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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Women’s Institutes Plaque (Main Street, Morris)

The Manitoba’s Women’s Institutes was established as a means of providing an educational and lobbying forum for Manitoba women. With a goal to improve rural families and communities through education and leadership, its origins can be traced to Morris where, in August 1910, a group of 37 local women had formed their own Women’s Institute. Encouraged by Manitoba Premier Rodmond Roblin and Principal of the Manitoba Agricultural College, W. J. Black, two women were sent around the province to see about expanding the concept to other communities.

Through November and December of 1910, they met other groups of interested women, in Emerson, Russell, Birtle, Strathclair, Minnedosa, Deloraine, Cartwright, Manitou, Morden, Roland, Miami, Carmen, Virden, Dauphin, Valley River, Headingley, Stonewall, Dugald, Birds Hill, and Swan Lake. The enthusiasm of the group at Morris was matched at these other communities, and the network grew from humble origins to include today some 30 local branches with over 500 members.

This plaque was unveiled at the office of the Rural Municipality of Morris in 1960 by the Historic Sites Advisory Board of Manitoba, on the 50th anniversary of the Manitoba’s Women’s Institutes. Another plaque beside it was unveiled on 15 May 2010 for the centenary.

Manitoba Women's Institute Plaque

Manitoba’s Women’s Institutes Plaque (August 2010)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.35633, W97.36477
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Fisher Branch Women’s Institute Monument (RM of Fisher)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Ranchvale Women’s Institute Monument (RM of Rossburn)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Kirkham’s Bridge Women’s Institute Monument (Municipality of Riverdale)

Manitoba Organization: Manitoba Women’s Institutes

Sources:

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 April 2021

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