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First Women's Institute 1897

First Women's Institute 1897

Photos by contributor Brian Bockus - Posted May, 2018

First Women's Institute 1897

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

The world's first Women's Institute was organized at Squire's Hall, Stoney Creek, in 1897. Erland Lee, a founder of the Farmer's Institute, assisted by his wife, arranged the meeting. About 100 women from the Saltfleet Township district attended and were persuaded by Mrs. Adelaide Hoodless to form an organization of their own to improve their skills in the arts of homemaking and child care. Here, in the Lee home, Mr. Lee subsequently helped to draft the constitution of the new society. Mrs. E.D. Smith of Winona became the first president of the "Mother Institute". The Women's Institutes movement has since become a world-wide organization.

Another plaque at this location
The Erland Lee Home and the First Women's Institute

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



Hamilton Plaques

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