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
2016 Events Calendar (PDF)
Kids Gingerbread Christmas Program
- November 27, December 4, December 17 & December 18
Children ages 3-9 are invited to the Erland Lee Museum for a day of Christmas fun! The program starts at 12:30pm or 2:00pm and runs approximately 1.5 hours.
There will be lots of fun activities including stories, games, crafts and treats all relating to that tasty Christmas treat - Gingerbread!
Time: 12:30pm and 2:00pm
Admission: $5 per child (accompanying adults are free)
Christmas Carol Sing
- Sunday, December 11, 2016
Join us at the Erland Lee Museum for a classic Christmas tradition: Carol Singing!
With instrumental and vocal accompaniment, sing along to your favourite Christmas Carols to celebrate the Holiday season. Keep warm in our cozy Carriage House with warm drinks and treats. This event is fun for all ages, so bring your whole family!
Time: 2pm - 4pm
Admission: Non-perishable Food Bank donation
Join us for some interesting workshops in the circa 1873 Carriage House at the Erland Lee (Museum) Home. Location: 552 Ridge Road, Stoney Creek at the top of the Dewitt access. You’ll be glad you did! Limited registration, so please register early to avoid disappointment! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 905-662-2691.
Holiday Table Centerpiece Workshop with Joan McLean
- Saturday, December 10, 2016
Time: 10am - noon
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.