Saturday, August 5, 2023

No Gambling at this Fundraiser


In 1885 women raised money for Union veterans with two quilts
at a fundraising event according to the National Tribune, the
Grand Army of the Republic veterans' newspaper.

The common way to raise funds was to make a quilt and raffle it
off to the highest bidder---but many pious women believed the raffle---
no matter how good the cause---was not an option. Gambling---anathema.

1911, Women's Relief Corps members
(I think we still have a law in Kansas that you cannot raffle a quilt or anything
else even for charity.)

So the ladies in the clipping used two other methods to dispose of their quilts. They had a silk crazy quilt of many pieces and the speculator guessing the correct number won the quilt after paying a fee to guess. In this case 3 winners agreed to give the quilt to a public figure.

They also had a quilt or a set of blocks for a Grand Army quilt.
Each block had a Maltese Cross, the G.A.R.'s symbol and
two crescents---used often for army corps badges.

The G.A.R. symbols were popular in commemorative quilts.

The procedure to raise money here was to enlist 20 women to mingle with the crowd of men and ask them to donate to the cause. One guest who offered $20 won the quilt.

The way that many women's groups got around the anti-gambling edict was varied.
It probably would have been a lot easier to just raffle their work but

1 comment:

matty said...

I couldn't comment on Material Culture; but, I have to say, I laughed out loud at your new banner. Ha!

I am reminded of the "fair" in "Little Women" and how competitive it was. I have to wonder if such were the case in these?