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Now Scheduling Ranger Programs on Clara Barton

Free hour long programs presented by a park ranger from Clara Barton National Historic Site are available for groups of ten or more. They can be scheduled at off-site locations in the Washington D.C. metro area or at Glen Echo Park.

To make reservations, call: 301-320-1407.

Clara Barton - An American Life

This program will bring the story of Clara Barton's remarkable career to life. The talk will also highlight Miss Barton’s legacy as an advocate for the expansion of rights for African Americans and women. The audience will learn of her role as a pioneer of emergency preparedness, first aid and natural disaster relief work.


Between the Bullet and the Hospital

This program will explore the dangers Clara Barton faced and the accomplishments she achieved during the Civil War. The Civil War set Clara Barton on a path of service, one where she endured some of the same terrible conditions and extreme dangers as the soldiers. This path took Miss Barton to Antietam, where she worked as the battle raged around her. At the battle of Fredericksburg she was the only woman working at the front! Clara Barton did all this without formal training as a nurse and did not join in with the Superintendent of Army Nurses, Dorthea Dix’s nurses, or collaborate with the Christian Commission or the Sanitary Commission.

Clara Barton National Historic Site Closed for Construction

Clara Barton National Historic Site is closed to the public for a rehabilitation project. The closure will last until further notice. The rehabilitation project will help to preserve the historic house and the museum collections normally displayed on­site by replacing the failing metal roof and improving the fire suppression system. The rehabilitation will be done in a manner consistent with the historic significance of the house.

Last updated: March 2, 2017

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