WOMENS INSTITUTE - BRITISH COLUMBIA FEDERATION - TEA SPOON

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WOMENS INSTITUTE - BRITISH COLUMBIA FEDERATION - TEA SPOON.

Born in 1864, Erland Lee was Canadian farmer, teacher, and government employee from Stoney Creek, Ontario. He and the family settled on the Niagara Peninsula, Canada in 1792 . He cultivated the land and turned such into a prosperous farm , which he named as “Edgemont”.

In February of 1897, after hearing Adelaide Hoodless give a lecture at the Ontario Agricultural College in Guelph, Erland invited Hoodless to deliver a speech at the annual “Ladies Night” held by the Farmer’s Institute of Stoney Creek of which he was an influential member.

Hoodless suggested during that speech that education in domestic science might best be achieved through an organization for women similar to the existing Farmer’s Institutes for men. Erland Lee then suggested that women interested in discussing the formation of such a group might meet again the following week.

Erland and his wife Janet spent that week inviting and encouraging the women of Stoney Creek to attend the second meeting. On February 19, 1897, 101 rural Canadian homemakers agreed to create a Women’s Institute, which would become the largest international rural women’s movement ever established. Erland Lee was the only man in attendance, who acted as chairman of the first meeting.

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