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"Matsqui Sumas Abbotsford Pioneer Stories 1890-1950"
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MSA Pioneer Stories 1890 - 1950

Matsqui Sumas Abbotsford Pioneer Stories 1890–1950
Philip Sherwood, Managing Editor


“A celebration of lives lived fully. . . . Within these accounts lives a record of the vision, values, and courage that shaped our community”

We are delighted to announce the publication of Matsqui Sumas Abbotsford Pioneer Stories 1890–1950, an eclectic collection of 199 stories — many told first hand — of those who settled in British Columbia’s central Fraser Valley. Within these pages the stories of Italian miners, Scandinavian farmers, Japanese berry farmers, Sikh mill workers, and many others come alive. Life-changing events such as the 1935 Sumas Prairie Flood, the wartime internment of Japanese Canadians, and the 1948 Fraser River flood are all described with priceless insights. A joint project of the MSA Pioneers Association and the MSA Museum Society, this lavishly illustrated coffee table book is sure to delight a variety of readers and prove a valuable addition to the social history of the Fraser Valley and British Columbia.

William Glasgow, Book design and cover

9 x 11. 388 pages. Casebound. May 2013. First printing 1,500 copies. ISBN 978-0-9737193-3-8.
Printed and bound in Canada by Friesens. $50.00

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To order:

Contact the MSA Museum Society:
2313 Ware Street, Abbotsford BC V2S 3C6.
Tel. 604.853.0313

Also available at any branch of Aldergrove Credit Union.

"Without Philip's help, I could never have written and published my memoirs. Not only is the finished product much better than I ever could have imagined, but the whole process was very rewarding. Philip and his team are professional in every sense of the word, and I benefited first hand from his intuitive editing skills - his ability to rearrange a passage with skill and subtlety without sacrificing anything of the narrative. And all done with a lightness and humour that makes working together pure fun.

"He also taught me the satisfaction of discipline and deadlines! Now that the book is completed, there will be a sad silence at 10.00 p.m., when we had most of our working conversations - I'm a night owl and that's my prime time! Thank you, dear Philip!"

- Joyce Bryant, CM, BEM, author of Slender Threads.


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