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  • Braemar W.I. Plaque
    ImageObject       This plaque was placed on the gatepost of Jonathan Hook’s farm prior to the 1960’s. It is not yet known who installed the plaque. This photo was taken in the fall of 2017.
    ImageObject     This plaque was placed on the gatepost of Jonathan Hook’s farm prior to the 1960’s. It is not yet known who installed the plaque. This photo was taken in the ...
  • Gillies Hill Remembering Hamlets
    ImageObjectPlace       This collage represents the signs that were updated and replaced in 2016 by the Gillies Hill WI in remembrance of hamlets in the community which are now gone but not forgotten. The signs shown are for the hamlets Carnegie, Cantire, Gillies Hill, Lockerby, Mickle, and Vesta.
    ImageObjectPlace     This collage represents the signs that were updated and replaced in 2016 by the Gillies Hill WI in remembrance of hamlets in the community which are now gone but not ...
  • Rosebank W.I. -plaque
    ImageObject       THE HISTORY OF ROSEBANK CHURCH Rosebank Church was built about 1846 in Admaston Township on Henry Hutton's farm. The logs were donated by Rowland Crozier. Shingles were hand shaven by Mr. Hanawel and Miles Brown. The neighbours united to build the church. Peter Dalgleish named the church "Rosebank" after the ...
    ImageObject     THE HISTORY OF ROSEBANK CHURCH Rosebank Church was built about 1846 in Admaston Township on Henry Hutton's farm. The logs were donated by Rowland Crozier. Shingles were hand shaven by ...
  • Hampstead Women's Institute Heritage Plaque
    ImageObjectPlace       The plaque reads: "On March 5, 1903, twenty four local women met at this site for the inaugural meeting of the Hampstead Women's Institute. It was one of the earliest branches formed in Ontario and part of what would become the largest rural women's movement in the world. Members of ...
    ImageObjectPlace     The plaque reads: "On March 5, 1903, twenty four local women met at this site for the inaugural meeting of the Hampstead Women's Institute. It was one of the earliest ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Braemar Hall
    ImageText       At one time, This Braemar Hall was the hub of the community as it hosted both social and church events. It was on land adjacent to that owned by Lloyd Masters who at the time of the hall’s demise took over the lot as part of his farm on the ...
    ImageText     At one time, This Braemar Hall was the hub of the community as it hosted both social and church events. It was on land adjacent to that owned by Lloyd ...
  • Unveiling of North Easthope Cairn with Lord and Lady Tweedsmuir, 1936
    Image       Lord and Lady (with flowers) Tweedsmuir pose in front of the pioneer cairn – unveiled May 28, 1936. Behind them – Mary Louise McLennan and to the right of Lady Tweedsmuir (behind youngster) is Katherine McCallum – both women researched and recorded kitchen table-type history of the North Easthope pioneers. ...
    Image     Lord and Lady (with flowers) Tweedsmuir pose in front of the pioneer cairn – unveiled May 28, 1936. Behind them – Mary Louise McLennan and to the right of Lady ...
  • North Easthope Township Cairn, Presentation of Pioneer History to Lord Tweedsmuir, 1936
    Image       Hampstead Women’s Institute president passes the leather-bound copy of “History of the Pioneers” over to Lord Tweedsmuir May 28, 1936 STORY: In 1934, the residents of North Easthope township planned to build a cairn to honour the early settlers in their area who had emigrated from Scotland and Ireland. After ...
    Image     Hampstead Women’s Institute president passes the leather-bound copy of “History of the Pioneers” over to Lord Tweedsmuir May 28, 1936 STORY: In 1934, the residents of North Easthope township planned ...
  • Troy/Lynden Women's Institute Hall, Troy Ontario
    ImagePlace       In 1962 Troy Women's Institute branch members purchased this local two room schoolhouse (built in 1878) as a WI hall for community events. Renovations have occurred with the help of community members, Lottario, and a Trillium Grant. In 1995, a historical plaque was placed on the outside wall on the ...
    ImagePlace     In 1962 Troy Women's Institute branch members purchased this local two room schoolhouse (built in 1878) as a WI hall for community events. Renovations have occurred with the help of ...
