Fonds P007 - Denison Mills Women's Institute fonds

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Denison Mills Women's Institute fonds

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  • 1923-1991 (Creation)

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0,2 m of textual records. - 17 photographs.

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The Denison Mills Women's Institute was founded in 1923. Like the other Women's Institutes of Canada, whose motto is 'For Home and Country', this one was concerned with family life in rural regions. It was a member of the Richmond County Women's Institutes, the Quebec Women's Institutes, and the Federated Women's Institutes of Canada. Delegates attended the annual meetings of these organizations. The Denison Mills Women's Institute also worked jointly organizing activities with Macdonald College in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue. Locally, an elected board of directors worked with various committees (Agriculture, Family Economy, Education, Citizenship, Health and Welfare, Publicity) to organize activities and monthly meetings. The Denison Mills Women's Institute first Board of Directors decided in 1923 that the money raised by their organization would be used to build and maintain a community hall. Only four years later, in 1927, the hall was opened for use. The Women's Institute organized and was involved in many other activities over the years: public lectures; horticultural competitions; school contests and fairs; and fund raising (through bake sales, card parties, charity sales, and draws) for the Canadian Red Cross Society, the Canadian Cancer Society, and many other humanitarian organizations. In 1991, the Denison Mills Women's Institute was disbanded.

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The fonds contains source material on the activities and organization of the Denison Mills Women's Institute from 1923 to 1991 and is also of value as a source of information on some other Richmond County Women's Institutes. It is comprised of the following series: History ([1943?]-[1972?]), Minutes (1923-1991), Financial and Accounting Records (1923-1952), Annual Reports (1959-1974) Programming ([1943?]-[1972?]), Members ([194-?]-1973), Correspondence ([1967?]-[1978?]), Press Clippings ([196-?]-1983), Other Women's Institutes (1959-1975), and Miscellaneous Documents ([195-?]-1978).

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Researchers can also consult the following fonds: Belvidere Women's Institute (P003), Brompton Road Women's Institute (P008), Lennoxville Women's Institute (P025), and Sherbrooke County Women's Institutes (P027).

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No more accruals are expected.

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The documents were donated in 1994 by Margaret Stalker, the Denison Mills Women's Institute's last president.
The documents are in English.

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28 janvier, 2016

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