Ontario's Historical Plaques 

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The Erland Lee Home and the First Women's Institute

The Erland Lee Home and the First Women's Institute

Photo by contributor Brian Bockus - Posted May, 2018

The Erland Lee Home and the First Women's Institute

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted June, 2009

Plaque Location

The City of Hamilton
At the Erland Lee Museum
at 552 Ridge Road just west of Dewitt Road

Coordinates: N 43 12.420 W 79 43.324


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Plaque Text

This 19th-century farmhouse is the birthplace of the Women's Institutes (WI), an organization that played a vital role in thousands of small communities. Inspired by domestic science reformer Adelaide Hoodless, and supported by her husband Erland, Janet Lee drafted the constitution of the Stoney Creek Women's Institute here in 1897. From these roots emerged a movement that spread throughout Canada and the world. In meeting halls across the country, the WI brought women together to learn diverse skills and to promote civic reform, helping them break the grinding isolation of rural life.

Another plaque at this location
First Women's Institute 1897

Related Ontario plaques
The Associated Country Women of the World
Adelaide Hunter Hoodless 1857-1910



Hamilton Plaques

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