On this Day in History Quilts 2013: January 3

Able Hands
On this day in 1938 U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt founded the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, later renamed the March of Dimes Foundation.

From History.com:
A predominantly childhood disease in the early 20th century, polio wreaked havoc among American children every summer. The virus, which affects the central nervous system, flourished in contaminated food and water and was easily transmitted. Those who survived the disease usually suffered from debilitating paralysis into their adult lives. In 1921, at the relatively advanced age of 39, Roosevelt contracted polio and lost the use of his legs. With the help of the media, his Secret Service and careful event planning, Roosevelt managed to keep his disease out of the public eye, yet his personal experience inspired in him an empathy with the handicapped and prompted him to the found the March of Dimes.

Quilt Index record

This Wedding Ring, or Friendship Wreath Variation, quilt was pieced and hand quilted by Ava West of Nobe, West Virginia in 1935. West contracted polio when she was five years old and quilted as a pastime, but was also paid to sew. The quilt was documented by West’s sister-in-law during the West Virginia Heritage Quilt Search.
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Sources:
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/franklin-roosevelt-founds-march-of-dimes

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Posted by Amy E. Milne
Executive Director, Quilt Alliance
amy.milne@quiltalliance.org

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The Quilt Alliance is a nonprofit 501c3 organization established in 1993 whose mission is to document, preserve, and share our International quilt heritage by collecting the rich stories that historic and contemporary quilts, and their makers, tell about our nation's diverse peoples and their communities. In support of this mission, the Alliance brings together quilt makers and designers, the quilt industry, quilt scholars and teachers, and quilt collectors to further the following goals: To promote the understanding of the quilt as an important grassroots art form. To make information about quilts available to a broad public. To educate the public about the importance of documenting quilts and quiltmakers so that their stories will not be lost.

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