Category Archives: History

A Glance at Women’s Institutes in Earlier years

Among the many newspaper clippings I have located through my time as Provincial Historian, I have two or more which cite some of Women’s Institute happenings just after World War 2. With the war over, the members turned their thoughts to more traditional subjects, and certainly craft work and the preservation of heritage activities, includingContinue Reading

The Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Woman of the Year Award

The Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Woman of the Year Award

When I received the phone call informing me that I was the recipient of the Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Woman of the Year Award for 2018 I was most surprised. I knew I had been nominated in 2017 but I had become involved in other matters and the pending announcement for 2018 did not occur toContinue Reading

Madge Robertson – before she became Madge Watt

Many of us know little about Madge Rose Robertson’s life before she married Alfred Tennyson Watt. I have read some articles on her childhood and education years, including the book“Madge Robertson Watt and the ACWW written by Linda M. Ambrose. Madge was the eldest of two daughters born to Henry Robertson and Bethia Rose Robertson. She hadContinue Reading

Women We Recognize, Revere and Remember

Women We Recognize, Revere and Remember

February 19, 2018 marks the 121st anniversary of the founding of the first Women’s Institute in the world. WHERE did this happen – in Stoney Creek, Ontario; WHY  did it happen? to bring women together to share their knowledge of ways to make their pioneer lifestyle healthier and easier, and to develop some laughter andContinue Reading

Remembrance Day and the WI

Remembrance Day and the WI

The current generation of Canadians are familiar with the  marking of Remembrance Day each November, and the sacrifices of so many young Canadians on numerous battlefields around the world. First, a brief history lesson in how citizens can influence the governments of the day: This is taken from the BCWI History Book titled  100 YearsContinue Reading

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