Descendant of First WI President Donates Items to Erland Lee Museum

Jun 17, 2016

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The Erland Lee (Museum) Home recently received a very generous donation from a descendant of Christina (Armstrong) Smith, first President of the Women's Institutes and wife of E.D. Smith. Rob Conant is the great-great grandson of E.D. and Christina Smith. He donated a collection of photographs and correspondence related to Christina and her daughter as well as two framed portraits of E.D. Smith. Christina Smith is a remarkable figure in the history of the Women's Institutes, and we are thrilled to have more information about her.

Pictured (L-R): FWIO President, Margaret Byl, donor Rob Conant, FWIO President-Elect and Museum Chair, Barbara Weese, and Museum Curator, Alyssa Gomori.