On this day in 1917, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the International Committee of the Red Cross. Three years had gone by after the outbreak of World War I with no winner awarded. The Nobel Committee felt there were no worthy candidates nominated. Of special note to the committee that year was the Red Cross’s establishment of the International Prisoner-of-War Agency, which sent more than 800,000 communiqués to soldiers’ families by June 1917.

The Ladies Reading Circle of Morristown, Tennessee made this Red Cross Quilt for fundraising in 1919. It was machine and hand pieced and then hand quilted by the group. It was donated to the Rose Center for the Arts in Morristown in 1976 and the museum’s director documented the quilt during the Quilts of Tennessee project.

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Posted by Amy E. Milne
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