Clara Barton’s life of service has been a role model for generations of nurses, teachers, social workers, doctors, and allied health professionals. A new generation of executives and public servants values the leadership she exhibited with profound dedication to her cause and a strong work ethic. She cared little for personal comforts and strove to comfort and support others, always.

Clara Barton was brave: she chose to go to sites of battles and civilian disasters, saw chaos and devastation all around her, and yet had the temerity to stay. Clara Barton joined the battle for racial equality in the turbulent years following the Civil War.

“Clara Barton lived and died surrounded by all that went into the daily performance of her work. The author of this volume confesses to a certain chill and sinking of the heart when he first saw the interior of the Glen Echo home. He wanted to take Clara Barton out of it and house her in a cozy little place of her own, where for a few hours of the day she could forget the Red Cross and all its cares. But Clara Barton gloried in those undecorated board walls as if they had been palatial. It was a place for service, and that service was the joy and glory of her life.”

~ Rev. William E. Barton, biographer

Newspaper Articles in Scrapbook c 1888

(from “Virtual Museum Exhibit at Clara Barton National Historic Site)

This scrapbook contains clippings from “Women’s Tribune,” “Evening Star,” programs on Women’s Suffrage, etc. This page contains an article headed, “Daughters of America” and “The International Council of Women. Read more »