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03-24-2006, 05:26 PM
What a new look this site has now. Due to a move and job change I have not posted in some time. Now for my question, The women of our club would like to put on a "Sanitary Fair". Does anyone know of sites, articles, etc. that would give guidelines, suggestions, ideas ... that they can use?? Any help would be appreciated.
Patrick Murphy

03-25-2006, 12:39 PM
You might want to begin with Matthew Gallman's The North Fights the Civil War (1994) for some basic information on how the Sanitary Fairs worked. There's also some excellent background discussion in Phil Paludan's A People's Contest. If you're interested in more specific information of the Sanitary Commission's work in your state, then I'm sure your historical society will have programs, correspondence, etc. -- I've seen thick files of information in several historical societies around the country. That will give you more details on who was in charge, what was on the program, what sorts of events were planned, etc. Good luck!

03-26-2006, 12:40 PM
Also, Mary Livermore's "My Story of the Civil War" is a great one on general Sanitary Commission activities.

I did a brief article for the magazine Civil War Historian last year, on children's involvement in Aid Fairs.

Sometimes, you can strike pay-dirt with on-line newspaper archives, too:



Those are two of my favorite. :)