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Clara Barton 100th Year Anniversary
One of the great American heroes of her time, Clara Barton, nursed on the battlefields during the Civil War then went on to found the American Red Cross. For twenty three years she led the organization’s efforts to aid those around the world affected by war and disaster. Along the way, she broke down barriers for African Americans and women. Throughout her working life she stood by the disadvantaged and helpless. At the end of her ninety year life she had created things that are a part of our lives today like First Aid, Emergency Preparedness and the American Red Cross.
April 12, 2012 will mark the 100th year anniversary of Clara Barton’s death. The Clara Barton National Historic Site in Glen Echo will host a series of events that will reexamine Ms. Barton’s legacy, life, and work.
- On Thursday, April 12, the anniversary of her death, there will be an open house at Clara Barton National Historic Site (NHS) from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Special exhibits will be featured, along with a visit from Miss Barton’s former assistant and American Red Cross Chief Field Agent, Dr. Julian B. Hubbell portrayed by James Perry.
- On Friday, April 13 hourly tours will highlight Miss Barton’s legacy and the period surrounding her death from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- On Saturday, April 14 the actress, Mary Ann Jung will portray Clara Barton in performances at the Bumper Car Pavilion in Glen Echo Park. The performances at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. are free and appropriate for all ages. An Open House at Clara Barton NHS will feature Dr. Hubbell from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m.
- Finally, on Sunday, April 15 a symposium on Clara Barton featuring author Elizabeth Brown Pryor and George Washington University women’s history scholar, Bonnie Morris will take place in Glen Echo Park’s Spanish Ballroom Annex from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. An Open House will feature Dr. Hubbell and Elizabeth Brown Pryor for a book signing at Clara Barton NHS from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
To learn more about the exciting series of events commemorating Miss Barton’s life, visit the National Park Service website or call 301-320-1410.
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