Fonds - Calton Women's Institute fonds

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Calton Women's Institute fonds

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  • 1857-2006 (Creation)
    Calton Women's Institute

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91 cm of textual records and graphic material

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(November 12, 1952-April 2010)

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The Calton Women's Institute was formed on November 12, 1952. A new school had been built to accommodate the increased number of pupils in the district. As a result, the old school was taken over by the community to be used as a Community Hall, managed by a committee of three. This committee felt very keenly their responsibility and wanted to be certain that the Hall would become and remain a valuable asset the community.
Several of the ladies in Calton had for some time seen a need for an organized group such as the Women's Institute. They were encouraged by the men-folk too, who saw the advantages of an organization which had Province-wide, Dominion-wide, and even World-wide influence on, and for, "Home and Country". Such a group, they felt, if given the privilege of using the Hall as a home, would automatically and withour pressure, keep the standard of community activities on a high level, and yet include every member of the locality regardless of their religious, racial or political differences.
So the Calton Women's Institute was formed with a charter membership of 29, headed by Mrs. Charles Phillips as President and Mrs. Robert Kennedy as Secretary-Treasurer. Mrs. Ward Benner of Bayham and Mrs. H. Evert of Calton, both with long experience in Institute work, helped to organize the Calton branch.
Calton Women's Institute disbanded in April 2010.

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This fonds consists of the records created and maintained by the Calton Women's Institute. Divided into the following series:
-Historical records, 1857-1985
-Minutes, 1952-2006
-Programs and Events series, 1955-1987
-Tweedsmuir History series, 1957-1993

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      The Tweedsmuir Histories compiled by members of the Women's Institutes of Elgin County are available online through the County of Elgin Women's Institutes Tweedsmuir Histories Digitization Project.

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