  • Reid's Corners WI Learning Chair 1
    ImagePlace       BBFG photo –caption Members of Reid’s Corners Women’s Institute gather round the Learning Chair they have donated to the Bruce Botanical Food Garden in Ripley: back L Brenda Ramsdale, Ruby Walden, Alberta Munro, Judy Snobelen, Lucille Fischer, Linda Campbell, Nancy Copeland, Ellen Waye; front L Barb Messenger, Evelyn Elliott, president ...
    ImagePlace     BBFG photo –caption Members of Reid’s Corners Women’s Institute gather round the Learning Chair they have donated to the Bruce Botanical Food Garden in Ripley: back L Brenda Ramsdale, Ruby ...
  • Reid's Corners WI Learning Chair 2
    Image       story by Online paper The Kincardine Record
    Image     story by Online paper The Kincardine Record
  • Reid's Corner's WI Community Hall
    ImageObjectPlace       Handwritten below the photograph of the hall is the following: "Reids Corners Community Hall For many years all regular monthly meetings, 4H meetings, short courses, annual variety and Christmas concerts, Halloween parties, Wedding dinners, Banquets, and Anniversary celebrations were held there. The first regular meeting there was in February 1948. ...
    ImageObjectPlace     Handwritten below the photograph of the hall is the following: "Reids Corners Community Hall For many years all regular monthly meetings, 4H meetings, short courses, annual variety and Christmas concerts, ...
  • Reid's Corners WI  Memorial Tablet
    ImageObjectPlace       Between the photographs of the churches reads the following hand-written description: "Pine River Presbyterian Church was erected in 1869 after (the) first church, built in 1864, was destroyed by a bush fire. It was veneered with brick in 1901, was redecorated in 1948, new maple floor, new seats, a furnace ...
    ImageObjectPlace     Between the photographs of the churches reads the following hand-written description: "Pine River Presbyterian Church was erected in 1869 after (the) first church, built in 1864, was destroyed by a ...
  • Plaque - Location of First District Annual of Renfrew South
    Image       "To commemorate the First District Annual of South Renfrew Women's Institute held in Burnstown June 4, 1914" Erected June 4, 1973 by Renfrew South District at Burnstown United Church.
    Image     "To commemorate the First District Annual of South Renfrew Women's Institute held in Burnstown June 4, 1914" Erected June 4, 1973 by Renfrew South District at Burnstown United Church.
  • Canada 150 Art Tree Project - Burnstown W.I.
    ImageObject       Burnstown Women’s Institute Theme 6: Community organization Township: Mc Nab / Braeside, Ontario Volunteer hours: 30 Our story: In 1911 our Institute branch was the first one in the Renfrew South District, and we have been going strong ever since! We have 26 members ranging from 30 to 90 years ...
    ImageObject     Burnstown Women’s Institute Theme 6: Community organization Township: Mc Nab / Braeside, Ontario Volunteer hours: 30 Our story: In 1911 our Institute branch was the first one in the Renfrew ...
  • WI Centennial Planter
    ImagePlace       The Maple Grove W. I. in Waterloo District marked Canada's Centennial by having a planter built at the old one room Riverbank School at the corner of the Preston Breslau highway and Riverbank Dr. At the time it had been converted into the Regional Library. It has since been the ...
    ImagePlace     The Maple Grove W. I. in Waterloo District marked Canada's Centennial by having a planter built at the old one room Riverbank School at the corner of the Preston Breslau ...
  • Country Manor Bench
    ImageObjectPlace       To mark their 60th anniversary, the Maple Grove Women's Institute went to Cambridge Manor, a new nursing home in our area and asked if there was anything we could contribute to the home as our outreach into the community. They had a member who was living there at the time. ...
    ImageObjectPlace     To mark their 60th anniversary, the Maple Grove Women's Institute went to Cambridge Manor, a new nursing home in our area and asked if there was anything we could contribute ...
  • 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 ...
  • Goshen Cemetery Plaque
    ImageObjectPlace       This plaque was erected by the Goshen W.I. at Goshen Cemetery. The plaque reads "Goshen Cemetery 1831 - 1931 in memory of the pioneers." It is on the brick wall in front of the cemetery.
    ImageObjectPlace     This plaque was erected by the Goshen W.I. at Goshen Cemetery. The plaque reads "Goshen Cemetery 1831 - 1931 in memory of the pioneers." It is on the brick wall ...
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