Abbotsford pioneers honoured at annual event

The Pioneer Tea takes place on Aug. 30 at Trethewey House

The annual Pioneer Tea takes place at Trethewey House in Abbotsford on Aug. 30.

The annual Pioneer Tea takes place at Trethewey House in Abbotsford on Aug. 30.

MSA Museum Society hosts a Pioneer Tea on Sunday, Aug. 30 to acknowledge and honour people who settled in Abbotsford before 1950.

The event runs from 2 to 4 p.m. at Trethewey House, 2313 Ware St.

Light refreshments will be served and there will be time for the sharing of photos and stories of times past.

Local dignitaries will be in attendance and will take part in the proceedings.

Helen Singer, a long-time resident of South Poplar, will present picture boards and speak about growing up in the area.

Ernie Poignant will present his unique sketches and stories.

Last year, more than 70 pioneer families were honoured, some of whom had settled in the Valley as long ago as the 1870s.

Many of the families to be honoured are featured in the MSA Museum’s book Pioneer Stories, which will be available for purchase at the Pioneer Tea, along with the museum’s other publications.

There will also be door prizes, and activities and games for children.

People who settled in Matsqui, Sumas or Abbotsford before 1950 and are planning to attend the event are asked to RSVP by calling the museum at 604-853-0313.

For more information, visit msamuseum.ca.