettes explore the history of Langley Prairie

This year is Canada’s 150th Birthday; it is a perfect time to learn about the history of our communities.

Langley City has been an important centre over the last century in the Fraser Valley. Langley Prairie, as its was known before it officially became an independent municipality in 1955, was the commercial centre and civic heart of Langley.

With the changing demographics and rapid rate of growth in our community today, many people are unaware of the history of this area. Knowing our history is important because its gives us a shared identity which is key to building a strong, health community.

The Langley Heritage Society maintains two historic houses in Langley City. The Michaud House which is located near Portage Park, and the Wark/Dumais House which is located on the Langley Kwantlen Polytechnic University campus.

The Heritage Society recently partnered with students from Brookswood Secondary School to put together vignettes about these houses, the family’s that lived in them, and their connections to Langley’s shared history.

Who was the first mayor of Langley? Why did St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church end up getting built in Langley Prairie? Why does Langley Prairie even exist in the first place?

The answers to these questions, and many other stories about our community are contained in these videos.

While these videos only cover a small period of Langley's history through a colonial lens, they reveal the history of our community which helps build a sense of identity and place.

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