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Surrey Archives talk the 1950s

On March 12, The Fifties in Surrey event looks back at an iconic decade.

I Love Lucy was on the television, Ben-Hur was in theatres and Mr. Sandman was playing on the radio.

The 1950s were an iconic decade with many historical milestones.

The Surrey Archives plans to feature many of those events with The Fifties in Surrey, a session that profiles retro photos, newspaper coverage, maps and more, with particular attention on how the city itself changed throughout the decade.

The program will take place on Saturday, March 12 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Surrey Archives, 17671 56 Ave.

Surrey saw substantial growth in the ’50s as its population more than doubled to 70,838 residents by 1961.

“The ’50s were a decade of change for Surrey,” said archivist Chelsea Bailey. “RCMP began policing Surrey in ’51, the address system moved from road names to numbers in ’57 and Surrey Memorial Hospital opened in ’59.”

The program will feature timely photos of the unique decade and tell the story of how a city and its residents lived during one of recent history’s most meaningful decades.

Admission is $11 and pre-registration is required.

Secure your spot by calling 604-502-6459.

For more information about The Surrey Archives, visit

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