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Red Cross Volunteers – From the Archives

American Red Cross service delivery began on a very small scale, with one female volunteer. Clara Barton’s passion inspired others to join her in meeting the needs of fellow Americans and other people throughout the world. And the organization grew. Today, the Red Cross depends on the involvement of its hundreds of thousands of volunteers. […]

National Nurses Week – From the Red Cross Archives

National Nurses Week celebrates nurses and their role in society. Nurses Week began May 6 and finished May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Nightingale, a nurse who treated wounded soldiers during the Crimean War, helped establish nursing as a profession. In honor of our Red Cross nurses, here are some images from the Red Cross archives: […]

Thirty-Eight Years Later, She Remembers the Flood

Right before Easter in 1977, a record-breaking flood hit the Appalachia region. The USGS reports show “heavy rains fell over…Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia during the period of April 2-5.” “In 1977, I was 9 years old,” said Tamara Martin. “My three brothers, sister, mother and I were living in the apartment complex in Ramsey, Virginia. The flood […]

From the Archives for Women’s History Month: “Marjorie Bonynge and Volunteer Partnership in World War II”

Along with many other New York City residents, Marjorie Bonynge went to Pier 88 on West 49 Street to see the wreckage of the French liner which had caught fire and capsized while being converted into a U.S. troop transport. The burning of the ship in February 1942, just two months after the attack on Pearl Harbor and the entry […]

From the Archives–March is Red Cross Month

The tradition of ‘March is Red Cross Month’ started in 1943, during World War II. Prior to designating March as its official fundraising month, the American Red Cross conducted campaigns known as roll calls. That tradition began during World War I. When the United States entered World War II in 1941, the war effort placed […]

March is Red Cross Month: From the Archives

Red Cross Month traces its roots to the Christmas Roll Call, an end-of-year fund-raising effort begun during World War I to aid war victims in Europe.     The colorful flags that flew over New York City’s lower Fifth Avenue during Red Cross Week in May 1918 were immortalized in these two paintings below.   […]

From the Archives: Restorative Face Masks for WWI Soldiers

World War I caused the death of millions of combatants and civilians, while countless soldiers suffered from injury and disfigurement. Perhaps the most disheartening were facial injuries, as soldiers had to not only deal with the physical loss, but also the constant psychological stress of wondering how people would react to their changed appearance. These […]

From the Archives: Hurricane Response

This post was written by Kristen Rowley, Historical Programs intern. The first storm of hurricane season has come and gone. While experts are expecting a fairly mild season, it is important to recognize that even a mild season can easily wield a devastating storm. The Red Cross has over 120 years of experience dealing with […]

A Unique Piece of History: Clara Barton’s Trunk Bed

Clara Barton’s inspiration for starting the America Red Cross was cultivated while caring for the sick and wounded on Civil War battlefields. As a unique artifact from her time behind the lines goes on display, it’s a great reminder to appreciate stories told through any medium – whether it’s on paper, through a photograph or […]

Memorial Day Post: Grampa’s House

I always loved going to my Grampa’s house. When I was a baby, Grampa would relieve my mom by walking me to his house every day, just the two of us. I thought it was hysterical to throw my hat as far as I could, and he loved holding on to a stroller with his […]