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  • Erland Lee Museum Museum Events Scrapbook -  1975-90
    TextObject       Erland Lee Museum Events Scrapbook - 1975-1990 - Various newspaper/magazine clippings relating to: - volunteers - Albin Rogala's addiction to purchasing lottery tickets - Battlefield House - Women's Institutes Farm and Home Landscaping Courses - Women's Institutes promotion and publicity - Erland Lee Museum history, promotion, and publicity - Canada ...
    TextObject     Erland Lee Museum Events Scrapbook - 1975-1990 - Various newspaper/magazine clippings relating to: - volunteers - Albin Rogala's addiction to purchasing lottery tickets - Battlefield House - Women's Institutes Farm ...
  • FWIO Centennial Celebrations, Volume 3
    TextObject       This volume is a scrapbook to commemorate the Centenary of the Women's Institutes Movement and was sent to FWIO by the Glamorgan Federation of Women's Institutes (Wales, United Kingdom). The book consists of a scrapbook of photographs and descriptions portraying the Centenary celebrations held by the branches within the Glamorgan ...
    TextObject     This volume is a scrapbook to commemorate the Centenary of the Women's Institutes Movement and was sent to FWIO by the Glamorgan Federation of Women's Institutes (Wales, United Kingdom). The ...
  • Erland Lee House Log
    Text       This is a scrapbook-style history of the Lee house, including a genealogy of the Lee family. The book includes a history of each generation to reside in the home and details the process of transitioning the home into a museum.
    Text     This is a scrapbook-style history of the Lee house, including a genealogy of the Lee family. The book includes a history of each generation to reside in the home and ...
  • FWIO Centennial Celebrations, Volume 4
    TextObject       This is a collection of greeting cards sent to Stoney Creek on the occasion of the Centennial Celebrations of the Women's Institutes in Canada in 1997. Several of the cards feature hand-made elements such as paper quilling or quilting, and most include letters from different branches in the United Kingdom.
    TextObject     This is a collection of greeting cards sent to Stoney Creek on the occasion of the Centennial Celebrations of the Women's Institutes in Canada in 1997. Several of the cards ...
  • "My Trip to England and Scotland, 1965"
    Text       This is a travel scrapbook created by Mrs. Florence Nash (President of the Stoney Creek WI) to chronicle her 1965 trip to England and Scotland which included attending the UK WI AGM. Included in this scrapbook: - A photo of Mrs. Nash holding the Stoney Creek WI commemorative plate - ...
    Text     This is a travel scrapbook created by Mrs. Florence Nash (President of the Stoney Creek WI) to chronicle her 1965 trip to England and Scotland which included attending the UK ...
  • Ontario Historic Site Plaque at Erland Lee (Museum) Home
    ImageObjectPlace       In 1967, the Lee family home (not yet a museum) was designated by the Ontario Archaeological and Historic Sites Board. Erland and Janet’s daughter and daughter-in-law, Marjorie Lee and Katherine Lee respectively, were present at the unveiling of the sign, which was placed in front of the home at the ...
    ImageObjectPlace     In 1967, the Lee family home (not yet a museum) was designated by the Ontario Archaeological and Historic Sites Board. Erland and Janet’s daughter and daughter-in-law, Marjorie Lee and Katherine ...
  • National Historic Site Plaque at Erland Lee (Museum) Home
    ImageObjectPlace       In 2003, the Erland Lee (Museum) Home was designated by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, and a plaque was placed by the sidewalk leading into the side porch of the Museum. The plaque reads “This 19th-century farmhouse is the birthplace of the Women’s Institutes (WI), an organization ...
    ImageObjectPlace     In 2003, the Erland Lee (Museum) Home was designated by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, and a plaque was placed by the sidewalk leading into the side ...
  • FWIO Centennial Celebrations, 1997 - Volume 2
    TextObject       Women's Institute 100th Anniversary, 1897-1997, Tweedsmuir History of anniversary cards & letters received Compiled during the Centennial Year, 1997 at the Erland Lee (Museum) Home Stoney Creek, ON Compiled by Mary Kneebone, Curator, Erland Lee (Museum) Home - Various cards, photogaphs, programs, newspaper clippings, and correspondence from FWIC, ACWW, and ...
    TextObject     Women's Institute 100th Anniversary, 1897-1997, Tweedsmuir History of anniversary cards & letters received Compiled during the Centennial Year, 1997 at the Erland Lee (Museum) Home Stoney Creek, ON Compiled by ...
  • FWIO Centennial Celebrations, Volume 1
    Text       This is a scrapbook that compiles all of the Centennial Celebrations that took place for the Centennial Anniversary of the Federated Women's Institutes of Ontario that took place in 1997. Each branch was invited to report on the celebratory events and programs and submit photographs of the proceedings. The book ...
    Text     This is a scrapbook that compiles all of the Centennial Celebrations that took place for the Centennial Anniversary of the Federated Women's Institutes of Ontario that took place in 1997. ...
  • 1961 Stone Cairn and Plaque at the Erland Lee (Museum) Home
    ImageObjectPlace       This plaque, mounted on a stone cairn, was placed at the roadside in front of the Erland Lee (Museum) Home in 1961, while it was still a private residence. It reads "In memory of Erland Lee and his wife, Janet, who pioneered the first Women's Institute - now world-wide - ...
    ImageObjectPlace     This plaque, mounted on a stone cairn, was placed at the roadside in front of the Erland Lee (Museum) Home in 1961, while it was still a private residence. It ...
