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Raffle to Benefit New Market Educational Mission

FullTextImage/img/@altThis quilt, Courage Beyond Belief, was created by staff and volunteers of the Virginia Museum of the Civil War. -- Photo courtesy of Stacey Nadeau.

Quilt Commemorates the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of New Market

NEW MARKET, Va., April 4, 2014 – Raffle tickets are now on sale for Courage Beyond Belief, a quilt created by the staff and volunteers of the Virginia Museum of the Civil War at New Market Battlefield State Historical Park. The raffle is a fundraiser for the educational mission of the museum.

On display now in the museum’s main lobby, the quilt was created to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of New Market. The battle was fought on May 15, 1864.

“The colors of red, white, blue, and gray honor the nearly ten thousand men from both sides who fought gallantly on these fields,” said Stacey Nadeau, the museum’s supervisor of historical interpretation, who designed the quilt and coordinated the project. “The twenty-one stars salute those whose lives were sacrificed on the field of battle, among them ten cadets from the Virginia Military Institute.”

With well over 500 hours of stitching from more than 15 volunteers, the project reflects the community that created it.

“Each star in the quilt is as unique as the sewer who fashioned it,” said Nadeau.

“Working on the quilt was awesome because it not only brought together the stories of those that were here 150 years ago, it also brought us [the staff and volunteers] together to share our talents and stories,” added Charmaine Detrow, historical interpreter.

Volunteers were asked to create patchwork stars in red, white, blue and gray. Work on the quilt was done in the context of both the modern world and the 19th century.

“Much of the quilting took place as the costumed volunteers interpreted the Bushong family’s 1850s life for our visitors,” said Nadeau.

Tickets are available for sale through the museum’s General’s Store at $5 each or five for $20. Tickets may also be ordered by calling 866-515-1864. The drawing will be held Oct. 4. Ticket holders need not be present to win; the quilt will be shipped to the winning ticket-holder.

For more information, contact Nadeau at nadeausr@vmi.edu.

-VMI-