Clara Barton National Historic Site (U.S. National Park Service)

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The Clara Barton National Historic Site was established in 1974 to interpret the life of Clara Barton (1821–1912), founder of the American Red Cross. The site is located 2 miles northwest of Washington D.C. in Glen Echo, Maryland. The first national historic site dedicated to the accomplishments of a woman, it preserves the early history of the American Red Cross and illustrates Clara Barton's ded

The Clara Barton National Historic Site was established in 1974 to interpret the life of Clara Barton (1821–1912), founder of the American Red Cross. The site is located 2 miles northwest of Washington D.C. in Glen Echo, Maryland. The first national historic site dedicated to the accomplishments of a woman, it preserves the early history of the American Red Cross and illustrates Clara Barton's ded

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Thanksgiving Day in the United States is observed by many different traditions by people of many different backgrounds. ...
11/25/2021

Thanksgiving Day in the United States is observed by many different traditions by people of many different backgrounds. Often, gatherings for giving thanks for what is special to us centers around family and friends. Today's selection from Clara Barton's medals collection is not a medal from wartime service, but a symbol of deep and true friendship. Clara Barton received this gold knot brooch from Louise, Grand Duchess of Baden c. 1897, with the sentiment,
“An unbroken friendship of twenty-six years deserves to be tied by a knot of gold.”

We hope you are able to celebrate today with deep and true connections to the people important to you.

Thanksgiving Day in the United States is observed by many different traditions by people of many different backgrounds. Often, gatherings for giving thanks for what is special to us centers around family and friends. Today's selection from Clara Barton's medals collection is not a medal from wartime service, but a symbol of deep and true friendship. Clara Barton received this gold knot brooch from Louise, Grand Duchess of Baden c. 1897, with the sentiment,
“An unbroken friendship of twenty-six years deserves to be tied by a knot of gold.”

We hope you are able to celebrate today with deep and true connections to the people important to you.

Clara Barton arrived in the city of Strasbourg, France after it had fallen to the German Army.  The city had been under ...
11/19/2021

Clara Barton arrived in the city of Strasbourg, France after it had fallen to the German Army. The city had been under siege for nearly six weeks during August and September of 1870. After her first inspection of the burned and wrecked city, she realized more than six thousand people were homeless and many others were ill from starvation, typhoid fever or smallpox. Miss Barton stated, “I came suddenly into the midst of such an accumulation of woe - want & misery that there was not a moments [sic] time for anything besides attempting to relieve it.”

Silver medal (front) presented by Augusta, Empress of Germany, 1885. Marked on front “IMPERATRIX REGINA AUGUSTA.” Marked on rear, “IN NECESSARIIS UNITAS, IN DUBIIS LIBERTAS, IN OMNIBUS CARITAS.”

The Franco-Prussian War was a remarkably important period of Miss Barton's life because the knowledge she gained was vas...
11/17/2021

The Franco-Prussian War was a remarkably important period of Miss Barton's life because the knowledge she gained was vastly different from her Civil War experience. During the Civil War, Miss Barton concentrated on the relief of wounded soldiers on battlefields. This caused her to follow the U.S. Army, work in temporary areas and move on. Occasionally, for rest or to resupply, she returned to Washington, D.C., where the city's buildings and supply centers were untouched by battle conditions. Miss Barton's position with the German Red Cross during the Franco-Prussian War had her working mostly with the victims of war; women, children, the elderly or sick, left behind in cities where the fighting had destroyed homes, factories, stores, and nearly everything that offered a normal lifestyle. In the foreign surroundings of Strasbourg, Paris, Bescançon and Belfort, Miss Barton labored to restore a sense of community, survival and recovery. She worked among wretched, starving people with whom she was not even able to speak to without the assistance of a translator.

Clara Barton received several medals, jewels, and commemorative coins from her service during the Franco-Prussian War including this “Gold Cross of Remembrance.” It was presented by the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Baden, 1871, for Franco-Prussian War services. Rear markings include symbols of a crown, a cross, a family shield and dates “1870 1871.”

