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From the Archives – Renowned Artist Captures Red Cross Work in World War I

A unique record of Red Cross involvement in World War I is captured in the paintings of Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859-1937), the foremost African-American artist of his generation. Tanner, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on June 21, 1859, was the eldest of nine children. He spent most of his childhood in Philadelphia where he attended the Robert […]

What’s the Story Behind This Iconic Photo?

Many have come across this photo before, as it has more than once made the rounds on blogs, Facebook, Twitter and other social media channels. But the historic image deserves more than just a passing glance, as it speaks volumes about the the changing roles and importance of  women and the American Red Cross during World War […]

Throwback for National Donut Day: Donut Dolly, Kathy Hoff

A version of this post originally appeared on News from the Kentucky Region, written by Lauren Thomas. Happy National Donut Day! If you’ve never heard of Red Cross Donut Dollies, you’re in for a treat! (That is, unless you’ve already snagged a donut today. Then this is treat number two.) From her time as a Red […]

From the Archives – Volunteer Extraordinaire, Mabel Boardman

National Volunteer Week is April 10 to 16, 2016. From the Archives salutes Mabel Thorpe Boardman, dedicated volunteer and architect of the modern Red Cross who gave 40 years of her life to the organization.  Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross in 1881. Her strength and determination were the dominant forces of the organization in […]

From the Archives – History of the Red Cross in Harlem

History of the Red Cross in Harlem  In 1959, the American Red Cross in Greater New York (ARC/GNY) was formed. Red Cross units in the five boroughs were united into a single citywide organization, while at the same time recognizing the unique characteristics and specific needs of local neighborhoods. Eventually ARC/GNY became a network of […]

From the Archives – African American Leadership in the Red Cross

  African Americans Play Important Leadership Role In Red Cross History From the beginning, African Americans have played an important role in the mission of the American Red Cross. In honor of February’s observance of Black History Month, we salute the accomplishments of some remarkable individuals who paved the way by achieving recognition and prominence […]

From the Archives – Letter from a World War I Nurse

From 1914 to 1918, Europe endured the horrors of The Great War, now known as World War I. In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the conflict, “From the Archives” will feature a series of articles on Red Cross involvement in the war. Among the many nurses who volunteered to go to Europe to tend […]

From the Archives – Hemingway with the Red Cross in Italy

From 1914 to 1918, Europe endured the horrors of The Great War, now known as World War I. In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the conflict, “From the Archives” will feature a series of articles on Red Cross involvement in the war. The enormous scale of World War I meant a staggering need for […]

From the Archives – Walt Disney, World War I Driver

From 1914 to 1918, Europe endured the horrors of The Great War, later known as World War I. In recognition of the 100th anniversary, “From the Archives” will feature a series of articles describing Red Cross involvement in the war. When the United States entered the war in 1917, Walt Disney’s older brothers enlisted, but 16-year-old […]

From the Archives – Red Cross Nurses In World War I

From 1914 to 1918, Europe endured the horrors of The Great War, later known as World War I. In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the conflict, “From the Archives” will feature a series of articles on Red Cross involvement in the war. In the early years of World War I, there was a great […]