Erland Lee (Museum) Home
Birthplace of the Women's Institute
In 1972, the Federated Women's Institutes of Ontario (FWIO) purchased the Lee family home. FWIO wanted to preserve the vintage home as a memorial to the birthplace of the Women's Institutes (WI), and feature the vanished, middle-class, rural Victorian lifestyle. It opened as the Erland Lee Museum the same year, with the exterior and the 1873 additions restored to their 1897 beauty.
The white board and batten house is an example of Gothic Architecture and exhibits household artifacts and furniture circa 1790 to 1930. Many of the artifacts are original to the six generations of the Lee family who lived in the home between 1808 and 1971.
The Carriage (Drive) House, also an original 1873 building, features displays of farm-related implements and tools, exhibits on Stoney Creek history, including donated family artifacts from the community, and other special exhibits throughout the year. The museum boasts a quilt collection, with a mix of traditional and modern patterns and techniques, many quilted by members of the Women's Institutes. The highlight of the quilt collection, and a piece of Canadiana, is the 1875 Margaret Sheriff Quilt.
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Upcoming Events at the Erland Lee Museum
*Please pre-register for all workshops by contacting the Museum at 905-662-2691 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Sunday, January 22, 2017
Presented by the Grimsby Historical Society Archives group. Learn how to get started on tracking your ancestors! You may be in for some surprises! Refreshments will be provided.
Time: 1:30pm - 3:30pm
- Saturday, February 11, 2017
Create a "Button Heart" Valentine craft! A perfect parent or grandparent and child quality time opportunity. Limited size class (10 pairs), so please register soon!
Time: 10am - 12 noon
- Saturday, March 11, 2017
Also known as Afghan Stitch. Cost includes all supplies.
Time: 10am - 12 noon
"Create a Terrarium"
- Saturday, April 1, 2017
Time & Cost: TBA
- Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time & Cost: TBA
"Create a Hedgehog" using a paperback book
- Saturday, June 10, 2017
Time & Cost: TBA
- Saturday, April 8 & Sunday, April 9, 2017
The Erland Lee (Museum) Home is very excited to welcome Live History back for performances in 2017. Mark your calendars for April 8 & 9 - it's going to be an experience you'll always remember.
With their unique and immersive, site-specific "escape room" style of theatre, Live History invites you to take a journey back In Time:
It's February 1897, and Janet and Erland Lee are getting ready to attend the very first Women's Institute meeting, to be held in downtown Stoney Creek. Many of you have met at their home to assist in preparations, but shortly before the meeting is to start, everything has gone wrong: Erland has come down with a terrible cold, the sleigh needs a repair, some invitations haven't gone out, and some of the invited guests are having issues of their own. You must band together and help the Lees and their household complete all the tasks, or they may not make it to the meeting, and as a result, the history of the Women's Institute will be changed forever.
History could be changed. Time is running out. Will you be In Time?
For more information and ticket prices contact the Museum at 905-662-2691 or email@example.com.
Show Times: 11:30am-12:30pm, 1:30pm-2:30pm and 4:00pm-5:00pm
- Saturday, April 22, 2017
Embroidery Trunk Show
- Sunday, May 28, 2017
A Step Back in Time
- Saturday, June 17, 2017
Kids Summer Camp
- Wednesdays, July and August
Psychic and Wellness Fair
- Saturday, July 15, 2017
Erland Lee Marketplace
- Saturday, August 19, 2017
Candlelight Spirit Walk
- October 27 & 28, 2017
Kids Halloween Party
- Saturday, October 28, 2017, 1pm-3pm
Kids Christmas Program
- November 28, 2017
- December 3, 2017
- December 16, 2017
- December 17, 2017
Christmas Carol Sing
- Sunday, December 10, 2017
$17,000 Trillium Grant Given to the Erland Lee (Museum) Home
On Sunday, December 11, 2016, The Erland Lee (Museum) Home welcomed members of the public to its Annual Carol Sing and for the official recognition of the Ontario Trillium Grant (OTF) received by the Museum earlier this year. Livia Martin, Niagara Grant Review Team Chair was on hand to congratulate the Erland Lee Museum Committee and to hear more about the uses of this grant. Sam Oosterhoff, MPP for Niagara-Glanbrook was unable to attend but sent a scroll and greetings.
In his letter to the Erland Lee (Museum) Home, MPP Sam Oosterhoff noted “that the preservation of historical documents and pictures is vitally important to our culture and future generations as a snapshot of our cultural, social and economic heritage”.