The Franco-Prussian War was a remarkably important period of Miss Barton's life because the knowledge she gained was vastly different from her Civil War experience. During the Civil War, Miss Barton concentrated on the relief of wounded soldiers on battlefields. This caused her to follow the U.S. Army, work in temporary areas and move on. Occasionally, for rest or to resupply, she returned to Washington, D.C., where the city's buildings and supply centers were untouched by battle conditions. Miss Barton's position with the German Red Cross during the Franco-Prussian War had her working mostly with the victims of war; women, children, the elderly or sick, left behind in cities where the fighting had destroyed homes, factories, stores, and nearly everything that offered a normal lifestyle. In the foreign surroundings of Strasbourg, Paris, Bescançon and Belfort, Miss Barton labored to restore a sense of community, survival and recovery. She worked among wretched, starving people with whom she was not even able to speak to without the assistance of a translator.

Clara Barton received several medals, jewels, and commemorative coins from her service during the Franco-Prussian War including this “Gold Cross of Remembrance.” It was presented by the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Baden, 1871, for Franco-Prussian War services. Rear markings include symbols of a crown, a cross, a family shield and dates “1870 1871.”

November 11, 2021. Veterans Day, a day to honor and show gratitude to all Military service personnel who have served our...
11/12/2021

November 11, 2021. Veterans Day, a day to honor and show gratitude to all Military service personnel who have served our country.

Clara Barton never served officially in the U. S. Military, as women could not join the U.S. Military during the Civil War; so she is not considered a Veteran. But, the greatest work of her life was in service of the U.S. Military and she was the grand-daughter and daughter of U.S. Military men.

It was from learning of her family's connections to our country's founding and the protection of our country that drew her into service on behalf of the soldiers at the beginning of the Civil War. She stated, "What could I do but go with them, or work for them and my country? The patriot blood of my father was warm in my veins."
It was her father, Stephen Barton, she credited with giving her the strength to pursue traveling to the front lines.

During 1861, Clara Barton's work was confined to Washington, D.C. supplying and caring for wounded soldiers that survived the journey from the battlefield to the hospitals in Washington. During the winter, when her father fell in, she returned to Massachusetts to care for him. In the weeks before he passed away, they discussed the conditions in Washington. She discussed her desire to travel with the Army and go to the front, but she was afraid she would be treated as a camp follower. Her father reassured her, if she were to travel with the military as a lady, she would always be treated as a lady. He presented her with his Masonic Pin and she recalled, "as a patriot he bade me serve my country with all I had, even my life if need be."

The Staff of Clara Barton NHS thank all who have served our country and remember with honor those who served with their lives.

Thank you!

https://www.clarabartonbirthplace.org/claras-life/claras-family/

November 11, 2021. Veterans Day, a day to honor and show gratitude to all Military service personnel who have served our country.

Clara Barton never served officially in the U. S. Military, as women could not join the U.S. Military during the Civil War; so she is not considered a Veteran. But, the greatest work of her life was in service of the U.S. Military and she was the grand-daughter and daughter of U.S. Military men.

It was from learning of her family's connections to our country's founding and the protection of our country that drew her into service on behalf of the soldiers at the beginning of the Civil War. She stated, "What could I do but go with them, or work for them and my country? The patriot blood of my father was warm in my veins."
It was her father, Stephen Barton, she credited with giving her the strength to pursue traveling to the front lines.

During 1861, Clara Barton's work was confined to Washington, D.C. supplying and caring for wounded soldiers that survived the journey from the battlefield to the hospitals in Washington. During the winter, when her father fell in, she returned to Massachusetts to care for him. In the weeks before he passed away, they discussed the conditions in Washington. She discussed her desire to travel with the Army and go to the front, but she was afraid she would be treated as a camp follower. Her father reassured her, if she were to travel with the military as a lady, she would always be treated as a lady. He presented her with his Masonic Pin and she recalled, "as a patriot he bade me serve my country with all I had, even my life if need be."

The Staff of Clara Barton NHS thank all who have served our country and remember with honor those who served with their lives.

Thank you!

https://www.clarabartonbirthplace.org/claras-life/claras-family/

When the Franco-Prussian War began in 1870, Miss Barton was traveling in Europe and offered her services to the Internat...
11/07/2021

When the Franco-Prussian War began in 1870, Miss Barton was traveling in Europe and offered her services to the International Red Cross. She was sent to meet with the Grand Duchess of Baden (Germany). Grand Duchess Louise was the daughter of Kaiser Wilhelm I and the Empress Augusta. She was a noted philanthropist and involved with the founding the German Red Cross. She advocated women serving as relief workers and supported the establishment of nursing schools. She accepted Miss Barton into the relief efforts on behalf of the sufferers of the Franco-Prussian War and Clara Barton worked under sponsorship of the German Red Cross.

