WI120 and Beyond: Capturing WI's Community Involvement Continues

This project began in 2017 to mark 120 years since the WI movement started at Stoney Creek in 1897 and continues today. To commemorate this milestone, we wanted to document the many halls, buildings, monuments, cairns, etc. created by WI Members in their communities through the years before they are lost in time. This is a project some Members have been requesting for a number of years and we continue to welcome contributions.

This project continues today and 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.

There is no deadline. Some Districts are well represented while others have not yet participated. It would be great to have a good cross-section from across Ontario – north, south, east and west.

Let’s get involved and capture our community involvement for the world to see!

If you have any questions, please contact us at the Provincial Office or email digital@fwio.on.ca.