In her role as Chair of the OTF Niagara Grant Review Team, Livia Martin noted the many contributions to the Museum that this grant has provided to help make communities healthier and more vibrant.
“The impact of this Capital Grant cannot be stressed enough” said Barbara Weese, Chair of the Erland Lee Museum Committee. Some of the items that this grant made possible were signage on the Queen Elizabeth Way as well as portable signage at the Museum. This latter signage can be customized to fit the occasion – a welcome sign and an events schedule just to name 2 examples. As well as a new computer for the Curator, Alyssa Gomori, a specialized program has been purchased to allow for the tracking of all aspects of the collection. Of special note was the acquisition of specialized archival storage equipment. This allows for the handling of pictures, letters, etc. by researchers without worry of damaging them. In the future, people wishing to donate pictures and letters depicting the history of the Lee family and/or the members of the first Stoney Creek Women’s Institute can do so with confidence that they will be preserved in a safe manner.
The Erland Lee (Museum) Home is owned and operated by the Federated Women’s Institutes of Ontario. Janet and Erland Lee, inspired by Adelaide Hoodless, founded the Stoney Creek Branch in 1897. From Stoney Creek the movement quickly spread across Canada and in 1915 to the British Isles. It all began in Stoney Creek. The House itself has been designated as a Historic site both provincially and federally. Details of the many activities at the Museum will be available early in 2017, please visit the website www.fwio.on.ca/erland
The leading grant making foundation in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities: www.otf.ca
FWIO and Erland Lee Museum Receive Community Recognition Award
The Federated Women's Institutes of Ontario (FWIO) and the Erland Lee (Museum) Home had the honour of receiving the Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce "Community Recognition Award" at the Citizen of the Year Awards on May 21, 2015.
Thank you to the Chamber of Commerce and its President, Lori Raudnask for recognizing FWIO and the Erland Lee (Museum) Home and to Bennie Esposto CPA, Professional Corporation for sponsoring the Community Recognition Award.
Congratulations to the five other individuals and businesses that were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the community.
In April, the Chamber of Commerce and Moetion Picture visited the Museum to capture a glimpse into the history of the Women's Institute and Lee Home. These special video presentations introduced each recipient at the awards reception and can be viewed on YouTube.
FWIO President, Margaret Byl recently sat down with the Stoney Creek News to discuss this honour, as well as the Museum's long history. Read more...
Erland Lee (Museum) Home Receives Generous Donation
Stoney Creek, ON – On Sunday, February 22, 2015, the Federated Women’s Institutes of Ontario (FWIO) celebrated the 118th Anniversary of the WI with an Anniversary Tea and Open House at the Erland Lee (Museum) Home.
FWIO was pleased to welcome Hamilton East – Stoney Creek MPP, Paul Miller; Lori Raudnask of the Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce; former Stoney Creek Mayor, Anne Bain; Kate Belair from the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada; and members of the Lee family.
Also in attendance were members of the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI), Golden Horseshoe Chapter. HRAI has been working with the Erland Lee (Museum) Home for the past two years to address its outdated HVAC systems in both the Museum and adjacent Carriage House, which is used for public workshops and activities.
To the delight and surprise of those at the celebration, FWIO President, Margaret Byl accepted a cheque for $10,000 from Ron Robinson on behalf of HRAI, Golden Horseshoe Chapter as part of a project which will see the HVAC systems upgraded. HRAI’s incredible generosity and support will result in reduced utility costs at the Erland Lee (Museum) Home, which now accommodates the FWIO Provincial Office.
FWIO Celebrates Re-opening of the Lee
On Sunday, April 21, 2013, the Federated Women's Institutes of Ontario celebrated the grand re-opening of the Erland Lee (Museum) Home in Stoney Creek with nearly 200 hundred attending, including descendants of the Lee family. Many thanks go out to all who worked tirelessly and also to MP Dean Allison, Hamilton Mayor Bob Bratina, and Councillor Brenda Johnson for their kind words and continued support. Evelyn Peck, President of the Federated Women’s Institutes of Ontario, had the honour of cutting the ribbon. The ‘Lee’ will be open Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 12pm-4pm.
Every DONATION made to the Erland Lee (Museum) Home is tremendously appreciated. Donations can be made in the following ways:
ONLINE through Canada Helps or BY CHEQUE to the FWIO Provincial Office: payable to "Federated Women's Institutes of Ontario" with "Lee Home Heritage Preservation & Maintenance Fund" written in the memo line.