First Women's Institute 1897, The

The world's first Women's Institute was organized at Squire's Hall, Stoney Creek, in 1897. Erland Lee, a founder of the Farmer's Institute, assisted by his wife, arranged the meeting. About 100 women from the Saltfleet Township district attended and were persuaded by Mrs. Adelaide Hoodless to form an organization of their own to improve their skills in the arts of homemaking and child care. Here, in the Lee home, Mr. Lee subsequently helped to draft the constitution of the new society. Mrs. E.D. Smith of Winona became the first president of the "Mother Institute". The Women's Institutes movement has since become a world-wide organization.


At the former Lee home, now a museum, 552 Ridge Road, about 5 km east of Highway 20 - about 2 km from Stoney Creek via New Mountain Road

Region: Southwestern Ontario

County/District: City of Hamilton (District)

Municipality: City of Hamilton