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What the heck is a sanitary fair? Howdoesthiswo 14:48, 7 August 2006 (UTC)
A sanitary fair was a fund raising event put on by a community and the local aid society or commission branch for the benefit of the soldiers. Money raised was given to the United States Sanitary Commission to purchase items like medicine and food which couldn't be procured via donations.
We have a great Yahoo! Group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ussanitarycommission/ where people interested in the U.S. Sanitary Commission (primarily reenactors and living historians) share information. There are extensive links there to primary sources as well as photos of original items and some reenactment photos. Duchesswiki, 08:49, 20 April 2008.
Since the post-war report of Stille, page 490, cited in the article, gives the $25 million estimate, it was in the value of money at the time. It is an estimate because it includes in-kind contributions and some state or local branch revenues/expenditures for which there was not good accounting. I assume this can be converted to today's money but I do not have a source readily at hand to do that now. I will edit the article to show that it was Civil War era value. Donner60 (talk) 05:15, 9 April 2014 (UTC)