  • FWIO Centennial Celebrations, Volume 5
    TextObject       This is a volume which contains items sent from UK WI branches in commemoration of the Centennial anniversary of the Women's Institutes in Canada, in 1997. It consists of photographs of UK branches celebrating the Centennial in 1997, correspondence from members, greeting cards, newspaper clippings, and pamphlets that were sent ...
    TextObject     This is a volume which contains items sent from UK WI branches in commemoration of the Centennial anniversary of the Women's Institutes in Canada, in 1997. It consists of photographs ...
  • Women's Institute 1897 Constitution, Bylaws, and First Minute Book, 1897-1900
    Text       This document consists of the 1897 Women's Institute Consitution and Bylaws and the first Meeting Minutes for meetings between 1897 and 1900. The Women's Institute Constitution was hand-penned by Janet Lee, wife of Erland, in the dining room of their Saltfleet (now Stoney Creek) home, which is now the Erland ...
    Text     This document consists of the 1897 Women's Institute Consitution and Bylaws and the first Meeting Minutes for meetings between 1897 and 1900. The Women's Institute Constitution was hand-penned by Janet ...
  • Published Facts and Historical Events of the Women's Institute Volume 2
    Text  Verna Rowena Conant, Tweedsmuir Community History Collections (Stoney Creek, ON: Federated Women's Institutes of Ontario), 1956     This is a scrapbook created by Verna Rowena Conant, daughter of Christina Smith, who was President of the first branch of the Women's Institute in Stoney Creek. This volume features articles both published and unpublished, booklets, programs, and other memorabilia, all pertaining to the early history of the Women's Institutes. ...
    Text  Verna Rowena Conant, Tweedsmuir Community History Collections (Stoney Creek, ON: Federated Women's Institutes of Ontario), 1956   This is a scrapbook created by Verna Rowena Conant, daughter of Christina Smith, who was President of the first branch of the Women's Institute in Stoney Creek. This volume features ...
  • Published Facts and Historical Events of the Women's Institute Volume 1
    Text  Verna Rowena Conant, Tweedsmuir Community History Collections (Stoney Creek, ON: Federated Women's Institutes of Ontario), 1956     This is a scrapbook created by Verna Rowena Conant, daughter of Christina Smith, who was President of the first branch of the Women's Institute in Stoney Creek. This volume features articles both published and unpublished, booklets, programs, and other memorabilia, all pertaining to the early history of the Women's Institutes. ...
    Text  Verna Rowena Conant, Tweedsmuir Community History Collections (Stoney Creek, ON: Federated Women's Institutes of Ontario), 1956   This is a scrapbook created by Verna Rowena Conant, daughter of Christina Smith, who was President of the first branch of the Women's Institute in Stoney Creek. This volume features ...
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Erland Lee Museum


The Erland Lee Museum, opened to the public in 1972, is a white and green Gothic Revival heritage house containing two floors of original furnishings, with an emphasis on the Lee family in Saltfleet Township and the events of the 1897 founding of the Women's Institute. The accompanying red Carriage House is an integral part of the Museum, containing two floors of exhibits on the history of the Stoney Creek area and on the Women's Institutes organization. James Lee brought his Loyalist family to Saltfleet Township, Upper Canada, in 1792. John Lee, eldes son of James and Hannah Lee, first constructed the Lee home in 1808 after receiving land from his wife's (Mary Moore) family. John and Mary's son, Abram Lee, became a prominent Saltfleet businessman and farmer in the 1860s, and made two additions to the original log cabin. The current home dates from the 1873 addition. Six generations of the Lee family lived in the home from 1808 until 1971. Erland Lee owned the house from 1890 to 1926. He was very involved within the community as an executive member of the Farmer's Institutes and as a Saltfleet Township Clerk for two decades. A liberal man, Erland worked to advance many progressive causes in Wentworth County. Recognizing the need for rural women to be educated, particularly in the area of domestic sciences, Erland Lee invited Adelaide Hoodless to speak at the Ladies' Night of the Saltfleet Farmer's Institute in February, 1897. Drawing upon the inspirational ideas of Mrs. Hoodless, and urged on by his wife, Janet (Chisholm) Lee, Erland Lee used his family's influence in municipal government and society to assist in the formation of the world's first rural women's organization, the Women's Institutes. In 1897, Janet Lee took on an organizational role in the Institute. She was Hamilton's first Kindergarten teacher and, like Erland, was also very strongly community-minded. The focal point of the Site's history is the dining room of the home where the Constitution and Bylaws of the first Women's Institute were hand-penned by Janet Lee, with assistance from Erland Lee and local politicians E.D. Smith and F.M. Carpenter. Much of the executive work of the first Women's Institute was done in the Lee home (Edgemont Farm), with assistance from E.D. Smith and his wife, Christina (Armstrong) Smith, who was the first President of the Women's Institute. Erland and Janet's daughter, Alice (Lee) Freel, became the first woman in Saltfleet Township to serve in the municipal government, starting in 1926 and serving for several years. Erland and Janet's grandchildren preserved the family legacy when they sold the property to the Federated Women's Institutes of Ontario (FWIO) in 1972. The Home and Carriage House were retained as an important memorial to the organization's beginnings. The Museum also preserves the social history of the former Saltfleet Township, including such smaller centres as Winona, Mount Albion, and Tapleytown, and commemorates the important influence of the Lee family on the area's development from wilderness to agricultural town to suburban city.