The Grand Duchess gave Miss Barton her first Red Cross pin, issued her a railroad pass and sent her to Strasbourg (France). Miss Barton wore this pin throughout her second war relief experience, the Franco-Prussian War. Pin engraved on rear, “Clara Barton Presented by R.H. the Grand Duchess of Baden.”

https://www.nps.gov/museum/exhibits/clba/exb/work/overview/clba34_letterfront.html

When the Franco-Prussian War began in 1870, Miss Barton was traveling in Europe and offered her services to the International Red Cross. She was sent to meet with the Grand Duchess of Baden (Germany). Grand Duchess Louise was the daughter of Kaiser Wilhelm I and the Empress Augusta. She was a noted philanthropist and involved with the founding the German Red Cross. She advocated women serving as relief workers and supported the establishment of nursing schools. She accepted Miss Barton into the relief efforts on behalf of the sufferers of the Franco-Prussian War and Clara Barton worked under sponsorship of the German Red Cross.

The Grand Duchess gave Miss Barton her first Red Cross pin, issued her a railroad pass and sent her to Strasbourg (France). Miss Barton wore this pin throughout her second war relief experience, the Franco-Prussian War. Pin engraved on rear, “Clara Barton Presented by R.H. the Grand Duchess of Baden.”

https://www.nps.gov/museum/exhibits/clba/exb/work/overview/clba34_letterfront.html

The Bordentown Historic Society of Bordentown, New Jersey is the steward of the schoolhouse Clara Barton opened in 1852....
10/28/2021

The Bordentown Historic Society of Bordentown, New Jersey is the steward of the schoolhouse Clara Barton opened in 1852. It was the first free public school in the state of New Jersey and was established by Clara Barton! Miss Barton was familiar with free public schools from teaching in her home state of Massachusetts. She had moved to New Jersey in 1851 and when she saw children not in school, as their parents could not afford the school fees, she took the initiative to do something. She gained the approval of local officials and opened her free public school. Miss Barton worked very hard to make it a success and attendance grew and grew.

Two hundred years after Clara Barton's birth, the schoolhouse in Bordentown is one of the several historic sites in America that memorializes Clara Barton's service.

Congratulations to all involved with the replica Clara Barton Schoolhouse entered in the Bordentown Halloween Parade and winning first place in the adult organization category.

https://www.facebook.com/BordentownHistoricalSociety/

https://bordentownhistory.org/clara-barton-schoolhouse/

The Bordentown Historic Society of Bordentown, New Jersey is the steward of the schoolhouse Clara Barton opened in 1852. It was the first free public school in the state of New Jersey and was established by Clara Barton! Miss Barton was familiar with free public schools from teaching in her home state of Massachusetts. She had moved to New Jersey in 1851 and when she saw children not in school, as their parents could not afford the school fees, she took the initiative to do something. She gained the approval of local officials and opened her free public school. Miss Barton worked very hard to make it a success and attendance grew and grew.

Two hundred years after Clara Barton's birth, the schoolhouse in Bordentown is one of the several historic sites in America that memorializes Clara Barton's service.

Congratulations to all involved with the replica Clara Barton Schoolhouse entered in the Bordentown Halloween Parade and winning first place in the adult organization category.

https://www.facebook.com/BordentownHistoricalSociety/

https://bordentownhistory.org/clara-barton-schoolhouse/

Because of Miss Barton's Civil War accomplishments she was honored by numerous post-Civil War chapters of the Grand Army...
10/17/2021

Because of Miss Barton's Civil War accomplishments she was honored by numerous post-Civil War chapters of the Grand Army of the Republic and its auxiliary the Woman's Relief Corps. One of the affiliated lodges in Gloucester, Massachusetts, which in addition to presenting Clara Barton with the medal pictured here, named their lodge in her honor.

Clara Barton Lodge of the Sisters of the G.A.R. of Gloucester, Massachusetts medal presented in 1890. Marked on front “S. of G.A.R. 1870”, inscribed on rear, “Presented to Clara Barton by Clara Barton Lodge S. of G.A.R. Gloucester, Mass. Aug. 22nd 1890.”

Because of Miss Barton's Civil War accomplishments she was honored by numerous post-Civil War chapters of the Grand Army of the Republic and its auxiliary the Woman's Relief Corps. One of the affiliated lodges in Gloucester, Massachusetts, which in addition to presenting Clara Barton with the medal pictured here, named their lodge in her honor.

