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Object Name Brick, Clay
Subject Buildings & Structures
Community Life
Construction
Mission Memorial Hospital
WWI
Category 10: Unclassifiable Artifacts
Sub-category Need to Classify
Accession Number 1972.070.122a
Donor Anthony Taulbut
Description Brick - "souvenir" clay block bought to aid Mission Memorial Hospital 1937 - "M.M.H. 1937" inscribed - dimensions are 4 1/4"X 2" X 1 1/8" - red brown, mottled.

Provenance Mission Memorial Hospital was constructed as a living memorial for the fallen soldiers of World War I. After its construciton in 1925, the Hospital still required many improvements and eventually two new additions were built.
Because of poor funding and the economic depression of the 1930s, many fundraising activities were required to support both the expansion and even the daily operations of the hospital.
Support from the Mission community was key to the hospital's success. May Day celebrations, the Straberry Festival, the Annual Fall Bazaar and raffle draws are some examples of how money was raised. Many volunteers also contributed their efforts, from maintaining the upkeep of the wards, dishes, linens and providing donations of food. Ultimately, one third of the cost of the first expansion was paid for by donations from the locals.
These inscribed clay bricks were some of the items sold in order to raise funds for the new wing which was opened on January 20, 1938.