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Rare 1880 Quilt Found in Children's Hospital Donation Box Goes to Hayes Museum in Ohio

December 20, 2000

A rare 1880 signature quilt found this summer in a Children’s Hospital Thrift Store donation box in Redmond, WA was recently auctioned on eBay.

A rare 1880 signature quilt found this summer in a Children’s Hospital Thrift Store donation box in Redmond, WA was recently auctioned on eBay. The quilt raised $10,000 for the Children’s Hospital Uncompensated Care fund which ensures that no child is turned away based on their families’ ability to pay.

Made from heavy silk and velvet squares with faded pen signatures on the cover, the quilt was purchased by the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center at Spiegel Grove in Fremont, Ohio. It will be on display in the museum along with thousands of existing objects that belonged to the 19th President, his family and administration. The quilt has the signature of Rutherford B. Hayes along with several members of his cabinet and other noted politicians, writers, scientists, and artists.

Each year some 50,000 people visit the home, museum and library. The Center is located on a 25-acre wooded estate with gardens, historic hiking trails and the tombs of President Hayes and his wife Lucy. ” We could not be more pleased that the quilt will be on display for all to enjoy and in a fitting setting,” said Kyla DeRemer, Retail General Manager for Children’s.

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