Surrey-area newspaper photos and stories dating back to the 1970s will be featured during a virtual talk focused on the Leader Collection, now stored at Surrey Archives in Cloverdale.
Highlights of the June 24 talk include views of The Rodeo Drive-In before its closure, SkyTrain construction, Surrey’s first Pride Parade and the city’s first Fusion Festival.
“The Surrey Leader Collection is the largest collection at the Archives, consisting of more than one million images ranging from negatives, prints and born-digital photographs,” archivist Chelsea Bailey noted. “By profiling this collection, those attending will be able to get a glimpse of a period of dramatic change in Surrey.”
The Leader was Surrey’s longest serving newspaper, from 1929 to 2017, when a merger with the Now led to the Surrey Now-Leader.
In 2020, the Surrey Archives received a grant from the BC History Digitization Project to digitize more than 10,000 Leader images, made accessible online last fall. “The funding provides us with the opportunity to increase access to a significant portion of this collection, with emphasis placed on 1970s content,” Bailey explained.
Located at 17671 56th Ave., Surrey Archives will reopen July 6 for pre-booked, in-person appointments. Call 604-502-6459 for details.
In addition to virtual talks, the Archives has 70,000 archival photographs available online, as well as free online heritage tools, at surrey.ca/archives.