“THE RAFFLE” is a painting by George Henry Taggart of
Patrick Burns, Michael Burns, and John Burns, who were three
of the children of Thomas Burns and Mary Flynn Burns, that
is now owned by the Jefferson County Historical Society. It
has been an iconic symbol of the many descendants of Thomas
Burns and Mary Flynn Burns. It was painted in Watertown,
New York, in 1893, and was later reproduced and distribut-
ed nationwide as a calendar by the Osborne Company. This
endowment was created to ensure that the painting will always
remain on display in Jefferson County, New York, for the
enjoyment of all, and to provide a unique way to support the
ongoing operations of the Jefferson County Historical Society.
The Jefferson County Historical Society, in consideration of
this endowment, has agreed to not sell “THE RAFFLE” and to
be certain it remains on public display. The Roswell P. Flower
Memorial Library and the Northern New York Community
Foundation have agreed to serve as alternate sites for display
of “THE RAFFLE” should the Jefferson County Historical
Society wish to rotate it out of exhibition. Our goal is to raise
a large endowment that will forever protect “THE RAFFLE” and its owner. We are seeking donations from Burns family members and others who
would like to support the Jefferson County Historical Society as well as preserve the history of the Burns and Taggart families in Jefferson County,
New York. An exhibition of “THE RAFFLE” and other Taggart paintings of the Burns brothers is planned for August 2019 through October 2019.
If you would like to support the Burns Family Endowment to Honor and Protect “THE RAFFLE,” which benefits the
Jefferson County Historical Society, please fill out this form.
More paintings of the Burns family
An online store featuring merchandise of the Burns Family paintings will be available soon. In the meantime, please visit the Jefferson County Historical Society to see available prints and other items.