Clara Barton Lodge of the Sisters of the G.A.R. of Gloucester, Massachusetts medal presented in 1890. Marked on front “S. of G.A.R. 1870”, inscribed on rear, “Presented to Clara Barton by Clara Barton Lodge S. of G.A.R. Gloucester, Mass. Aug. 22nd 1890.”

During the Civil War, Miss Barton worked as an independent civilian. She had not yet founded the American Red Cross nor ...
10/14/2021

During the Civil War, Miss Barton worked as an independent civilian. She had not yet founded the American Red Cross nor was she aware of the International Red Cross. Many years later, Miss Barton would be honored by veterans' organizations and accorded honorary memberships in Civil War remembrance organizations. Pictured is the Grand Army and Woman’s Relief Corps medal presented in 1886. Miss Barton accorded honorary membership in the organization. The medal is marked on front, “F.C.L. WOMANS RELIEF COPRS 1883”, inscribed on rear, “PRESENTED TO Clara Barton by Fourth National Committee W.R.C. SAN FRANCISCO CA AUG 2 – 7 – 1886.”

During the Civil War, Miss Barton worked as an independent civilian. She had not yet founded the American Red Cross nor was she aware of the International Red Cross. Many years later, Miss Barton would be honored by veterans' organizations and accorded honorary memberships in Civil War remembrance organizations. Pictured is the Grand Army and Woman’s Relief Corps medal presented in 1886. Miss Barton accorded honorary membership in the organization. The medal is marked on front, “F.C.L. WOMANS RELIEF COPRS 1883”, inscribed on rear, “PRESENTED TO Clara Barton by Fourth National Committee W.R.C. SAN FRANCISCO CA AUG 2 – 7 – 1886.”

Did you know the Library of Congress has a collection of medals and awards given to Clara Barton throughout her lifetime...
10/11/2021

Did you know the Library of Congress has a collection of medals and awards given to Clara Barton throughout her lifetime? We’ll give you a sneak peek into what’s there! Pictured here is a gold Masonic emblem. This pin was given to Barton by her father, Stephen Barton, before his death in March 1862. Stephen Barton encouraged his daughter to continue her relief efforts during the Civil War, and their
time together at his bedside before his death renewed her strength and courage in her work. Clara Barton wore this pin throughout the Civil War during her time tending to wounded soldiers on the battlefield and recalled about the pin that “I have no
doubt that it protected me on many an occasion.” Clara Barton’s work during the Civil War, encouraged by her father, would influence her life’s mission and lead to her founding of the American Red Cross.

Did you know the Library of Congress has a collection of medals and awards given to Clara Barton throughout her lifetime? We’ll give you a sneak peek into what’s there! Pictured here is a gold Masonic emblem. This pin was given to Barton by her father, Stephen Barton, before his death in March 1862. Stephen Barton encouraged his daughter to continue her relief efforts during the Civil War, and their
time together at his bedside before his death renewed her strength and courage in her work. Clara Barton wore this pin throughout the Civil War during her time tending to wounded soldiers on the battlefield and recalled about the pin that “I have no
doubt that it protected me on many an occasion.” Clara Barton’s work during the Civil War, encouraged by her father, would influence her life’s mission and lead to her founding of the American Red Cross.

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Clara Barton sent hundreds of Christmas, holiday, and New Year's greetings each year. We wish you a Happy New Year and look forward to sharing more of Clara Barton's legacy with you throughout 2021, the bicentennial year of her birth.
Our Clara completed the Traveling Program for the Clara Barton National Historic Site. Her badge and certificate arrived today. The National Park Service provided some of our best lessons during quarantine. #nps #juniorranger
Eight years ago today this white plum was planted to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Clara Barton’s death. I took this photo. Can you post a photo of the tree today? Thank you.
Great tour with Ranger Kevin....
Clara Barton is my hero. First book I ever owned was her Autobiography of her childhood. Any ideas how to find that same book? It was the first book I ever owned I found in someone's garbage at 8 years old and she saved my life through all I went through as a kid. I read that book and fell in love with it. I read it over and over till it fell apart. It was the one where she talked about being in private school and her brother with small pox, her having a dream of having her hair cut off by a American Indian because it wasn't brown. From what I remember. My mom threw it away. I love you Clara and your memories will always stay with me. Wish I was born back in her day so I could had met the greatest lady in history. Founder of the American Red Cross. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Thanks Clara Barton National Historic Site! My girls were so excited to see they got more then their badges!
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