Clara Barton Birthplace Museum

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    Located at the birthplace of Clara Barton is a museum honoring her life and legacy. Barton was a nurse and educator, best known as the founder of the American Red Cross. She was an independent nurse during the Civil War, serving in the most brutal battles and got the nickname ‘Angel of the Battlefield.’ After the war ended, Barton kept on helping the society, established the office of missing soldiers, and in 1881, after learning about the International Red Cross, she established the American Red Cross and became its first president. Barton’s actions have inspired countless people around the world and have a significant impact until this day.
    Clara Barton lived in this house for 32 years. The 19th-century single-story wood-frame house contains periodical artifacts as well as personal belongings of Barton and her family, including her mother’s clock, her father’s wallet, and even Barton’s field desk, where she wrote letters on behalf of the soldiers she nursed. The site is also housing The Barton Center for Diabetes Education, Inc.
    The homestead was bought in 1921 by the Unitarian-Universalist Federation of Women, who established it as a museum honoring Barton’s legacy.

    Women's History Month Commemoration: Clara Barton, "Angel of the Battlefield"

    Born in New Oxford, MA on Christmas Day 1821, Clara Barton was a bright, sensitive girl fascinated by her father’s stories of his military experiences with “Mad” Anthony Wayne on the Pennsylvania/Ohio frontier. Later, when Fort Sumter was attacked and President Lincoln called for 75,000 volunteers to defend the Union in the Civil War, Clara headed for the front lines, taking supplies and nursing wounded soldiers, earning the title “Angel of the Battlefield.” After the war, she helped to locate thousands of missing soldiers for their families and shared her war experiences in lecture halls across the country. She supported the Geneva Treaty which established the standards of international law for humanitarian treatment in war. After her service during the Civil War, Clara founded the American Red Cross, saving thousands of lives in disaster relief here and abroad.

    The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center celebrated Women’s History Month with an event, featuring historian and actress. Ms. Jordan is a professional actor, playwright, and director, whose passion for history led her to bring the stories of famous American women to appreciative audiences throughout the country. She has performed at venues, including the 42nd Street and Clurman Theatres in New York, Philadelphia’s Academy of Music, and in historical films such as Eyewitness to History, and History of the American Flag. She is a graduate of Villanova University and has studied at the HB Studio in NY and accredited venues such as Juilliard’s Opera Workshop with Vincent LaSelva, and Rutgers-Camden Summer Theatre Production Program.

    Presentation Date: March 20, 2017
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    Address: 66 Clara Barton Rd., North Oxford, MA 01537
    Open from May to September, the rest of the year, the visits are by appointment
    Opening Hours: 10 AM - 4 PM
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