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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 [...]

From the Archives: Clara Barton’s Office of Missing Soldiers

Just recently, the Red Cross history team toured the restored Clara Barton’s Office of Missing Soldiers at No. 9, 437½ 7th Street. The office is located in a former Washington, D.C., boarding house, where Clara Barton rented rooms during and after the Civil War. While Clara provided relief to the Civil War wounded, she accumulated [...]

From the Archives: National Nurses Week

May 6 – May 12, 2014 is National Nurses Week! To honor all Red Cross nurses, past and present, we offer a look at American Red Cross nurses throughout our history.            

From the Archives: Red Cross Dogs

In honor of Pet First Aid Awareness Month, we look back at the role of dogs in the Red Cross. While the American Red Cross did not use dogs during World War I, several foreign Red Cross societies employed dogs that greatly aided the Allied forces during the war. A number of these dogs were [...]

From the Archives: Women of the Motor Service

As Women’s History Month continues, we honor American Red Cross women in our second and final entry illustrating volunteer services dominated by women. This post will focus on the American Red Cross Motor Corps. The motor service was established in February 1918. Its mission was to transport the sick and wounded from troop trains to [...]

From the Archives: Women of the Canteen Service

March is Women’s History Month! And to celebrate it, we will be highlighting two volunteer services of the American Red Cross in which women played a predominant role. Our first post will cover the American Red Cross Canteen Service. During World War I, transportation difficulties and congestion at important railroad junctions often made it impossible [...]

From the Archives – President Kennedy and Red Cross

On the anniversary of his death, we remember President John F. Kennedy with this August 1962 image. He met with international youth delegates at the White House as part of the American Red Cross program, Operation VISTA (Visit of International Students to America). The program brought 112 youth delegates from 42 countries to the United [...]

From the Archives – Victory Book Campaign

In November 1941, the American Red Cross, the United Service Organizations (USO) and the American Library Association (ALA) formed the Victory Book Campaign (originally named the National Defense Book Campaign). This nationwide campaign’s goal was for the public to donate books as reading material for members of the armed forces. The books would supplement the [...]

From the Archives – Junior Red Cross News

Here is a fall-themed cover of the Junior Red Cross News from October, 1937. Sent to classrooms across the United States, the Junior Red Cross News first appeared in 1919 and became very popular among American youth. Junior Red Cross News carried reports of Red Cross youth in other countries, human interest stories, and articles [...]