$17,000 OTF Grant Given to the Erland Lee (Museum) Home

Dec 15, 2016

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Stoney Creek, ON – 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In his letter to the Erland Lee (Museum) Home, MPP Sam Oosterhoff noted “that the preservation of historical documents and pictures is vitally important to our culture and future generations as a snapshot of our cultural, social and economic heritage”.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

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For more information, please contact:

Barbara Weese

Erland Lee Museum Committee

905-985-3976

bweese@powergate.ca