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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 […]

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 begins each year on May 6 and ends 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 […]

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 […]