WI 120

WI120: A Project for WI's 120th Anniversary

Did you know 2017 marks 120 years since the WI movement started at Stoney Creek in 1897? To commemorate this milestone we want to document the many halls, buildings, monuments, cairns, etc. created by WI Members in their communities during this time. This is a project some Members have been requesting for a number of years.
 
It is easy to participate. Take a photo of your building, monument or plaque – it can be any structure that the WI helped to build or fund. It can even be the gate to your local cemetery. Then go to our virtual archives, either through our website or directly at collections.fwio.on.ca. On the left hand side of the screen, choose “Share Your Story.” Upload your photo, provide a description, and indicate the location of your community on a map. The instructions are on the screen. It is as easy as that.
 
All will be stored and searchable on the web platform that was created from funding through the Documentary Heritage Communities Program of Library and Archives Canada in 2016. 
 
Not comfortable with using a computer? Get your child, grandchild or a friend to do it for you. Anyone can submit, so get the whole community involved. Take this opportunity to talk about the WI and its community involvement. Perhaps make it a District project to capture all the structures from past and present Branches.
 
Deadline? We plan to showcase these community accomplishments at our Provincial Conference in June 2017. It would be great to have a good cross-section from across Ontario – north, south, east, and west. Which District or Area can submit the most?
 
Let’s get involved and capture our community involvement for the world to see!
 
If you have any questions, please contact Irene Robillard at irener@renfrew.net or 613-432-6987.