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Ladies of S.S. #15 Bruce and Saugeen making quilts for the Red Cross during WWII. Image supplied.

Quilts and blankets have done so much more than just keeping people warm. In the 1800s quilts were used as fundraisers; the creation of signature quilts was a popular way to raise funds for many causes. During wartimes, quilts were made to provide comfort to war-torn areas and to injured military members. Throughout the month of April, discover all of the ways quilts have played a role in history at the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre (BCM&CC) by viewing “Hallmarks of Humanity.”

In a BCM&CC media release, the exhibit opens on Tuesday, April 3, and runs until Monday, April 30. Among the beautiful hand-stitched works from the Museum’s collection and loans, we will be featuring a special signature quilt that was created in Culross Township in 1918; this is the first time that this quilt has been home to Bruce County since the Second World War when it was shipped to Britain.

On Saturday, April 7, during the exhibit opening reception, David and Maxine March will make a presentation about this signature quilt and the Canadian Red Cross Quilt efforts. David and Maxine March have travelled here from London, England to deliver the Culross Township quilt. If you are interested in attending the opening reception on April 7 at 2 p.m. please call 519-797-2080 to RSVP.

Beginning on April 5, the BCM&CC will be open seven days. Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 pm.

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