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Doing Great Things for the Great War
November 11, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
During World War I, the Hopedale Sewing Circle took the task of supporting the soldiers seriously. They began volunteering for the Red Cross even before the United States entered the war, sewing and raising money for war refugees as early as fall, 1914. By spring of 1918, the list of surgical dressings and other medical supplies the women created comes to over 11,000 items. By the time the Great War ended, they had ripped, stitched, and knitted for the troops, raising money and awareness, and even supported an honor roll and carefully vetting the names “to be sure not one of our boys were omitted.”
Join historian Linda Hixon of the Hopedale Women’s History Project on the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day to learn about the efforts the women of Hopedale made during the “war to end all wars.” They raised money and created items to make this horrible war better for “our soldier boys,” with one of their own even suffering a personal tragedy along the way.