|Clara Barton 1821-1912 Founder of the American Red Cross|
The Clara Barton Birthplace Museum teaches the timeless lessons of compassion and service through Clara Barton's life story. Throughout her long life she sought to improve people's lives by, in her own words, "offering a hand up, not a handout." Clara Barton has inspired countless teachers, medical professionals and social workers. Almost two centuries after her birth, the incredible stories of this great humanitarian continue to draw students and families to her childhood home to learn about her boundless mercy and commitment.
This American treasure, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, preserves Clara Barton's legacy of compassion. Located within the Quinebaug-Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor in North Oxford, Massachusetts, the property is also home to The Barton Center for Diabetes Education, Inc., a premiere health education institution for children with diabetes and their families.