Fonds - Salmon Arm Women's Institute fonds

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Salmon Arm Women's Institute fonds

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  • 1909-1983 (Creation)
    Salmon Arm Women's Institute

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38 cm of textual records

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The Salmon Arm Women's Institute was incorporated November 15th, 1909 by Miss Laura Rose (now Mrs. Stevens) of Ontario, at a meeting of the Farmer's Institute in the Lawrence Hall on Hudson St., Salmon Arm. At this meeting, the motion to form the institute was made by two executive members of the Farmer's Institute: Robert Turner, president, and Jack McGuire, secretary. This branch was one of the oldest Women's Institutes established in British Columbia, and was the oldest in the interior.

The original executive was composed of Mrs. Gertie Buchan as President, and Mrs. J.D. McGuire as Secretary-Treasurer. Others signing as charter members were: Miss Hannah Evans, Mrs. R. Turner, Mrs. Pat Owens, Mrs. W.P. Rich, Miss Frances Evans, Mrs. S.M. McGuire, Mrs. James Carlin and Mrs. George Armstrong. Joining early in 1910 were Mrs. John Dolan, Mrs. Ham Donnelly, Mrs. William Ball, Mrs. Jim Miller, Miss Laura Wilcox, and Mrs. F.B. Shaw.

The Women's Institute was originally formed in Ontario in 1897 by Mrs. Adelaide Hoodless, with its objective being to form an organization similar to the Farmer's Institute, where they could learn the best and most scientific methods of running a home. It has since changed to include community assistance, sponsoring projects such as flower shows, small fairs, school fairs, handicrafts exhibits, and health exhibits.

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The fonds consists of minutes and membership records.

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