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Contact: Aaron LaRocca, 703 289 2500
Glen Echo, Md. – Starting Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, Clara Barton National Historic Site will be closed to the public for a rehabilitation project. The closure is expected to last about one year, and is necessary to ensure the safety of visitors.
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.
In preparation, the historic furnishings and many collection items were moved last fall to a state-of-the-art museum collections facility in Maryland.
For updates on construction and additional information about Clara Barton and her work with the early American Red Cross please visit the website at www.nps.gov/clba or call 301-320-1400.
About the George Washington Memorial Parkway: The 4th most visited place in the National Park System, the George Washington Memorial Parkway is a scenic roadway honoring the nation's first president, that protects and preserves cultural and natural resources along the Potomac River from Great Falls to Mount Vernon, and is part of a comprehensive system of parks, parkways and recreational areas surrounding the nation's capital.