Fonds Accession 1992.46; Accession 2002.61 - Athlone Women’s Institute fonds

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Athlone Women’s Institute fonds

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CA ON00300 Accession 1992.46; Accession 2002.61

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  • 1945-2001 (Creation)

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10 v. of textual records and graphic material

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The Athlone Women’s Institute was formed in December 1945 in Perth County, Ontario. The first president was Mrs. John Horman and the first Secretary-Treasurer was Mrs. Lorne Krantz. Meetings were held in Stratford and Tavistock as well as at members’ farms. The Athlone Women’s Institute disbanded on April 12, 2001. The first Women’s Institute in Ontario was established in 1897 by Adelaide Hunter Hoodless in Stoney Creek. Farmers’ Institutes had been established in Ontario in the 1890s to educate men about agricultural practices. The Women’s Institutes focussed on home economics and cultural activities. In 1919, the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada was formed at a meeting of provincial representatives as a co-ordinating body. The Federated Women’s Institutes of Ontario was founded the same year. The Ontario government created an Institutes Branch in the Department of Agriculture in 1894 to supervise and regulate the Farmers Institutes. By 1920, the Farmers’ Institutes had disbanded and the branch concerned itself with directing Women’s Institutes. It was called the Women’s Institute branch, the Home Economics Branch and the Rural Organizations and Services Branch at different periods in its history. The Branch offered course in home economics in partnership with the institutes. It also supported the activities of the Federated Women’s Institutes of Ontario. In 1925, the Federated Women’s Institutes of Ontario established a standing committee for historical research and current events. In the mid-1930s, the wife of Lord Tweedsmuir, Governor General of Canada from 1935-1940, suggested that all Women’s Institutes create local history books. These became known as the Tweedsmuir histories.

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The records of the Athlone Women’s Institute were generally in the possession of the secretary of the Institute until they were donated to the Stratford-Perth Archives.

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Fonds consists of records of the Athlone Women’s Institute including minute books, scrapbooks and correspondence. Material in the scrapbooks includes meeting programmes, photographs and newspaper clippings. Fonds also includes the Athlone Women’s Institute Tweedsmuir Histories. Fonds is comprised of the following series: 1. Minutes 2. Tweedsmuir Histories 3. Scrapbooks 4. Financial records 5. Correspondence

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