Fonds Ilderton Women's Institute - Ilderton Women's Institute Fonds

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Ilderton Women's Institute Fonds

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CA ON00412 Ilderton Women's Institute

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  • 1923 - 2013 (Creation)
    Ilderton Women's Institute

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60 cm of textual material including photographs

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(July 26, 1923 - March 31, 2013)

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The Ilderton Women's Institute was formed on July 26, 1923. The meeting was held at the home of Mrs. Albert Needham. Mrs. John Hall was elected as President with Miss Ethel Robson elected as First Vice-President. This branch sponsored a Junior Women's Institute which was active from May 1927 until it disbanded in March, 1956. The Ilderton WI disbanded on March 31, 2013.
The first Canadian Women`s Institute was established by Mrs. Adelaide Hoodless on February 9, 1897 in Stoney Creek Ontario. In 1904 the Ontario Department of Agriculture began funding seven full-time staff to help promote an organized Women`s Institute in communities throughout the province. By 1913 Institutes were established in all of the provinces. The Federated Women`s Institute of Canada (FWIC) was formed in 1919 when provincial representatives met in Winnipeg. This national organization co-ordinates the activities of the provincial Women`s Institutes. Each provincial association is represented on the national board. The motto of the FWIC is `For Home and Country ‘with the purpose of promoting the appreciation of rural life as well as educate citizens about national and international issues (particularly affecting women and children). The Federated Women`s Institute of Ontario began in 1919. In 1935, Lady Susan Tweedsmuir, wife of Lord Tweedsmuir, Governor General of Canada from 1935-1940, suggested the Ontario Women`s Institute branches keep local history books, similar to those in England. The Tweedsmuir Histories were officially named in 1947.
Apart from local philanthropy and fundraising, the Women`s Institutes were instrumental in lobbying for pasteurization of milk, wrapping bread, the use of white lines on highways and other accomplishments. For more information about the Federated Women`s Institute of Ontario visit the website at:

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The records were retained by branch members until March 31, 2013 when the branch disbanded. Records were deposited with the Middlesex County Library, Strathroy Branch until they were transferred to the Middlesex Centre Archives in October 2015.

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The fonds includes Minute Books, Tweedsmuir Histories and scrapbooks.

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Middlesex Centre Archives

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December 1, 2015

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  • English

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Ilderton Women's Institute Minutes and Tweedsmuir Histories

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