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Glen Echo in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

A Life of Service

(Clara Barton)

 
 
A Life of Service Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 16, 2011
1. A Life of Service Marker
Inscription.
"You have never known me without work;
while able, you never will." —Clara Barton
Clara Barton lived a life that transcended limitations. She built a career of humanitarian service in a society that did not grant her full rights because of her gender.

When Clara Barton moved into this house in 1897, she was 75 years old and had gained international fame for her work in the Civil War. After the war, Clara Barton traveled to Europe where she learned about the International Red Cross. She served with the German Red Cross in the Franco Prussian War and earned several honors. When she returned to America, she spent 5 years lobbying Congress to ratify the Treaty of Geneva in order to establish the American Red Cross. In Glen Echo, Miss Barton continued her work in foreign aid, diplomacy, and equal rights while leading the American Red Cross. Along the way, Clara Barton developed ways of thinking that are part of our lives today. She gave us the first aid kit, emergency preparedness, and was a pioneer of natural disaster relief.
 
Erected by National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 38° 58.049′ N, 77° 8.448′ W. Marker is in Glen Echo, Maryland
Clara Barton at her desk image. Click for full size.
By A Life of Service Marker
2. Clara Barton at her desk
, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Oxford Road. Touch for map. Located at the parking lot / Oxford Road entrance to the Clara Barton House, at Glen Echo Park. Marker is in this post office area: Glen Echo MD 20812, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Clara Barton House (a few steps from this marker); A Heroine's Home (within shouting distance of this marker); “A riotous country jumble” (within shouting distance of this marker); The Hall of Philosophy (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Clara Barton Trail (about 400 feet away); The Glen Echo Park Yurts (about 600 feet away); Glen Echo Park’s Crystal Pool (about 600 feet away); The Changing Face of Glen Echo (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glen Echo.
 
Also see . . .  Clara Barton: Founder of the American Red Cross. she risked her life when she was nearly 40 years old to bring supplies and support to soldiers in the field during the Civil War. ...Following the battle of Cedar Mountain in northern Virginia in August 1862, she appeared at a field hospital at midnight with a wagon-load of supplies drawn by a four-mule team. The surgeon on duty, overwhelmed by the human disaster surrounding him, wrote later, "I thought that night if heaven
Clara Barton image. Click for full size.
By A Life of Service Marker
3. Clara Barton
ever sent out a[n] . . . angel, she must be one-her assistance was so timely." Thereafter she was known as the "Angel of the Battlefield" as she served the troops at the battles of Fairfax Station, Chantilly, Harpers Ferry, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Charleston, Petersburg and Cold Harbor. ...Then, at age 60, she founded the American Red Cross in 1881 and led it for the next 23 years. (Submitted on July 30, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
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Winter View of the Northwest Face, Clara Barton House image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats
4. Winter View of the Northwest Face, Clara Barton House
A Life of Service Marker, Home and office of Clara Barton image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 16, 2011
5. A Life of Service Marker, Home and office of Clara Barton
Clara Barton image. Click for full size.
By Mathew Brady, Washington, D.C., circa 1865
6. Clara Barton
Most famous and widely circulated photograph of Barton
Clara Barton American Red Cross Commemorative Stamp, First Day Issue image. Click for full size.
By USps, September 7, 1948
7. Clara Barton American Red Cross Commemorative Stamp, First Day Issue
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 30, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 4,109 times since then and 101 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 31, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   4. submitted on April 25, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   5. submitted on July 31, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   6, 7. submitted on July 30, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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